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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

“Being Human - the ordinary intensity” a look at senryu, the sibling of haiku, a contest, and a very funny checklist!


“Being Human - the ordinary intensity” a look at senryu, the sibling of haiku


I don't often accept offers to judge, but I couldn't resist this senryu contest!


For full submission details, information and examples:
http://sonicboomjournal.wixsite.com/sonicboom/contests


When we compose haiku we might worry about ticking the right boxes for people, but with senryu we can breathe out, and untick them! 

So what am I looking for? 
    
Any topic, and any approach to that topic. 
I'm open to styles, and after all it's just one senryu that you send, and it's free!


何歳に, 見えるか競う, クラス会

Nansai ni
Mieru ka kisou
Kurasu-kai

the class reunion
where we compete to see
who looks youngest


English translation by Alan Summers


The best list of differences between haiku and senryu ever, and it’s funny too!!!


From the book “Let’s start right now! The easiest text book of haiku and senryu”  
(これから 始める俳句‧川柳いちばんやさしい入門書
© Takeshi Mizuno, and Saki Kono (神野紗希
This above check-list is also on pages 44-45, where the list and an interview help determine whether you lean more towards haiku or towards senryu. Maybe both, why not!

Go to Page 39 for the start of the brilliantly helpful interview.
Musings over the hodgepodge: Interview with takeshi Mizuno


From another senryu expert:
"The basic theme is anxiety," Sanryu Bito says, who edits the current events senryu column for Yomiuri Shimbun.

He then mentions that senryu can tackle the fear of firing, and of parents' worries over children whose expensive educations have not helped them land jobs.  He heads the Japan Senryu Pen Club. Senryu, which was born in the 18th century, has a mass following in the popular press. Like manga, the Japanese comic books, senryu gets little critical respect but has its finger on the pulse of modern Japan.

Shall I do it now?
Shall I do it after lunch?
Is it already 5?



Back to Takeshi Mizuno and he says:
One of senryu’s principles is that «nature can be like people». 

For example, here is one of his senryu:

花が好きお金を借りに来ないから

I like flowers 
they never ask 
for a loan

https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/files/original/7bf511c9f290c1c71cf4a57e918d0fde.pdf 


One I posted today onto the Australian Haiku Society website kukai challenge, with this prompt of ‘seeing the world with a child’s eyes’

converted dollhouse
her astronaut’s eyes
filling with starlight 

Alan Summers





Alan, checking out all sides of himself!



I fail to be taken seriously by Karen, thankfully!


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