I wanted to share more about the differences between Haiku and Senryu, but first… The other day I read this post: World Haiku Series 2019 (42) Haiku by Ed Bremson. The Haiku/Senryu/Hybrid Haiku-Senryu poetry contained in the post is spectacular. These are poems that have won awards in different contests. Click the links and have a read!
If you never read award winning poetry how will you know how to write it?
Here is the link for the UHTS Cattails Journal
Download the free PDF above and read the poetry. Notice the syllable count and the form. Think about which of these poems are a Haiku and/or a Senryu. Are there any hybrid forms, meaning they are a combination of Haiku and Senryu?
Remember: Senryu poems make the human, not the world around them, the subject of their creative endeavor. Humor and sarcasm are two of the most favorable elements in a Senryu and should deal with the human condition. Think about sexual matters, family relations, religion, politics, and anything that touches on the pain we experience through sorrow, prejudice, oppression, anger, and frustration. Senryu do not deal in sentimentality.
Ken Gierke wrote the perfect political Senryu poem this week:
Here is how to tell the difference between Nature Haiku and Human Senryu:
For the first of the month challenge, here is my Senryu for this week. Do you spot the irony?
forget their parents
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