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Haiku Stances

posted Jun 20, 2017, 2:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 7:13 PM ]
I recently published a new essay in Modern Haiku that I’m happy to share on my Essays page. “Haiku Stances” covers a variety of motivations for writing haiku, which are worthwhile to understand in responding to each haiku we read. The primary motivations, I think, are recreational, developmental, meditational, diaristic, and literary. Knowing these stances (and there may well be more) can help us understand where another poet is coming from. Your thoughts? Have a look at the essay, and try the writing exercises at the end.