Haiku, Tanka, and Japanese Poetry

Although for much of my high school and college years, I listened to The Writer’s Almanac on NPR and enjoyed Garrison Keillor’s poetry readings, I can’t say I was ever really drawn to the form. I can appreciate a good poem when someone tells it to me, but with few exceptions, I never really sought them out. However, when I came to Japan and started reading haiku and later tanka, I was really drawn to the forms and enjoyed what I read. I’ve since bought and enjoyed several books.

Lately I’ve been posting some of them to lead off photo posts. What do you guys think of this? Enjoyable or weird? Let me know your thoughts.

If you are looking to get into Japanese poetry, try →here to read a few from a master.

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