Tag Archives: Kigo

Getting your green on . . .

St. Patrick’s Day— why must the beer be green?                          World Kigo Database/St. Patrick’s Day I posted this haiku for St. Paddie’s Day last year, along with the link to Dr. Gabi Greve’s World Kigo Database of all things seasonal–where Gabi-san lists many fascinating … Continue reading

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Déjà-ku . . .

blue moon all the words we’ve left unspoken Recently an editor wrote me that he would have selected the above haiku for his journal . . . but, looking back, he discovered that he had printed a very similar-seeming haiku … Continue reading

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Kukai III . . .

monsoon season . . . another bridge left uncrossed                   –May Shiki Kukai, free format entry Another month, another entry in Haiku World’s Shiki Kukai.  In addition to this month’s shared kigo (season word) on “the coming of summer,” participants were asked to write a … Continue reading

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Going green . . .

St. Patrick’s Day— why must the beer be green?                World Kigo Database/St. Patrick’s Day It’s that time again.  When everyone, regardless of race or creed, gets their Irish on . . . and the rivers and the beer flow green.  … Continue reading

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Kukai redux . . .

spring fever seed catalogues broadcast throughout the house                   February Shiki Kukai entry In an earlier post, I mentioned that I like to try my hand at submitting haiku to peer-reviewed contests called kukai, where participants write haiku (using a shared kigo or season … Continue reading

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Cuckoo for kukai . . .

pocket calendar– filling in the blank spaces of her memory          4th place tie, Caribbean kigo kukai A kukai is a peer-reviewed contest, where participants submit haiku using a shared kigo or season word (in this case, “calendar”) for anonymous judging.  I’ve submitted … Continue reading

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But is it haiku? . . .

     The jars of octopus– brief dreams      under the summer moon.                                                   –Bashō (trans., Robert Hass) Much of what I’ve done so far on this blog is not, strictly speaking, haiku.  After all, where’s the obligatory season word–the kigo?  For that … Continue reading

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