Day: August 14, 2003

The First of Many Wells

“You know what the worst part about working with him was?
He always wanted you to use some weird fucking form.” -T. Borchers

For most people, Agha Shahid Ali’s name is synonymous with the “English ghazal” or “American ghazal”. He is the one known for bringing the ghazal to English, … Read the rest

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Opinion: Essential Elements of Haiku

I thought this list might help others improve their craft. These are the essential elements of haiku as advocated by The Heron’s Nest (from editor Ferris Gilli):

    Concrete imagery
    Focus
    Conciseness (clarity, brevity)
    Effective juxtaposition
    Resonance
    Immediacy
    Natural syntax
    Common language
    Balance of humanity and nature
    Sense of mood
    Sense
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