PACE Global Haiku • PACE September 2009
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Juanette Plato

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Juanette Plato

My approach to creating haiku has primarily changed my outlook on life in general. It has allowed me to slow down no matter where I am and just take notice of my surroundings. I try to keep in mind the reader as well, because I know that whatever I create is not finished until the reader establishes all or one of four things, which is a scene, an image, one of the five senses, or emotions. My favorite author George Swede has also instilled the desire to get to the next level of writing haiku that is different, modern, allows the reader think, and still have the basic elements of a haiku.

Another approach I used to create my haiku is from my childhood memories and past experiences whether good or bad. In this approach I try a little harder to keep the reader in mind because in these types of haiku I would like for them receive the basic elements, but also have the ability to create their own haiku from the being read. In my childhood memory haiku it is a little harder for me to create because usually I want to reader to remember happy times and allow this memory to resonate in the haiku or in their child’s life. In writing haiku that contain past memories, I try even harder to concentrate on the reader because these haiku want to give someone a better outlook on life or even allow them to deal with a particular situation in a different way than before; however, trying to allow them to establish their own images and meaning.

In my last approach to writing haiku I just write about what I see without trying to think about all the elements to haiku because it is a little harder to let the haiku flow when constantly thinking of all the element that need to be included. When finishing this type of haiku and before editing I ask myself the questions, “Would Basho or George Swede like or understand this haiku? Or how would either of these writers edit this haiku?”

In conclusion, I sometimes enjoy the approach to writing haiku because it has a wide range of what can be written without description. In addition, I enjoy writing haiku because it allows all types of connections, whether it is the seasons, memories of past or present situations, or the analyst of a situation. Haiku is life in all forms and it has no limits of what information can be shared in tasteful form with an audience.

all please rise
heads bowed in prayer
Mommy…one eye opens

last night . . .
oops my goodness

sunset on the ocean
bring it back


20 years of marriage
empty swing
our favorite place

needle still skipping
where is that penny?
Miles Davis


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