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Sueku/Haiku: Mimimalist Poems by SUE LITTLETON

SUE LITTLETON On Writing Classical Haiku
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On Writing Classical Haiku: The Disciplined Charm of Poetic Brevity

"The mission of the haiku is to produce a lively, but fleeting impression.
To take control of one instant or flicker at its climax in our heart and express
it immediately in a very brief and condensed way." --Shisuo Kasai

Frankly, for many years I was not at all attracted by haiku, nor did I consider them poetry. Then, in 20I0 I had a revelation,
without explanation, and began finding the delicate beauty that could be expressed in this verse form. The following haiku by
one of the great Japanese masters, Moritake, is one of the loveliest poems I have ever read:

       fallen flower returns to bough
       a butterfly

So few words, but the image is incredible

The Haiku is a Japanese poetic form, a kind of poetry that is perhaps the most expressive with the least words or syllables.
In accord with the original criteria established by the Japanese for writing haiku in other languages, a haiku consists of 17
syllables in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. In addition, a haiku in another language should not have a title, capital letters,
punctuation, metaphors or rhyme; the first two lines are related, but the last line should stand alone without reference to the first
two lines.

It is tempting to find a needed syllable with an article; however, the Japanese language does not have articles, so try to avoid them.
The idea is to express satiety with a minimum number of words. Originally created as the beginning of a longer poem, the haiku won
distinction in the 17th century when the great poet Basho (1644-1694) elevated it to a refined art. A haiku is the shortest literary form
accepted as poetry -- or not accepted, because there are those poets and critics who refuse to define the haiku as poetry.

I have had several poets comment that English is not Japanese, therefore a poet writing haiku is not obliged to follow all of the above
indications. There are other poets who write minimalist poems and refer to those poems as haiku. Jack Kerouac invented his own haiku
form, titled it "American Haiku," and copyrighted the name. As a poet who enjoys writing haiku, I have found that the demands and discipline
required to create haiku as the Japanese indicated over a hundred years ago satisfies me.

Since I cling adamantly to the original form, and since there is so much discussion and debate about the whys and wherefores of haiku,
and since "Sue" sounds oriental, I refer to my haiku as "Sueku." No copyright, if you follow the rules above you have composed a classical
haiku, no matter what I call it! My first book of haiku is titled Sueku/Suku, referring to the haiku and their translations to Spanish ("Sueku")
which are not haiku, but minimalist poems.

May your cup of haiku runneth over!

Buenos Aires, 2014

poetryrepairs #201 v14.06: 061
Sueku/Haiku: Mimimalist Poems by SUE LITTLETON

All the fine arts are species of poetry--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

poetry repairs your heart
even as it splits it open.
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	provocative moon 
	whispering half told secrets
	pale clouds hide her eyes

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luna provocative
susurrando secretos cantados a medios
pálidas nubes esconden sus ojos

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autumn stains leaves red
destiny a rush of flame
oak and sumac glow 

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otoño tiña las hojas escarlatas
el destino se enciende en llamas
roble y zumaque fulguran

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	sybaritic cats
	sprawl before electric fire
	rime lace drapes window

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gatos sybarites
se arrellanan frente a la estufa eléctrica
en la ventana cuelgan cortinas de escarcho

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almond trees blossom
petals' fall recalls past loves
poignant memories

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almendros florecen
pétalos caídos recuerdan amores pasados
memorias enternecidas

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Sueku/Haiku: Mimimalist Poems by SUE LITTLETON

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of the soul - Plato

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SUE LITTLETON On Writing Classical Haiku
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