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Essays, Reports, Speeches, Haibun, and More


An Invitation to Rengay (introduction to True Colour)
A Report on Haiku Chicago (1995)

Arriving Geese: Learning from Shugyō Takaha

A Sampling of Cultural Haiku

A Spade’s a Spade: Plagiarism and Déjà-ku

Beat Haiku and My Discussion with Jack Foley

Beauty in Haiku

Between Storms

Buson or Shiki: The True Authorship of the “Two Autumns” Poem

Defining “Publication” on the Internet

Desert Heat: A Haiku Revision

Dripping Rain: Learning Haiku from Shunryu Suzuki

On Essays and Physics

Finding the Sky

Finding Our Way

First Snow on Daffodils: Writing Reality

Forms in English Haiku

Fresh Seeing on the International Appalachian Trail

Friends in Haiku

From Chord to Melody: Defining Tanka in English

Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer

Go-Shichi-Go: How Japanese and English Syllables Differ

Getting Started with Haiku

Haibun: Definitions of Light

Haiku as History: The Ultimate Short Story

Haiku as Poetic Spell (Martin Lucas)

Haiku Poets of Northern California 1995 Rengay Contest

Haiku Stances

Haiku . . . Under the Bedsheets: Juxtaposition and Seasonal Reference

Hearing the Owl

The Heart of Haiku
ow Do You Write Haiku?

In the Eye of the Beholder: Haiku Interpretation

Introduction to Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go

Japan (Billy Collins; poem)

Japanese Renku Group Visits San Francisco

King’s Books

Knowing the Poet
Laughing with Karumi

Little Catastrophes: The Topological Structure of Humor and Haiku

Mercy Street

Metaphor in Haiku

Michael Dylan Welch’s Frisbee

Missing the Moon: Haikuless Haibun

The Mouse’s Tale

Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku

On a First-Name Basis: Deepening Haiku with its “Fourth Line”

One-Part Haiku

On Writing Haiku

Preface to The Edge of the Woods (Paul O. Williams)

Punctuation in Haiku

Remembering Kylan Jones-Huffman

Rengay: The Art of Partnering (Carolyn Hall)

Rengay: A Status Report
Rengay Clarified

Ringing the Bell: Learning Haiku from Mary Ruefle

Seeing Into the Heart: Vulnerability in Haiku

Skywriting: Learning Haiku from Annie Dillard

Striking Gold: The American Haiku Archive

A Survey of Haibun Definitions: Introduction to Wedge of Light

Tanka Elbow Room

The Anthologist and Bogus Haiku
The Discipline of Haiku

The Haiku Sensibilities of E. E. Cummings

The Practical Poet: Be Your Own Editor

The Practical Poet: Creating a Haiku Checklist

The Seed of Wonder: An Antidote to Haiku Inflation

The Territory of Haiku
Thirteen Ways of Reading Haiku

Three Hokku by E. E. Cummings

Traditional and Modern Haiku: A Vibrant Dichotomy

2013 Haiku Poets of Northern California Haiku Contest

2020 Nicholas A. Virgilio Haiku and Senryu Competition
Up with Season Words

Watch Your Its

Welcome to Haiku North America 2009

What Makes a Great Chapbook?

When Butterflies Come

Whose Kid Is That?

Winter Squall

Why Do Haiku? (Steve; poem)

Young Leaves (renku)

Zen and the Art of Direct Seeing