Haiku is a uniquely Japanese form of poetry that uses images from nature to capture a feeling or a moment. Haiku are short but powerful-making them easy and fun to write and share with your friends. The activities in this book will show you how to create your own haiku, and will help you to think up memorable words and images, and write the three short lines that make a great haiku. With clear explanations and many examples, this is a great way to have fun while you explore this fascinating aspect of Japanese culture.
Write Your Own Haiku introduces four styles of haiku to readers and includes projects on:
- Your first haiku-how to get started with the classic form of poetry
- Haiku about Nature-exploring nature is a traditional element in haiku
- Haibun-Haiku with a short story
- Haiga-Haiku with a drawing
- Renga-Haiku that you write with friends
Write Your Own Haiku
Patricia Donegan served on the faculty of East-West poetics at Naropa University under Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was a student of haiku master Seishi Yamaguchi, and a Fulbright scholar to Japan. She is a meditation teacher, previous poetry editor for Kyoto Journal, and a longtime member of the Haiku Society of America.
Her haiku works include Love Haiku: Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion & Remembrance (cotranslated with Yoshie Ishibashi), Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart, Haiku: Asian Arts for Creative Kids, and Chiyo-ni Woman Haiku Master (cotranslated with Yoshie Ishibashi). Her poetry collections include: Hot Haiku, Bone Poems, Without Warning, Heralding the Milk Light, and haiku selections in various anthologies.
She won first prize in the 1998 Mainichi International Haiku Contest and won a Merit Book Award for translation from the Haiku Society of America for her book on Chiyo-ni, also in 1998. Her books on haiku have combined scholarship and insight in reaching young and old to inspire and sustain a lifelong interesting in haiku poetry, in both Japanese and English.