Haiku is a genre of Japanese poetry that has been practised and enjoyed for over four hundred years. English-language haiku, which has been evolving over a hundred years, continues to do so, and today flourishes worldwide. In Australia, while honouring the ancient haiku spirit, poets are exploring this succinct expression of experience with the authenticity …
Over recent weeks, haiku has been a hot topic here at the Sydney School of Arts and Humanities, with newcomers to the genre surprised to learn that haiku needs syllables... well, like fish need bicycles.
Written by Australian poets in ordinary language, the following “one-breath” poems bring to mind an observation by Sydney poet David Terelinck: 'Haiku is a journey along a road lined with small windows. Each time we pause to peer into one of these, we are astounded by the beauty and depth of the vista behind them.'
Friday Writing Group recently fell on the vernal equinox, inspiring some poetry in the form of spring haiku to celebrate the change of season.