Try This! - Read Haiku / Practice Haiku

From Keri Collins Lewis:

Find a book of haiku, such as THE HAIKU ANTHOLOGY (3rd Edition), edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel. You might also find haiku online at a website, such as the Haiku Society of America --

Open your book to a random page, or pull up a haiku on your screen. Then, close your eyes, and point. 

Select a word, phrase, or line from any haiku. Start there, and build your own poem. Don't overthink it! You might see how many different haiku you can generate from one line.

I find it’s easiest to start with the beginning line - copying it as is - and then diverge for the next two lines, but there is no right or wrong way to do this. 

You might even doodle a picture to go with your haiku to tickle a different part of your brain. 

This is a great warm-up exercise for longer writing projects, too!

Here's mine.  Below you see a page from THE HAIKU ANTHOLOGY. Below that, you can read my haiku, inspired by the ones from the book.  

Try letting a line of haiku get you started in your notebook today...

Haiku by Cor Van Den Heuvel

My Notebook Page of Haiku

 Another Notebook Page of Haiku

Keri Collins Lewis has notebooks and journals stashed all over her house. She blogs at about everything from books and poetry to keeping bees and chickens.

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