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  • Defining Haiku: The Living Haiku Anthology essays

    Rather than adopting any one singular, definition written in stone, haiku around the world are continually being forged by poets, editors, and publishers as part of a living and evolving tradition. A sampling of the diversity of "connotational definition"—and a good start for anyone interested in plumbing the depths of contemporary haiku—can be found at the Living Haiku Anthology website, where a number of noted poets and critics have penned short essays. Please visit Defining Haiku for these.

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    Thanks for sharing the links!

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    • #3
      Richard,

      Thank you for posting this. I like the idea of haiku, and other forms of poetry, evolving. I will definitely check out the various areas of The Living Haiku Anthology.

      Best,
      Theresa

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      • #4
        Richard Gilbert is being interviewed by the editor of Rattle journal shortly but it’ll remain on you tube. It promises to be an excellent experience. Richard, this is exciting. Tim will be a good interviewer.




        https://m.youtube.com/c/rattlepoetry
        My website is at www.poeticinspire.com

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        • Theresa C.
          Theresa C. commented
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          Thanks, Pris, for this note. Wow, how exciting. I'm listening to the interview now...

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        I'm looking forward to reading these essays today. Happy to learn about the Living Haiku site. Will also check out the interview between Richard Gilbert and the editor of Rattle - does this mean mainstream poetry journals are starting to pay attention to Haiku?! I used to submit to Rattle when I wrote free verse poetry. Many of the traditional poetry journals state in their submission guidelines "no haiku." It would be nice to see this stigma disappear and to find haiku published among the other genres of "accepted" and "acceptable" forms of poetry in the wider poetry world.

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        • #6
          Lisa, I love Rattle but have been unable yet to get my free verses there either. Tim posts a link a day to poems in the journal then and now and, being on his friend list,I get the benefit of more of his non-censored comments on the links. He's one of the rare editors who not only publishes short forms but has an understanding of them as well as any primarily free verse writer can. He had one whole issue devoted to short forms and features individual ones he likes in various issues. It will be the rare gems he puts in the main issues but they have a shot.
          My website is at www.poeticinspire.com

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          • #7
            Thanks, Pris, for this additional insight into Rattle and its editor. You make a thoughtful point that free verse (and other long form) editors of poetry journals may not have enough knowledge about haiku to select them for publication.

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            • #8
              I think Tim/Rattle will be getting into podcasting in a big way into the future. He wanted haiku poets to know that if you are published in Rattle once you are then able to participate in the live Rattlecast readings and interviews. He encouraged me to get the word out to our community that he's always open to good haiku.
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              • Hansha Teki
                Hansha Teki commented
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                Several years ago I came across a poetry website that listed a phone number (US - based) where you could leave your name and recite a single one of your poems that would become available on the website blog listing. The idea has remained "on hold" as a possibility for ku in my mind.

              • Lisa Espenmiller
                Lisa Espenmiller commented
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                Good to know. Thanks, Richard. Will add Rattle to my list of possible journals...

            • #9
              The secretarial support staff transcribing. An image from the film Brazil popped into mind. I suppose though you're percolating on something?

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