Every year, I try to do something special for February. But why is February so important? It’s NaHaiWriMo – National Haiku Writing Month! In this month all about haiku, I have been writing in the form and submitting to journals that specialize in haiku. This deviates from the original NaHaiWriMo tradition of writing a haiku a day.
Inspired by National Novel Writing Month every November, National Haiku Writing Month takes on a shorter approach to the monthly challenge. While some haiku journals focus on the traditional 5-7-5 format, NaHaiWriMo (and other journals) do not require the 5-7-5 syllables. This is because linguistically, the English language does not count syllables in the same way as those in Japanese. Because of this, even English haiku will never be a traditional Japanese haiku, rendering English syllables in a realm of their own.
One haiku journal has chosen to publish my haiku thus far, Haikuniverse. Haikuniverse sends daily emails to their subscribers with haiku or micro poetry. You can check out my haiku about a beautiful dawn here.
As for upcoming stuff, book reviews and interviews will be posted on this blog in the near future, so keep an eye out!
I will leave you now with a challenge: in honor of National Haiku Writing Month, try your hand at writing a haiku. Whether you want to write in the 5-7-5 syllable format is up to you. Whether you want to post it in the comments or keep your poem for future submission is also up to you! To help get you started, here is a prompt:
What did you see on your commute today?