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Regarding "on" and its mora length and nature here are three useful web links:
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So how do we read, and even write, something so short as haiku in English that can still end up as a poem, without the benefit of the complex set of systems that the Japanese have? As Japan borrowed art and writing techniques to incorporate into the modern haiku so we too borrow from them to do our haiku, with techniques taken from their use of a reference to a season or part of a season (kigo), and how to insert a type of pause between the two short parts of a haiku (kire, kireji).
I’m sitting in Barton Farm Country Park in Bradford on Avon:
Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn:
This shows the other side of that cross shaped window opening:
a Japan Times award-winning writer based in Bradford on Avon, England, runs With Words, which provides literature, education and literacy projects, as well as online courses often based around the Japanese genres.
He is a co-editor for Bones Journal (contemporary haiku), and his latest collection Does Fish-God Know contains contemporary and gendai-style haiku with short verse published by Yet To Be Named Free Press: There is also a forthcoming book titled Writing Poetry: the haiku way.
An interview with Shloka Shankar of Sonic Boom magazine where I talk about the negative and white spaces of haiku as the White Paintings of haiku:
The Call of the Page online courses
Our Intermediate Haiku Course: