Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Return of the Haiku

Last year we started the Fun Fourth Festival Haiku (俳句) of the Day. Every day we posted a new Haiku....written by staff, by friends, by strangers.

Here is Jack Kerouac reading "American Haiku"

American Haiku (Copyright 1959)

"The American Haiku is not exactly the Japanese Haiku. The Japanese Haiku is strictly disciplined to seventeen syllables but since the language structure is different I don't think American Haikus (short three-line poems intended to be completely packed with Void of Whole) should worry about syllables because American speech is something again...bursting to pop.

Above all, a Haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella."

Jack Kerouac - 1922-1969

We've decided it's time to bring it back! So...join us! Send us your Haiku or two and we'll post them on our blog, on facebook and on twitter. Come on, you know you want to!

Email your Haiku to info@FunFourthFestival.org

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