May 3, 2019

Ah, an anthology of American Haiku


Ah, an anthology of American Haiku, edited by Jonathan Hayes and Richard Lopez, is a marvelous --and tiny!-- collection of haiku that isn't strict about the 17 syllable count. I love that. The 17 syllable count, broken into into the standard 5-7-5 count on the 3 lines is one thing in the original Japanese, quite another in English. Haiku should be very free, but in English that syllable counting business is quite restrictive. In Ah, the norm is just three short lines, free verse. Seek it out from Richard Robert Hansen's Poems-For-All Press in San Diego. Can't find it? Leave me your email address in the comments and I will send you Hansen's email address, but I don't want to put that here.

James





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