Welcome to Pure Haiku! I am Freya Pickard the author of 3 published! I also make videos to accompany my books at YouTube. My other blog can be found at Dragonscale Clippings

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 find this interesting, as I currently have 2,615 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

You can also follow me at Facebook and Twitter and Google+.

Please be aware that I cannot provide critiques or feedback for your manuscript of poetry.


10 Responses to About

  1. Osyth says:

    I generally pass Haiku by purely because I think the modern form is often lazy and an excuse for poor poetry. The original form takes dedication and is a wonderful art-form – so totally Japanese, rather as Ikibana is to flower arrangement. A seemingly effortless and minimal result that takes extraordinary skill and work to produce. I am not a writer of Haiku though one day I might find myself dedicating time to trying to produce something worthwhile – if I do it will be in the 5-7-5 classical structure. I came to you via Jane Dougherty whose work I tremendously admire and I am glad to have found you 🙂

  2. I have enjoyed writing haiku in 5-7-5 since I taught a little workshop for my son’s 4th grade class (one million years ago…). I love your site. And, thank you for the plural information (of the word haiku) – I could not get an answer and it was bothering me not to know or use it correctly. A small detail, but, I think haiku is about details, noticing them, and enjoying them! Thank you.

  3. I love your blog! I renewed my love of 5-7-5 haiku this past year. The challenge and pleasure of following this form grows and grows. Thank you for hosting this lovely blog.

  4. Hi Freya, Nice to see your haiku blog. 🙂

  5. Cindy says:

    I’m so happy you followed me on Twitter, and that I have discovered your page here. I am really, really glad to make the acquaintance of someone else who enjoys 5-7-5 haiku. I also enjoy non-conforming, but rarely write it because the “practice” of the classic style is a special and daily endeavor. Thank you for this, and I look forward to reading your writing and that of your guests.
    ~Cindy aka haikuclouds

    • purehaiku says:

      thank you so much for following me cindy! really nice to “meet” you! like you, I prefer the “practice” of traditional haiku. hope you enjoy the sphere haiku here over the next few weeks. I will be opening Pure Haiku to submissions at the end of March…!

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