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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 four years here I have met many new and wonderful persons. Having them accept me as a friend has been a moving experience.


Expanding Deb's Blog

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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  1. Date: 5/20/2014 2:28:00 AM
    I read this in Debbie's blog with interest and in here again. The only thing I suggest to PS is in the form links, they should add another link titled "OTHER" where us could freely write the form we used, like "In a Haiku style" or "Quatcoup" a form I like to use myself which is a poem that consists of a stanza of quatrain and a stanza of a couplet and so on. This just my opinion. As for the haiku itself we all have our views and styles but there is only one Haiku and that is the Traditional Japanese form which of course because of the English language we struggle to conform to the true haiku.

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    Henderson Avatar Charles Henderson Date: 5/20/2014 7:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oops, I meant "true haiku" in last comment.
    Henderson Avatar Charles Henderson Date: 5/20/2014 7:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry Freddie, but the ru haiku of today is not the haiku of yesterday or tomorrow. It evolves every time a new one is written. That is why the term "western haiku" was coined.

My Past Blog Posts

Expanding Deb's Blog
Date Posted: 5/19/2014 11:44:00 PM
Possum Branch Road
Date Posted: 3/31/2014 11:22:00 PM
Calling All, Want To Be, Haiku Writers
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 3:46:00 PM
My Bear Story Retold
Date Posted: 2/5/2014 2:35:00 PM
Poetry Soup Imbeded Ads
Date Posted: 11/4/2013 7:31:00 PM
The Elusive Monoku
Date Posted: 7/27/2013 11:20:00 PM
Computer Games
Date Posted: 7/12/2013 9:08:00 AM
Contest Winners and Bear String
Date Posted: 5/3/2013 11:47:00 PM
My Contest
Date Posted: 5/2/2013 2:01:00 PM
The Bear III
Date Posted: 4/1/2013 5:23:00 PM
Another Bear Story
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 10:23:00 PM
The no contest Contest
Date Posted: 3/30/2013 2:51:00 AM
Hanging Ten
Date Posted: 3/22/2013 10:59:00 AM
Feedback Wanted
Date Posted: 1/27/2013 1:06:00 PM
Wise Guys
Date Posted: 1/22/2013 9:28:00 AM
Mathematics of Success
Date Posted: 1/21/2013 7:36:00 PM
New Soup Rule
Date Posted: 1/20/2013 7:34:00 PM
Soup Problem Update
Date Posted: 1/20/2013 5:20:00 PM
More on the Gullah People (wikipedia)
Date Posted: 1/13/2013 3:21:00 PM
The Gullah People of South Carolina
Date Posted: 1/12/2013 7:23:00 PM
emergency email
Date Posted: 12/26/2012 2:25:00 PM
new law in Michigan
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 1:23:00 PM
A Nice Verse
Date Posted: 11/27/2012 7:30:00 PM
Mauve cotton Fields
Date Posted: 11/26/2012 10:15:00 PM
Results of the 101 haiku Contest
Date Posted: 11/23/2012 12:58:00 PM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/16/2014Cold WindsEpigramage,
9/16/2014A Mind ThingProsedeath,
8/31/2014The TrystRhymememory,
8/29/2014night breezeHaikuculture,nature,
8/24/2014The CureRhymecancer,
8/24/2014among crocusHaikuanalogy,
8/3/2014the treeHaikunature,
8/3/2014the pondHaikugrowing up,
8/3/2014her letterHaikuwife,
7/18/2014the ternHaikunature,
7/18/2014the bare branchHaikuphilosophy,
7/17/2014how many worldsHaikuphilosophy,
7/17/2014a single water dropHaikucreation,
7/14/2014a childHaikulove,
7/14/2014the ringHaikufamily,
6/26/2014she giggledHaikugrowing up,
6/23/2014Metaphysical TransitionFree versemystery,
6/21/2014Yeah, RightFree verseaddiction,
6/19/2014A light in the HeavensTrioletenvironment,
6/18/2014graduation dayHaikugrowing up,

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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
Hard TimesCowboycowboy-western,family,fun
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Disposable WisdomRhymeage,cat,life,wisdom,
FootprintsFree verseintrospection,life,
Alabaster NightFree versenature,sea,
Forgotten Heroes of the SommeRhymebrother,death,history,lif
A List: I'm the Poet -To CarrieList dedication,
Don't Come Free versedeath,lost love,me,
Mona LisaFree verseartme,
Love Beyond the PaleQuatraindevotion,lost love,
Frosted Panes - re-postQuatraingirl,life,me,sea,time,win
When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinagod,life,
Missing MotherVersedepression,devotion,me,mi
Why He BeamsDiminished Hexaverseimagination,love,
A Gentle DeathSonnetabsence,death,faith,love,
Wet but WiserQuatrainadventure,funny,pets,
CloserFree versehope,life,love,peace,blue
Love Passing ByRhymelove,love,pride,

Fav Poets

Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
dakarai cobb United States Flag United States Read
Cyndi MacMillan Canada Flag Canada Read
Tracie Edwards Australia Flag Australia Read
craig cornish United States Flag United States Read
Chris D. Aechtner Canada Flag Canada Read