I am spending the summer with the book Writing and Enjoying Haiku by Jane Reichhold. Reichhold’s written about twenty-four techniques to improve your haiku. This week features the following techniques:
Using a Metaphor
Using a Simile
Using the Sketch or Shiki’s Shasei
Using Double Entendre for Double Meanings
Some interesting pieces of information were discovered in these techniques. I was particularly fascinated by “Shiki’s Shasei.” Shiki, a Japanese poet made it his mission to “depict a thing just as it is.” He was not fond of the many common techniques used and he pointed overuse of the techniques by poets. He loved simplicity, the telling it as he saw it.
I read this as my husband I were traveling through the Columbia River Gorger early Thursday morning. I decided to try the “sketch”:
sun on wide river
After reading this section, I think the key to writing haiku is to mix the techniques up and do not overuse any particular one. In the end Shiki was guilty of what he accused others.
Good news: I was informed today that two of my poems will be published in the August short form poetry journal, Four and Twenty. One poem will be a “Featured Poem of the Week” and another will be in their monthly journal.
Poetry Friday is at Sylvia Vardell at Poetry For Children.