Some Thought on Haiku By Michael Dylan Welch
Blog Posted:11/18/2011 11:03:00 PM
The following is not a quote. It is a direct statement written by Michael Dylan Welch for us to use as persons trying to write haiku in a responsible, world class way. It was said in open forum on Facebook to our own Deb Guzzie in response to a question she put to him.
I practically never use colons and semicolons in haiku. A semicolon belongs in a legal document, not haiku (in my humble opinion). A colon is usually too heavy-handed in haiku because it forces the equation of "this = that". So, if I use punctuation in haiku, it is usually limited to a dash (to indicate a quick or simultaneous shift/cut) or an ellipsis (to suggest s slight passing of time or to suggest that the reader linger on what precedes the ellipsis before reading on). I'll also use a comma where naturally needed. Sometimes line breaks can suggest punctuation, too, meaning that punctuation isn't always necessary (some poets prefer to do without punctuation entirely). Another alternative is to indent a line instead of using punctuation. assonance and consonance and alliteration can be used effectively in haiku, occasionally even repetition. However, like anything, they can be overused too.
An ellipsis (plural is ellipses) is three dots/periods . . . like this, used to indicate an interruption or pause in everyday writing (or an omission from quoted text). The Chicago Manual of Style (used as a style manual for most book publi...shers) recommends using spaces before/after each period. Some people prefer no spaces...like this. I use the spaces. If you use spaces, don't forget to include a space between the word and the first or last period! (There's also a single ellipsis character, but it's frequently misused, and I avoid it.)
OMG...Now Michael says THIS?? "There's nothing wrong with the last line being longest." It's days like this when I want to run screaming from the whole idea of WRITING haiku....now why are you saying short/long/short is not even needed in a proper haiku formate..GAH! non guidelines at all,,,grrrrr Debbie Guzzi Of course..I am only venting to you..because you are here! ;)CHARLES PLEASE PLACE THIS DISCUSSION IN OUR DOCUMENTS
"Michael freedom has a downside and it is fear caused by the lack of structure..so what would you say are the defining targets HIT that make a short verse a haiku...be as simple as possible please
Michael Dylan Welch- The primary targets for a haiku (in no particular order) are a) primarily objective sensory imagery, b) usually three lines, c) present tense, d) season word, e) two-part juxtapositional structure, f) creating an immediate personal experience. Above all, don't write about your emotions; write about what *caused* your emotions.
Michael is a world renown haiku master, who has written many essays and books on the subject of Haiku and other Japenese poetry. He owns the "Graceguts" haiku website, all are welcome to view. Simply google "Graceguts".