3 Haiku Books In Celebration Of Haiku Poetry Day!

3 Haiku Books In Celebration Of Haiku Poetry Day!

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Hope everyone is comfortable and staying sane during this long and enduring quarantine. If you are feeling anxious and need to calm your nerves, open your window and let in some fresh air. Take in the atmosphere and take this time to express your creativity through the form of a haiku! Today is National Haiku Poetry Day and we should take this time to elicit strong feelings through the beauty of haiku poems.     Here are three haiku poetry books that I feel like are worth the read: Basho – The complete haiku ‘Basho‘ by Matsuo Basho is a …

British Schoolgirl First Non-Japanese Haiku Winner

British Schoolgirl First Non-Japanese Haiku Winner

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Have you ever written a haiku?   Even if you have, you’d be hard pressed to beat 14-year-old Gracie Starkey from Gloucestershire, who has been chosen from 80,000 entrants as the first non-Japanese winner of a prestigious haiku competition.   Image Courtesy of The Guardian   Starkey was assigned the task of writing a haiku after a poet led a Saturday morning workshop at her school, Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, where she had been learning Japanese.   Freshly mown grass clinging to my shoes  my muddled thoughts   Her poem is non-traditional and does not follow the classic five-seven-five syllable pattern. …