I am English and I enjoy writing haiku in my native language based on the classical Japanese 5-7-5 syllabic structure.
I set up this blog in order to promote this form of haiku. I have no problem with modern haiku but object strongly to having my haiku rejected purely because they are “classical”. More recently, I’ve been told that “most people don’t write traditional haiku any more.” I found this interesting, as in April 2016 I had 1,848 people following this blog.
All the haiku published on this site are structured classically with 5-7-5 syllables per line. Please take this into account if you wish to Submit your own haiku and feature as a guest writer. I am aware that my haiku cannot be truly classical because I do not write in the old style of Japanese. Yet, this is how I was taught to write them many years ago and I find haiku such as these very pleasing to read. Yes, it is difficult to create a classical haiku in English, but isn’t that what writing is all about? Isn’t that how we hone our craft, by attempting the difficult?
Featured Haiku Writers
Three times a year I feature haiku by one guest writer. This is by invitation only. The best way to receive an invitation is to submit 4-5 haiku on the current theme whenever Pure Haiku is OPEN to submissions.
Please note – the plural of haiku is haiku