Sequences

One of the haiku arts is creating sequences. They might be narrative, all on a theme, or have some particular creative constraint or central idea. Here are a few of my haiku sequences, plus a few tanka sequences for good measure. For collaborative thematic poetry, see also the Rengay page, or visit the Collaborations page for selections of symbiotic poetry.


★ = most recommended (start with these sequences)

Haiku Sequences

After the Fall (four haiku)

Angels We Have Heard On High (eight Christmas haiku)

Avonlea (17 haiku)

Blocked by Clouds (five haiku)

Buried (11 funeral haiku)

Crocheting (eight haiku)

Dew on a Rose (eight erotic haiku)

Down the Lane (five haiku)

Expecting (five pregnancy haiku)

Fine Lines (20 haiku)

Five Seasons (20 haiku)

For Henry (three haiku)

For Leonard Cohen (five haiku)

forty neon buddhas

Four Directions (four haiku)

The Haijin’s Tweed Coat (11 haiku, with a twist)

Haiku Lessons (13 haiku)

I’ll Go See (four haiku, after Bashō)

Into a Roiling Sea (14 funeral haiku)

Into Song (six haiku)

Kazooku (four previously undiscovered classics by the haiku masters)

The Last Leaf (seven earthquake haiku)

The Mended Shōji (26 haiku about a trip to Japan)

moonrain (five rain haiku)

Moving Day (22 pregnancy haiku)

Neighbours (just two haiku)

The Night Watchman (five narrative haiku)

Pop Fly (12 baseball haiku)

Postcards from France (five Paris haiku)

Rainbow (seven colour haiku)

The Renga Party (11 haiku)

Seasoning (13 haiku)

Separation (17 haiku)

Seven Flowers of Autumn (seven haiku)

Shēngxiào / 生肖 (12 haiku)

Sleeping Over (12 erotic haiku)

Star Wheel (28 haiku)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame (four haiku)

Text-ku (13 haiku)

Thornewood Poems (41 hiking haiku)

Tokyo to Kamakura (five haiku)

Treadmill (seven Y2K haiku)

Twilight (four haiku)

The Widow’s Shadow (five haiku)

Valtec (four science fiction haiku)


Tanka Sequences

The Second Eye (five tanka)

Shichifukujin: The Seven Lucky Gods (seven tanka)

Still I Go (nine haiku and a tanka)

We Are All God’s Poems (five tanka)

With a Start (three tanka)