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  1. Date: 7/23/2012 8:50:00 AM
    Charles, I agree wholeheartedly with your comment that we should each decide what we like about haiku and go there. i do not ever try to criticize or change another's haiku because of this. The definition has become almost personal.

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  1. Date: 7/23/2012 1:59:00 AM
    No, i wasn't talking about deliberately taking haiku in any particular direction. I could have worded the statement better. Every time someone writes a haiku it redefines the poem to an nth degree. Granted that poem will have very little impact on the total but none the less an impact. I should not try to force others into the "right" direction, I should just step back and reexamine myself to see if I am writing what I really want haiku to be. That I am not just emulating what I see others do. Michael Dylan Welch is a young successful translator/writer of japanese poetry. His opinion/definition of haiku on Graceguts includes a statement about misusing "inference" rather than using concrete sensory perception. He says the result of subjective inference is a weakened haiku because the reader can make the poem mean what they want it to be from the inference. We should all really try to decide what we like in haiku and try to go there. Change will happen on its on.

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  1. Date: 7/22/2012 1:46:00 PM
    CHARLES: Will stop by your blog soon. I will be posting some new haiku poets who have won national haiku awards (one judged by your mentor/friend, actually) and I think the haiku I'll be posting will make your eyebrows lift... looking forward to slowly reading your blog (lol. the next person who says my blogs are long, I'll point in your direction ;-) Happy Sunday to you, Cyndi

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  1. Date: 7/22/2012 1:43:00 PM
    Hi CHARLES: Sorry for the slow reply! I have been family-busy this entire weekend while fighting a cold/flu bug. Thank you for your kind reply. I agree, discussion is a good thing and leads to exploration/questioning which in turn opens the door for growth. I think it would be so sad if haiku felt it must abandon its original roots in order to branch out in a new direction, and I hope that is not what you meant by, "the way the form should progress." In our town, we still have blacksmiths, real blacksmiths, who work over an open flame, hammer with old tools the old way. Does change necessarily mean the complete abandon of what we should respect and hold dear? I do not think so. I respect those, like yourself, who are seeking to master an old craft, who HONOUR its origins and intents. I only question the new forms and how they should be permitted to branch out. Am I optimistic? A foolish romantic? Yes. It is possible for old and new to COEXIST with comfort, mutual admiration...Hugs

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  1. Date: 7/21/2012 4:17:00 PM
    Hey all, sorry it took so long to get back to you. I've been out and about with my girl and hubby. KIM: Exactly. I DO admire those who chose to write Japanese haiku. It is lovely and layered. JOANN: thank you! I'll write down that name. Must go again and will try to write more after my girl is asleep. I literally just had 3 mins. LOL. Momhood! Love it! xox Cyndi

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  1. Date: 7/20/2012 1:48:00 PM
    Thank you for the blog Cyndi. It is always good to get good haiku comment. I do think I see two parts in the mentioned haiku. Some at the comma and a couple at the implied comma, but that is just my personal opinion and may not be accurate, as I am still learning. Through our heightened awareness of haiku by disscussing on the blogs, perhaps the level of quality of haiku here on the soup can be raised a notch or two. I know I have written some pretty poor ones at times but realize there are many poets not even up to that level. Those are the only ones I feel comfortable trying to help get started. All must realize that there is so much differing opinion of which way the form should progress, they have to do their own soul searching about whether or not they are following good practice. All we can do is emmulate the successful poets of the genra in which we are interested and take all advice with a grain of suspicion, and make sure we are comfortable in our own little niche.

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  1. Date: 7/20/2012 11:45:00 AM
    the evolution of haiku goes on and on..like life,it has become purist, off-center, extremist..:) huggs!

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  1. Date: 7/20/2012 9:06:00 AM
    I have his Haiku 1-4 series of the Japanese masters. I also enjoy the haiku of Richard Wright, written in the year before his death. Great works, these two very different authors.

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  1. Date: 7/20/2012 6:25:00 AM
    Thank you for the info, Cyndi. Every time I start to write a haiku, I question if I'm doing it right. I like knowing I can be more flexible. After all, isn't doing things your own way what we call "poetic license"? I believe each poet should write what they feel comfortable with. If you prefer strict Japanese haiku guidelines than that's how you should write them. If you prefer more modern English style haiku, than write those. To each his own. Agree to disagree. Okay, I'm out of cliches. LOL Good blog, Cyndi Love, KIm

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  1. Date: 7/19/2012 9:50:00 PM
    I'll check out the recipe! Thanks, chum. You don't need to like contemporary haiku. No reader needs to like anything. But many do and many are getting these haiku published. Like 'em or leave 'em, but for the love of mike let's not diss 'em! And yes, there is irony here, cause I am not acting like the damned fish when I should be. I am definitely fighting the current, definitely flapping around for no reason. Hacket was admiring natures ability to just let go, give in, accept. Yeah, I do like it :-) REALLY. And some of the haiku I read that follows traditional outlines is so absurd that it is like that joke: refridgerator. No aha. No beauty. No finesse. Only adhesion to format. Dull as dishwater. But then, I do say, to each his own. Yes, your comment was polite, open and not in any way sly, caustic or uppity either. Just a meeting of minds, which is cool. Hugs, Cyndi

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  1. Date: 7/19/2012 9:38:00 PM
    Ok....Through your examples you're saying that we can write haiku using a run on sentence and without juxtaposition... Now...Do you really like these examples? The second one...it's just one sentence describing a huge and motionless fish facing the current... Am I missing something? : ) Twist? Emotion? Contradiction? Irony? Me dont like Contemporary haiku. I hope that this is a polite comment! : ) How's your cold? I sent you my Lemon Tea recipe (see the comment in my blog). Have a nice night.

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WORKSHOP NOW ON THE CONTEST PAGE. GIVING & RECEIVING CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK.
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KEEPING A PROMISE
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MY DREAM SOUP: NO CONTESTS ONLY WORKSHOPS. I MAKE A CASE.
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I CAN'T BREATHE ANTHOLOGY READY FOR ALL TO READ
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FINAL GIFTS: Last of the word pairings poem, featuring word pairings from Craig Cornish and Wala Na.
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BADLANDS BEN: Word pairings poem, includes pairings by John Lawless, Ruben, Olive, and Frederic
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NYMPHS AT NIGHTFALL: Another word pairing poem, Olive, Frederick and Rhonda word pairings
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MOJAVE. WORD PAIRING POEM 3 ...INSPIRED BY OLIVE (includes her pairing)
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THE HIERARCHY OF PUBLICATION CREDITS. MY ROAD TO PUBLICATION.
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FARMHOUSE: Uncommon word pairings poem #2
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AQUARIAM PEOPLE: WORD PAIRINGS POEM #1
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WHATTA PAIR YOU GOT THERE: A WORKSHOP ON IMAGERY AND WORD PAIRINGS
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AN ANALYSIS OF A SHORT POEM. FREE VERSE DECONSTRUCTION.
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/6/2015 WORKSHOP POEM: TAIL SPIN work in progress Free versecourage,fear,love hurts,
4/25/2015 PIXIE MARAUDERS Free versebirthday,celebration,chil
4/13/2015 PUCKISH Versecharacter,games,wisdom,
3/28/2015 MOOSE IN HEADLIGHTS Free verseanimal,environment,
11/10/2014 CHAN Free versefriend,goodbye,
8/25/2014 HOSTEL, 1978 Free versehistory,places,
6/7/2014 TORRENT Sonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/8/2014 ROOTS Free versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014 GINGHAM AND LACE Versedaughter,love,
3/24/2014 50 GODS Free versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014 WINTER IN PORTLAND Free versedepression,winter,
2/25/2014 PITY THE PIRANHA Free verseintrospection,people,
2/2/2014 WORD ON THE STREET, 2009 Sonnetbooks,friend,places,poetr
1/31/2014 JOURNEY COMPANIONS: THE FRIEND SONNETS PART II Sonnetfriend,hero,places,poetry
1/29/2014 DIVINE STEEPLES Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/26/2014 MUSE Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/14/2014 MY HEART BELONGS TO MONTREAL Iambic Pentameterheart,places,
1/13/2014 EDUCATED Free verseeducation,life,truth,wisd
1/6/2014 THE STAND Prosetruth,
12/19/2013 EXPLORING THE BASEMENT Free verseabuse,childhood,courage,
12/12/2013 THE POET'S PRAYER Versepassion,poetry,
12/10/2013 UNHOLY Versewinter,
12/3/2013 LA VIE EN ROSE Light Poetrycharacter,imagination,
11/29/2013 RIPPLES Free versesad,writing,
9/28/2013 EMILY DICKINSON Sonnetpoetess,
8/6/2013 THE OTHER-WISE Free verseart,introspection,
7/24/2013 PIMPED Free versechildren,lust,society,
6/5/2013 BAIT, 1986 Free versegrowing up,lust,men,
6/3/2013 COME AND PLAY ME Lyricmuse,music,passion,romant
5/31/2013 haiku 6 Haikuchildren,summer,
5/28/2013 BLAMELESS Personificationrain,
5/22/2013 ALL FALL DOWN Sestinadeath,history,london,
5/5/2013 SUNDAY SOJOURN Haibungarden,morning,time,
4/28/2013 WOMEN Free versefriendship,gender,
4/26/2013 SYLVIA Crown of Sonnetslife,poets,writing,
4/20/2013 THE POET'S CREED Free versepoetry,world,writing,
4/18/2013 THE TYPESET OF ANAIS Free verselust,writing,
3/21/2013 PALADIN Free versepeople,sympathy,
3/12/2013 ALLUSIVE PEARL Free verseart,imagination,
3/11/2013 ELIZABETH'S DIARY Prose Poetryimagination,love,
3/6/2013 HIS-STORY Free verseimagination,night,
2/22/2013 haiku 3 Haikufunny,seasons,
2/17/2013 BIDALSANA Free verseme,passion,
2/12/2013 GURO, MAHAL KITA Sonnetfriendship,on writing and
2/7/2013 haiku 1 Haikuchild,seasons,metaphor,
2/3/2013 ALCHEMY Versefood,seasons,time,februar
1/8/2013 HIGHWAY OF TEARS Rhymemystery,women,women,
12/20/2012 THIS BLEAK HEREAFTER Terzanellechild,death,grief,night,m
12/6/2012 CASTING HIS LINE Rondeaudad,nostalgia,sports,
11/20/2012 HOMER'S HUES Free verseart,introspection,
11/14/2012 happy haiku 2 Haikudaughter,introspection,li
11/5/2012 THE SONG OF DEBORAH Sonnetdevotion,friendship,
11/4/2012 SHADOWLANDS Free versedeath,faith,grief,history
10/30/2012 RIBBON TIED Sonnethealth,hope,life,
10/29/2012 LADY LIBERTY Sonnetinspirational,
10/29/2012 THIS TIME Sonnetintrospection,on writing
10/23/2012 THREE QUILLS Rhymeage,history,people,
10/18/2012 DAVID Sonnetfriendship,people,
10/13/2012 POETIC TART Light Poetryfunny,on writing and word
8/28/2012 VERS LIBRE, A CONSTANZA Rhymeon writing and words,word
8/27/2012 BLUE NOTES Sonnetart,blue,imagination,musi
8/24/2012 INSENSED Sonnetsad,sister,
8/19/2012 haiku 202 Haikudaughter,nature,
8/15/2012 PEOPLE OF AUTUMN Sonnetfaith,longing,people,seas
8/15/2012 AUTUMN COLOURS Acrosticlife,seasons,autumn,thank
8/12/2012 DARFUR Sonneteducation,people,war,
8/7/2012 A VISIT TO THE NURSING HOME Balladdaughter,family,places,
8/6/2012 JE PRIE, I PRAY Free versehope,loss,places,words,he
7/31/2012 A TAPESTRY WOMAN Acrosticintrospection,life,
7/25/2012 WINDOWS Shapedeath,life,people,urban,
7/18/2012 A MINER'S PRAYER Kyriellehistory,life,people,
6/6/2012 A TRIP TO EGO Free verse 
5/25/2012 IMMIGRANT Sonnetpeople,places,
5/23/2012 BURY ME IN BRAMBLE Free versedeath,introspection,snow,
5/1/2012 SISTERHOOD OF SIGHS Free versefriendship,
4/22/2012 ODE TO FIREFIGHTERS Odededication,old,people,
3/2/2012 PERFECT BLEND Sapphic stanzahappiness,holiday,
2/24/2012 THE WILD HORSES OF ASSATEAGUE ISLAND Narrativeplaces,
2/17/2012 EULOGY FOR THE ELDON GALLERY, WATERLOO Free verseart,grandmother,life,plac
2/6/2012 BOUNDLESS Free verselife,me,people,teen,
1/12/2012 CYANIDE Villanellelost love,lost,lost,
11/26/2011 Whispers of Moogsmoorwood Free verseadventure,fantasy,words,m
8/17/2011 TIM HORTONS: A CANADIAN THING Free versefood,life,people,
6/11/2011 WHAT IF I JUST STOPPED WRITING Free verseintrospection,passion,

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little Toes Rhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland Rhapsody Quatraininspirational
Contradicting Keats Sonnetintrospection,life
Surrender to Love Rhymeloveme,
A Totum Pole Ode Concretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROW Rhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes Due Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From Within Quintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the Sea Coupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The Ward Chokahealth,life,
Nocturnal Poetry Rhymeimagination,life,poetry,
Slumber Epicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLL Coupletinspirational,seasons,
Our Thanksgiving Light Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's Grace Ethereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above Hawaii Rhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our Savior Shapereligion,life,
Monarch of Summer Haibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
Untouched Rhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight Pearls Than-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup Blooms Terza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's Doorway Narrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITH Versefaith,for children,
Beachworld Free verseplaces,sea,sun,
Sleepless Nights Narrativeangst,imagination,mystery
Another Face Rhymelost love,
Paired Parings Balladchildhood,
AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTY Quatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Epicabuse,analogy,corruption,
Anticipation Free verseautumn,death,life,
friend to friend Haikupeople,philosophy,
Calligraphy Verseon writing and words,
Cyndi Sonnetdedication,
Night Comes Rhymetime,
Without Hope's Gleam Terzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
When Your Dead YOUR Dead Rhymefriendship,love,wife,
after my prayer Haikuinspirational,
Chamber Music Chopped Blank versemusic,
Money-God Free versededication,hope,love,reco
Down Fall Italian Sonnetbeautiful,miracle,nature,
God Forbid Coupletangst,devotion,write,life
To Kashinath and Cyndi Rhymededication,devotion,frien
Edinburgh Free versededication,
CHERISHED Sonnetlove,peace,
Shield Walls Lyricimagination,love,
Live The Cliches Free versedream,hope,love,poetry,
Bliss State Quatrainfaith,
A Reminder: To Be Free versetruth,writing,
She Came In and Changed Everything Dramatic Versedeath,deep,epic,evil,sorr
IN THE MOOD Light Poetryadventure,woman,
Edinburgh Free versededication,hope,life,love
The Byway Rhymecare,
To Love Myself Sonnetlove,new year,self,
Westward Movement Free versedevotion,love,peace,
The Rocking Chair Rhymechild,christmas,sister,
To the Rescue Rhymesnow,
A Perfect Storm Rhyme royallife,
Onward Christian Soldiers Rhyme 
BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
Release Free verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
IN STILLNESS Free versechange,life,
Within Reason- Maurice Yvonne and Seren Roberts Verselife,

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Joe Flach United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
mourning mist France Flag France Read
elizabeth wesley Canada Flag Canada Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
kathryn collins United States Flag United States Read
Catie Lindsey United States Flag United States Read
craig cornish United States Flag United States Read
David Williams United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Francine Roberts Canada Flag Canada Read
Jade Celeste Lebanon Flag Lebanon Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
Faye Gibson United States Flag United States Read
Hannington Mumo Kenya Flag Kenya Read
Lora Robinson United States Flag United States Read