“So what should haiku accomplish? What should it provide the reader? According to the classic haiku poets of Japan, haiku should present the reader with an observation of a natural, commonplace event, in the simplest words, without verbal trickery. The effect of haiku is one of ‘sparseness.’ It’s a momentary snatch from time’s flow, crystallized and distilled. Nothing more.”
Well played, Mr. Thorpe.