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by Dylan Tweney

Practical Haiku
How a tiny, ancient form of poetry can make your life better by making you more creative, a better writer, happier, nicer to be around, more productive, sexier …

Everybody knows how to write haiku, right?
5 7 5 Haiku are easy But sometimes they don’t make sense Refrigerator Rolf Nelson, threadless.com

Actually, it’s not so simple
There’s a lot more to haiku than counting syllables.
On a withered bough A crow alone is perching; Autumn evening now. Basho, tr. Kenneth Yasuda on a bare branch a crow lands autumn dusk Basho, tr. Jane Reichhold

But it’s a lot more fun!
sudden downpour – no one wins the wet-t-shirt contest David Giacalone

How haiku helps you live better
Haiku helps you write more precisely home addition– the carpenter's math penciled on drywall Barry George

Photo: GregHickman

Haiku helps you see
The message that precedes all others -- in art as well as life -- is simple: pay attention Harlan Ellison

Haiku teaches patience…
Because you can’t always go out and make a haiku, you often have to wait for one to come to you.

Haiku helps you appreciate the small, wonderful things in life
Like cherry petals, ants, spoons, blades of grass, peeling paint, nuts and bolts, dew, earlobes, discarded coins, scraps of paper, oil rainbows in puddles, snowflakes, stray wisps of hair …

Photo: Lily

The haiku way: How you can make it happen
1. Read haiku every day
Daily Issa http://cat.xula.edu/issa/ Mann Library, Cornell http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/ @dailyku tinywords.com

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Read haiku every day Write haiku every day

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Read haiku every day Write haiku every day Be alert to haiku moments

morning news with the paper, I bring in a cherry petal Dylan Tweney

Haiku Basics: Immediacy
Right here, right now. Lookit this!

Photo: Funkandjazz

Photo: intherough

Think small
Mars landing -a tendril of red dust shifts from a footfall Alan Summers

Show, don’t tell
in the old stable we made hot, passionate love like wild horses do anonymous horrible poet

stolen kisses barn swallows twitter in the eaves Mike Farley

Contrast/comparis on
2 parts: short - long or long - short the whoosh of steam from the espresso machine – frosty evening Charles Trumbull

Use natural language
If you can’t say it with a straight face, try again

in one breath the whole autumn Valeria Simonova-Cecon

“One breath poetry”
10-12 syllables is usually enough

Look at the world as a “what's wrong with this picture?” puzzle
mannequin faces a cosmetic counter woman offers a spritz Jeffrey Winke
Photo: Lisa Brewster

Share your haiku with others
ReadWritePoem.org WorldHaikuReview.org Haiku Poets of Northern California – hpnc.org Or, just write haiku and send them to your friends, leave them tucked in library books, on Muni, scrawled on the bathroom wall…

dylan@tweney.com @tinywords @dylan20

Happy haiku-ing
hum of the laptop watching a lost world flicker to life Dylan Tweney