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#Haiku Happenings #1 (4/28/22): Miriam Sagan presents a view on haiku by Jim Wilson!

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I follow Don Wentworth and Paper Boat Haiku Review on Facebook for well-curated haiku. This led me to an article by Jim Wilson, which takes a different view of haiku syllabics than the usual. Really interested me, the idea of running some lines a bit longer. Here it is, below.
Jim Wilson: As I have mentioned in other posts, this minimalist esthetic is guided by the principle that ‘less is more’ and the fewer the words the better the Haiku.
In the essay ‘Haiku Form’ (haiku poet) Hackett wrote:

“I for one find it more than sad to witness the crude obscurantist effect that an over-emphasis upon concision has had upon the creation of some haiku in the United States. Brevity per se does not make a haiku! . . . As one who believes haiku in English can be poetry, I deplore the corrosive effect of what I…

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