What is a Haiku?

Haiku is an unrhymed, syllabic form adapted from the Japanese: three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Because it is so brief, a haiku is necessarily imagistic, concrete and pithy, juxtaposing two images in a very few words to create a single crystalline idea. The juxtaposed elements are linked in Japanese by a kireji, or “cutting word”—poets writing haiku in English or other Western languages often use a dash or an ellipsis to indicate the break or cut between the linked images. Haiku poems first appeared in Japan 700 years ago.

-The source of above definition is About.com

Poetry Haiku

Few Recent Examples of Haiku

In the coolness

of the empty sixth-month sky…

the cuckoo’s cry.

- Masaoka Shiki


Whitecaps on the bay:

A broken signboard banging

In the April wind.

- Richard Wright


out of the water

out of itself

- Nick Virgilio

Fun Thing About Haikus

The best thing about Haikus is they are so small, it takes a real creativity to get your thoughts into so less words. Due to the fact it’s small, it’s somehow a great starting point for people to indulge in writing poetry. Haiku could be defined as one of the finest forms of poetry where it’s all about expressing yourself in a handful of words.

Haiku Poem

Haiku Meet At Hyderabad

If you are a Haiku expert or someone who wants to try this poetry we have a very special meet happening in Hyderabad.

Golconda Stones, a 2 day Haiku Meet will be hosted at Lamakaan on 19-20 October, 2013. The programme will host eminent personalities such as GSP Rao of Muse India to address the audience. The programme is organized by IN Haiku in association with Muse India, Nivasini Publsihers and Blend of Tea.

For details contact: paresh1118@gmail.com, Phone: 040-770256650