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Welcome To Haiku Hub

The publication ‘where less is mora’

The haiku poem, now elevated far above the playful game of wit and precision it once was, is credited to two undisputed Japanese masters of the form, Matsuo Bashō and Ueshima Onitsura, who brought haiku to its pinnacle of popularity by the 17th century and where it now remains an enduring and accessible staple of the poetic art form the world around.

Haiku’s arrival was the end result of a handful of these two rogue Japanese poets challenging, experimenting and ultimatley whittling down the more established forms of Japanese poetry, the renga and renku. Thus, these poets, along with others who quickly followed their lead, unwittingly reduced the poetic status quo to a dagger of artistic precision with a twist.

The crux of the haiku is all about subtracting what is not needed, compacting and paring down an experience of some thing or event, usually in the natural world, to a tiny seed dropped in the imagination of the reader where it begins to bloom at the moment of cutting.

Haiku is about mindfulness rather than distraction, equally as important, it’s about connection. Even as the haiku juxtaposes seemingly unrelated elements the reader and lover of haiku is suddenly struck with how the two are related.

The haiku can lead us to the place where we connect in the most unexpected and surprising ways to nature and to each other with one artful transposition in just 17 sounds or syllables. Amazing, right!?

In only seventeen syllables, or sound units, also known as moras, we are transported. Hence, less is mora!

Haiku challenges and encourages us to “see the forest” by looking closely at a particular tree for a moment. Haiku believes we can see both trees and forest by subtracting what is not needed and grabbing one’s attention with a surprising twist.

I adore and deeply respect the art form of the haiku poem. The two elements I love most are the connection to nature and the surprising, and at times, not so subtle humor or the twist.

As I practice haiku I find it delightfully simple and challenging. To render a piece of poetry capable of conveying so much with so little. When haiku tugs at my sleeve, I’m always delighted to oblige and take up the task, puzzling my heart and mind over the best 17 moras or syllables to choose.

It’s powerful yet, compact, simple and direct while also charming and expansive. With just three lines, it carries with it the ability to move our imaginations toward a more mindful presence with nature and community by capturing and evoking the essence of a place or event in time.

When the poet accepts the parameters of haiku the challenge and the fun begins. Devise three lines containing 5–7–5 moras or syllables around your theme in a way that captures it within a twist and even ties it to nature or the season. Of course, as I’ve tried to convey above, there is so much more to this deceptively simple art form; thus, the best understanding of haiku can be gained from reading and writing it.

In that spirit, we invite you to join us around the Haiku Hub!

From time to time we’ll post a haiku prompt which you may wish to respond to but we are happy to publish spontaneous poems on any topic or what I like to call flash haikus.

If you’ve written haiku poetry which you’ve published to your own profile and would like to add it to the Haiku Hub publication or know any homeless haikus out there and would like to see them given a home in the Haiku Hub, give me a shout or simply follow the publication and submit them once it appears in your list.


Note: Follow Haiku Hub and respond to any Haiku This! prompt with “please add me as a writer” and we’d be happy to include you — thus, you may contribute whenever the haiku mood strikes you anytime day or night, but there’s no pressure, you may simply want to visit for a quick hit of mindfulness to recalibrate your perspective!

If you’d like more information please contact me at haikutography@gmail.com. Namaste! S Lynn Knight