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A book of poetry forms, and how to write them.
#953198 added February 26, 2019 at 3:27am
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Haiku & Senryu
The haiku is one of my favorites. It's a Japanese poem, typically about nature, that consists of seventeen syllables and three lines. It has a 5,7,5 syllable count. (5 syllables for the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 for the last line).

I enjoy stringing multiple haikus into one poem, where each stanza is a haiku.

Here are some haiku examples from my own work:

Frozen Idaho
blessed with winter kisses and
abandoned snowmen.

Sledding down snowdrifts.
Stocking caps pulled tight over
aching, frozen ears.

The ice cream cone trees
engage in vanilla fights
with the carolers.

Extended haiku here:
Ferris Wheel Memories  (ASR)
Carnivals, Ferris Wheels, and barf
#2182677 by IceSkatingSugarCube

Another extended haiku. This one is also acrostic:
Romance  (E)
A Genre/Acrostic/Haiku for a contest
#931338 by IceSkatingSugarCube


I was going to make this a separate entry until I looked up exactly what a senryu was. Form-wise it's identical to a haiku, except for subject matter.

Haikus tend to focus on nature as a subject, while the senryu is nicknamed "the human haiku", meaning it focuses on human foibles, and sometimes can be satirical and darkly humorous. I have not written a senryu so I have no examples to share (for now)
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