Poems About Haiku

The following selected poems explore the nuances of haiku aesthetics or haiku history, and provide an alternate way into haiku as a genre of literature. They are all about haiku in one way or another, or connected to haiku. A few are not much more than jokes (and sometimes even misunderstand haiku), but most of them are  serious, mostly written by poets other than me (for other favourite poems, see also Poems by Others). You can also read selections of my own haiku and senryu as well as longer poems. Enjoy, and please let me know if you know of other poems about haiku! 

The ABZs of Poetry — Noelle Levy
A Doing Nothing Poem — Robert Bly
After Bashō — Margaret Dornaus     +
Aging Well — Robert Lee Brewer
Along the Way — Judy Halebsky
Amorphous Me — Naomi Beth Wakan
And the Gauchos Sing — Mike Puican
As the Poems Go — Charles Bukowski
Banteay Srei — Terry Ann Carter
The Bashō Story — Cid Corman
Bashō (1986) — David Young
Bashō (2013) — David Young
Bashō, Glimpsed — Mike White
Bashō’s Child — W. S. Merwin
Bashō Variations — Steve McCaffery (three poems)
Bellwether — Ronald Wallace
A Breaking Word — Judy Halebsky
Brevity — Judith Wright
Bristlecone Pine — Judy Halebsky
Changing Genres — Dean Young
Confectionery Text — J. I. Kleinberg
Conversation with Bashō — Peggy Heinrich
Distressed Haiku — Donald Hall
Do You Want to Write a Haiku? — Michael Dylan Welch
Figures — John Elsberg and Eric Greinke
5 & 7 & 5 — Anselm Hollo
Flowers on the Roof of Hell — Michael Dylan Welch
Frightening Things — David Mura
Frogments — Gary Barwin and derek beaulieu
Fun-ku — Seren Fargo
Great and Small — Milan Djordjevic
Haiku — Henri Cole
Haiku — Elizabeth Kirschner
Haiku — Ron Padgett
Haiku — Ron Padgett
Haiku — James Shea
The Haiku Chicken  Richard Tice
Haiku Corner: On Charlie Rose — 
Garrison Keillor
Haiku Degree — Marlene Mountain
A Haiku for Mars — Nikki Giovanni
The Haiku for Me Is — Sonia Sanchez
Haiku Is — Sheila Windsor
The Haiku Master — Elizabeth Spires
Haiku on Haiku — Marlene Mountatin
Holding Radium — Diane Ackerman
How to Respond to a Haiku — Michael Dylan Welch
How to Write a Haiku — Naomi Beth Wakan
How to Write Haiku  Kyle D. Craig
I found a geophysicist — Christopher Arigo
if there is — Stephen Addiss
If You’re Haikuing and You Know It — Michael Dylan Welch
Impossible to Tell — Robert Pinsky
In Haiku — R. D. Armstrong
In the Footsteps of Bashō — Beverley George, ML Grace, Michael Thorley, David Terelinck,Catherine Smith, Robert Miller, Carmel Summers, and Lynette Arden
Issa on the Pequod  Ron Starr
Issa’s Last Poem — Franz Wright
It Is Not Much — Frank Ankenbrand, Jr.
I Wrote a Little Haiku — Les Murray
Japan — Billy Collins
Japan — Rudi Krausmanm
Just as They Are — Sonojo
The Kite Maker [excerpt] — Judy Halebsky
Knock, Knock — Attributed
Knock, Knock — Hoi Sta
Ku Contemplator — Terri L. French and Raymond French
Lacking Duende — Naomi Beth Wakan
A Left-Branching Language — Judy Halebsky
Letter to Toyota — Geoff Page
the library of t-shirts — joanne burns
Lilliputian — Steven Ratiner
Limerick — Alfred H. Marks
Limerick — Anonymous
Limerick — Michael Dylan Welch
Limericku — Anonymous
Little Things — Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney
“Living the Cretive Life” — Philip Salom
A Long Haiku — Rob Shore
Luther’s Narrow Road  Ron Starr
Mizu No Oto — Bill Knott
More Than a Moment Ago — John Bigler Crow
Motel 6 — Judy Halebsky
Naming Haiku — Michael Dylan Welch
Nammu, Nammu — Hiroaki Sato
Narrow Road to the North — Mary Ruefle
Near Miss Haiku — Anselm Hollo
Negation — Philip Salom
Not a Haiku — Gerald England
not an ode to haiku  Marlene Mountain
Note to Bashō — Mark Kaplon
Now You See It — Ron Padgett
Old Pond  Alfred H. Marks
Old Pond  Allen Ginsberg
The Only Problem with Haiku  Roger McGough
On Reading Diane Ackerman — Naomi Beth Wakan
On Reading Issa Each Morning — Naomi Beth Wakan
On the Circuit — Vivian Smith
On What Is Haiku — Sydell Rosenberg
Ordinary Lives  William Martin (translator)
Orfordville — Lisa Fishman
An Organised Life — Naomi Beth Wakan
Out of the Gate — Judy Halebsky
Palindrome Haiku — Alice Lam
The Perfect Haiku — William M. Ramsey
Poem to Be Entitled Five Haiku — William J. Higginson
Poor Bashō — Marlene Mountain
Praying  Mary Oliver
Presence — Jim Kacian
The Problem with Haiku — Michael S. Glaser
Processing the News — Naomi Beth Wakan
Psalm for Haiku Poets — Tombō / Lorraine Ellis Harr
[Rain that Imitates Anne Waldman] — John Burgess [poem starts at 6:00-minute mark in video]
Rock Climbing with Snyder — Billy Marshall-Stoneking
Samurai Angels — Judyth Hill
Seven Tanka on Haiku — Naomi Beth Wakan
Seventeen Ways of Looking at a Haiku
 — Michael Dylan Welch
Sex After 70 — Naomi Beth Wakan
Something Small — David G. Lanoue
Song of Myself — Ronald Wallace
Songs to Survive the Summer [excerpt] — Robert Hass
Subversive Haiku — Anonymous
Summer Haiku Meet — Naomi Beth Wakan
Sylvan Pool — Dave McFadden
Thinking About Bashō — Bracha K. Sharp
Three Bashō Haibun — Franz Wright
Three Brautigans — Richard Brautigan
Three Ku — Marlene Mountain
Three Things to Remember — Mary Oliver
To Look at Any Thing — John Moffitt
To the Poet — Marianne Monaco
Unfinished Haiku  Jessica Tremblay
[untitled] — John Cooper Clarke
[untitled] — Dave
[untitled] — Ellen DeGeneres
[untitled] — M. Kei
[untitled] — Charles F. Kennedy
[untitled] — Michael Ketchek
[untitled] — Rolf Nelson
[untitled] — Gregory Orr (“Could it all be said”)
[untitled] — Dale Pendell
[untitled] — Christopher Provost
[untitled] — Nick Smith
[untitled] — Margaret Stawowy
[untitled]— Douglas J. Steele
[untitled] — John Vieira
[untitled] — Karma Tenzing Wangchuk
The Uses of Tanka (really a poem about haiku) — Naomi Beth Wakan
Walk the Line — Judy Halebsky
Way of Haikai  Terry Ann Carter
Whatever It Is — Ron Padgett
What Issa Heard — David Budbill
When Death Comes [excerpt] — Mary Oliver
While Reading Bashō [excerpts] — Hayden Carruth
With Issa — Nelson Ball
Why Do Haiku? — Steve
With Only a Vague Outline [excerpt] — Jeff Hardin
Writing a Tanka (also a poem about haiku) — Naomi Beth Wakan
Zen Monks Talking Big — Judy Halebsky
Note: If you know of other poems about haiku, please contact Michael Dylan Welch—thanks!