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! 

33 Translations of One Bashō — Chad Sweeney
A Doing Nothing Poem — Robert Bly
After Bashō — Margaret Dornaus     +
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
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 (okay, this is one of my own, but it fits here)
Frightening Things — David Mura
Frogments — Gary Barwin and derek beaulieu
Fun-ku — Seren Fargo
Great and Small — Milan Djordjevic
Haiku — Elizabeth Kirschner
Haiku — Ron Padgett
Haiku — James Shea
The Haiku Chicken  Richard Tice
Haiku Corner: On Charlie Rose — 
Garrison Keillor
Haiku Degree — Marlene Mountain
The Haiku for Me Is — Sonia Sanchez
The Haiku Master — Elizabeth Spires
Haiku on Haiku — Marlene Mountatin
Holding Radium — Diane Ackerman
How to Write a Haiku — Naomi Beth Wakan
I found a geophysicist — Christopher Arigo
if there is — Stephen Addiss
Impossible to Tell — Robert Pinsky
In Haiku — R. D. Armstrong
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
The Kite Maker [excerpt] — Judy Halebsky
Knock, Knock — Attributed
Knock, Knock — Hoi Sta
Ku Contemplator — Terri L. French and Raymond French
A Left-Branching Language — Judy Halebsky
Limerick — Alfred H. Marks
Limerick — Anonymous (not really about haiku, but it makes me think of haiku)
Limerick — Michael Dylan Welch (one of my own)
Limericku — Anonymous
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 (okay, another one of my own)
Nammu, Nammu — Hiroaki Sato
Narrow Road to the North — Mary Ruefle
Near Miss Haiku — Anselm Hollo
not an ode to haiku  Marlene Mountain
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
Ordinary Lives  William Martin (translator)
Orfordville — Lisa Fishman
An Organised Life — Naomi Beth Wakan
Out of the Gate — Judy Halebsky
Palindrome Haiku — Alice Lam
Poem to Be Entitled Five Haiku — William J. Higginson
Poor Bashō — Marlene Mountain
Praying  Mary Oliver
The Problem with Haiku — Michael S. Glaser
Processing the News — Naomi Beth Wakan
[Rain that Imitates Anne Waldman] — John Burgess [poem starts at 6:00-minute mark in video]
Samurai Angels — Judyth Hill
Seven Tanka on Haiku — Naomi Beth Wakan
Seventeen Ways of Looking at a Haiku
 — Michael Dylan Welch (one of my own)
Sex After 70 — Naomi Beth Wakan
Something Small — David G. Lanoue
Song of Myself — Ronald Wallace
Songs to Survive the Summer [excerpt] — Robert Hass
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
To Look at Any Thing — John Moffitt
To the Poet — Marianne Monaco
Unfinished Haiku  Jessica Tremblay
[untitled] — Dave
[untitled] — M. Kei
[untitled] — Charles F. Kennedy
[untitled] — Michael Ketchek
[untitled] — Rolf Nelson
[untitled] — Nick Smith
[untitled] — Margaret Stawowy
[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
What Issa Heard — David Budbill
When Death Comes [excerpt] — Mary Oliver
While Reading Bashō [excerpts] — Hayden Carruth
Why Do Haiku? — Steve
With Only a Vague Outline [excerpt] — Jeff Hardin
Zen Monks Talking Big — Judy Halebsky
 
Note: If you know of other poems about haiku, please contact Michael Dylan Welch—thanks!