September 8, 2010

Why I don’t write 5-7-5 haiku

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — crcb @ 11:31 pm
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Why I don’t write 5-7-5 haiku

Sometimes, to get the
right number of syllables,
one must pad sometimes.

At other times one
must omit expected words
for it come out right.

Of course, I write 5-7-5 poems, but they’re usually not haiku. The 5-7-5 poem (or stanza) has become a vehicle for epigrams in English, and it’s well suited for that.


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