gendai haiku

On gendai haiku – from a master of research and a superb haiku poet in her own right, have a read of this from Melissa Allen.

It’s a great overview of the gendai haiku movement, something which has been fascinating me for months and months now, and includes some startling haiku too

gendai haiku at the Red Dragonfly

Like this one, one of my favourites, a verse from Kaneko Tōta

like squids
bank clerks are fluorescent
from the morning

—Kaneko Tōta (trans. Makoto Ueda)

Note the fact that, aside from being an amazing image, it commits one of the great haiku ‘sins’ of simile, well, ‘sin’ from a traditional standpoint anyway.