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Never would I have thought I would start
writing at 73 years of age. I have thoroughly enjoyed my voyage into the written spirituality of poetry and am thankful for the opportunity.  In my six years here I have met many new and wonderful persons. Having them accept me as a friend has been a moving experience.


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Blog Posted:5/19/2014 11:44:00 PM
From Deb Guzzi’s blog concerning haiku. Date: 5/19/2014 10:47:00 PM. She asked for an answer to the following question and the blog is too far down to get much response from anyone. So, I have written a response here in this blog and hope it eliminates some of the confusion surrounding haiku. 
"What shall we tell this poet about why a title is not used & why capitalization is not used?"  Suz has told them why no adjectives & adverbs & personification or metaphor"

Not only are titles a focal point, and we only want the meat of the poem to be the object of concentration, but they also are a way of extending the number of syllables allowed in a haiku. It is sort of like a cheat sheet. It is fine to title a haiku string (group of similar haiku). Capitalization is not used basically because there are no sentences in haiku, only long and short phrases. The same reasoning applies to why no periods afterward at the ends of the long and short phrases.  The only reason haiku are titled on the soup is because the nature of saving our poems demands a title.  What I do is copy the first line as the title. That way I gain no use of added syllables.
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  1. Date: 5/20/2014 2:56:00 PM
    Chas I think part of the confusion is that 2 of lines must be joined grammatically [as well as conceptually and in doing that we do get a sentence / sometimes [I would define a sentence as a subject & a verb at its base] here's one of mine which has been published [ripples spread/from the turning waterwheel – sparrow song] BUT that is not the only way to join the 2 lines they may be joined with prepositional phrases too [in the backseat/of the open convertible: lace panties]

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  1. Date: 5/20/2014 7:21:00 AM
    sorry guys, have to go. Bricklayer is here and I have more brick to clean.

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  1. Date: 5/20/2014 7:13:00 AM
    Thank you Suz, that is the point I was making above.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 5/21/2014 4:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I forgot to add: A headnote does not add to the syllable count.
  1. Date: 5/20/2014 4:03:00 AM
    You have a point regarding titles, Charles. I would, however, argue that a headnote (which is often used in tanka) might be permissible. It does not qualify as a title, as it merely sets the scene (like a little footnote would). Ie If the contest is run with reference to "spring", then I would place the headnote as such. However, I fully concur that the poem (whether it is haiku, sonnet, lyric, etc) should say it all and the reader should not be left in any doubt as to what you are trying to convey (as I felt the examples sited by Debbie in her post, did). Lastly, I am of the humble opinion that poetry (especially haiku & tanka) is a very private matter - it reflects the poet's reality.Su

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