Archive for the ‘haiku’ category

What’s happening at Pure Haiku?

6 January, 2012

I have started blogging again at my other blogsite, Pure Haiku. 

I’m starting off the new year with a quartet of haiku that I wrote after I’d read the Twilight series last year. They were first published in Dial 174 issue 85 where the sequence was shortlisted for the competition. 

If you’d like to pop over and read them over the next couple of weeks, click here 

Moment – 7

9 December, 2011

Laughing in disbelief when 15 haiku were rejected by a haiku magazine on the grounds they were too traditional. 

Apparently English language haiku don’t have to conform to the 5-7-5 syllabic structure. So, what’s the point?!

Why I Write Small Stones

3 October, 2011

I don’t think my stones are technically true small stones. 

The way I write is peculiar. When I write a novel I am both detached and involved, but I am living my characters’ lives as I write. 

So, for me, writing a small stone is not only a way of connecting with the world, but also a way of connecting with myself again. I have to find out how I feel and remind myself to be me. 

That’s why I think my small stones are not detached enough to be true small stones. 

However, the practice has enabled me to stay sane whilst in the throes of creativity and give me a modicum of space whilst writing novels. (It becomes very exhausting hearing 3 or 4 different voices in one’s head at once) 

Also, I think that small stones help improve my haiku writing.

Pure Haiku

27 July, 2011

Recently I had a number of my haiku rejected from a specialist magazine that only publishes haiku. The reason given was that my haiku were too traditional! 

When I stopped laughing in disbelief I examined the samples of what is now accepted as haiku written in the English language. To me, they had ceased to be haiku. The reason given as to why the traditional syllabic structure of 5-7-5 is no longer necessary, is that writers of English find it hard to achieve. 


Um, if you’re wordsmith, then surely you’re always aiming to aspire and conquer new forms of writing? At least, that’s what I do! If it doesn’t succeed the first time, throw it away and try again!

Now, I know that many other magazines still accept haiku written in the traditional form and I actually have no problem with this new form of haiku. My point is that if it is not traditional haiku, then surely it should be given another name? Also, why reject the traditional form completely? Surely that is throwing the baby out with the bath water!

The result of all this is that I have taken the plunge and started up a second blog called Pure Haiku. In it I will endeavour to write traditional haiku (5-7-5 syllabic structure) and I would like to build up a network with other people who think the same way as I do. 

So, if you enjoy writing traditional haiku, please pop in and say hello and let me know what your website / blogsite link is. Even if you don’t write haiku but are interested in something different, I look forward to meeting you. 

There isn’t much on the blogsite yet as I’ve only just created it. But I look forward to preserving a beautiful poetic form by demonstration and invite you join me. 


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