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Syllables and a Prayer

posted Jul 5, 2015, 3:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 5, 2015, 9:40 PM ]
New to the Essays page is “Go-Shichi-Go: How Japanese and English Syllables Differ,” recently published in A Hundred Gourds. This essay delves into how syllables work in both languages, and underscores the need to abandon the notion of 5-7-5 syllables as a target for haiku in English. And new to the Poems By Others page, in the “Poems About Haiku” section (or at least, I interpret it as deeply applicable to haiku), is Mary Oliver’s exquisite short poem, “Praying.”