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Below are links to some interesting articles on senryu, and the haiku form in general. There are many hints contained in these essays about poetic technique when applied to senryu/haiku, as well as some wonderful examples of the form.

On the site we have a fine essay by Anita Virgil on the senryu form. Complete with concrete examples from many of our best senryu poets, this will give you much to think about, and a solid basis of an understanding of the senryu form, and how it relates to haiku.


by Anita Virgil.

Check out this new essay by Anita:

New Wine From Old

  1. PruneJuice: Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, & Haiga One of the best and oldest journals for senryu on the Web.
  2. Hedgerow a journal of small poems This weekly journal is one you want to put in your bookmarks, and make a note to check it every Friday for the new issue.
  3. Senryu Definition by the Haiku Society of America  Nothing is perfect when it comes to defining any form, but this is a good place to start.
  4. Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu Collection No better way to grasp the form of senryu than to look at past winners of this award.
  5. An Article by Alan Pizzarelli from SimplyHaiku If you want a treat just Google Alan Pizzarelli and read his essays on the Web, or buy his books of senryu.
  6. Any links by George Swede, past editor of Frogpond, and founding member of Haiku Canada, who is also a fine senryu poet. Some of his work is featured in this link from SimplyHaikuand this one which features George Swede and Dee Evetts.
  7. Here is a link to an article by Elizabeth St Jacques, that recaps with examples some from George Swede. “Haiku or Senryu, How to tell the Difference“.
  8. This wonderful article by Anita Virgil from the Autumn Issue of Simply Haiku will give you a good beginning to understanding the origins of Senryu.
  9. Charles Trumbull gave me permission to post his article: “Magic–Mystery–Music: The Persistence of 5–7–5 in Haiku”. It first appeared in Frogpond 37:1, and I thought it useful when discussing 5-7-5 and explaining the origins of it in English Language Haiku. Enjoy!
  10. This is an interesting article from ‘down under’ on the 5/7/5 syllable myth:   “Haiku Shakes Off Syllable Myth”, by Sharon Dean.
  11. Alan Summers has written a wonderful essay on senryu, complete with links and examples. The Golden Carousel of Life:  Senryu, gives you all you need to learn and enjoy more about this wonderful form.
  12. Charles Trumbull wrote a wonderful article on the Modern Haiku, “Between Basho and Ban’ya (bypassing Barthes):  A New Brand of Haiku?”, for A Hundred Gourds Journal. Worth the read on the state of the form currently.
  13. A wonderful article, written many years ago by Elizabeth St Jacques. “HAIKU OR SENRYU? HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE” is clear and simple, with some fine examples, this article is still relevant today.
  14. This article appears in Japan Times, “Subtle humor of haiku’s cousin senryū is on a roll”, by Mark Schreiber. Wonderful examples from Japanese and English senryu.
  15. A wonderful article by Paul Miller, In Defense of Craft. This wonderfully explains the merging of the inspiration for a haiku/senryu and completed poem. A must read!
  16. An article by William J. Higginson on one-line haiku. Well sourced and with fine examples: From One-line Poems to One-line Haiku.
  17. NEW:  Searching for Synergies Between Poem and Picture:  A Haiga Workshop with Michele Root-Bernstein
  18. A classic discussion by Eric W. Amann about the connections between Zen and Haiku. “The Wordless Poem is a must-read for anyone on the haiku journey.
  20. The Holy Trinity of Haibun, by Roberta Beary
  21. Using Season Words in Senryu or “Where did I put my kigo?”by Roberta Beary
  22. How about a good dose of SciKu??? Jay Friedenberg has a free eBook out “Sci-Ku: Explorations into the Poetry of Science” CLICK HERE
  23. Skinning the Fish: Interpenetration in Haiku by Jim Kacian

More links at a later time, but for now that should give you something to think about.