I’ve been in serious haiku mode lately, reading the brand new 25th Anniversary Edition of The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Teach, and Appreciate Haiku, by William J. Higginson and Penny Harter. (Look for a book review as soon as I finish it.) In fact, this edition is so new, Amazon.com doesn’t appear to stock it yet, only the older edition: http://bit.ly/d8vkkF. I found my copy on the shelves of Annie Bloom’s Books in SW Portland.
There is something captivating about these tiny little word paintings of only seventeen syllables (or less). With spring arriving early in Portland this year, in the guise of purple, yellow and white crocuses, daffodils (yellow, of course!) and amazingly for February, cherry blossoms, I have inspiration galore right outside my window. And of course my two indoor kitties salivating over the bushtits and robins that tantalize them from just on the other side of our thermopane glass give me plenty of inspiration from within.
I am ramping up now for the April poem-a-day challenge. One of my favorite pastimes on the web is following links from other links to see where it takes me, and on one such web surfing expedition, I discovered this wonderfully informative video by Jane Reichhold, an expert on Basho: http://bit.ly/bVAk4h . It’s about an hour long, but can be watched in parts and gives great advice for writing haiku. Plus Jane is nothing if not outspoken, so it makes for a lively presentation.