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Haiku Northwest - our own local group of poets; meetings 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month, mostly in Bellevue Regional Library, sometimes in Seattle.  Please see Haiku Northwest website for upcoming events, poems by Members, Seaback Haiku Retreat in November and more.  - they usually meet once a month on  Thursday,  at the Bellevue Regional Library.

Haiku (俳句 haikai verse?)  plural haiku, is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 moras (or on), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively. Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables, this is inaccurate as syllables and moras are not the same. Haiku typically contain a kigo (seasonal reference), and a kireji (cutting word). In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while haiku in English often appear in three lines, to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku. Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.  More at Wikipedia….
mangetsu [mo] sara ni mukizu no doyô kana

the full moon
is utterly flawless...

Kobayashi Issa, Translation by David Lanoue

Some HAIKU links:

Haiku of Kobayashi Issa - from Haiku Guy, David Lanoue; the most comprehensive Issa archive
Haiku translations - kanji, transliteration and English; from Michael Haldane
Basho's haiku - in 3 different translations (R.H. Blyth, Stryck & Beilenson); from haikupoetshut
Basho's FROG haiku - in 31 translations; from Bureau of Public Secrets
Akita International Haiku Network - people from around the world share haiku
Haiku Masters - page about famous Masters, history of haiku; from Haiku Society
Haiku and related Forms - open directory project
Haiku for People - history, how to write haiku

Write your own haiku in response...


  1. coin in the mud
    sinking deeper—
    heads and tails

    a bar called Moon—
    new, yet
    always full

    rain-tickled wood fence
    leans one way, then the other—
    dividing nothing

  2. thank you for haiku sharing, Lucien Zell. like them a lot, especially the last one resonates - lotsa rain in seattle:). say hi to prague, went there some 10 years ago - beautiful city.


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