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  • Kiki's piece compels me to mention that syllabic count not withstanding, formal Haiku is concerned with Nature, an observation or reflection of the natural world. Senryu is concerned with Human Nature, a personal perception or interpretation of self or the world. The purpose of either form is to capture and transmit visual imagery and emotion with suggestion, overtone and elusiveness using very few words. A simple task not without it's challenges. There is nothing more complex than simplicity.



    Birds and bees. Haiku.
    Human nature. Senryu.
    Now it's up to you.
    Photo: Cover of 'An Introduction To Haiku' by Harold G. Henderson. 1958
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