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Yanty's Butterfly: Haiku Nook: An Anthology

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Yanty's Butterfly is an international haiku anthology dedicated to Yanty Tjiam (1981-2015), and her family. Yanty was a haiku poet who passed away in 2015. She was a beloved member of our Haiku Nook community on Google+. In honor of Yanty, 20 poets from Canada, the U.K., Germany, Persia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, South Africa, Taiwan, the Philippines, and the U.S. have come toge ...more
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Published March 4th 2016 by Lulu.com
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Francis Franklin I wrote this yesterday in response to a comment about 5-7-5 haiku:

I love the challenge of 5-7-5, but I can see both sides of the coin.

Many people…more
I wrote this yesterday in response to a comment about 5-7-5 haiku:

I love the challenge of 5-7-5, but I can see both sides of the coin.

Many people adhere to the 5-7-5 without really thinking about the way the rhythm and structure work together. Many add extra (redundant or excessive) words to meet the syllable count. Many ignore the subtleties of juxtaposition, etc., that ‘true haiku’ should have.

I’m certainly guilty of the last of these.

‘True haiku’, on the other hand, is all about subtlety, simplicity, ambiguity, elegance,… and once you get used to it the 5-7-5 often looks very clunky.

The problem for me is that by embracing subtlety and ambiguity you end up with poetry that’s obscure, and often inaccessible. Some of my recent haiku have left me thinking simultaneously, ‘Wow, flash of genius!’ and, ‘How inexpressibly dull…’

I think both forms have their purpose. There’s such pleasure in crafting the 5-7-5, but there is so much that can be learned by searching for even briefer expression of ideas.(less)
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Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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For an unbiased and very thoughtful review, see A Review of Yanty's Butterfly at Under the Basho by Iliyana Stoyanova.

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I am a co-author - a contributor to this anthology. I give this rating because I feel so honoured to be included in this book along with so many very talented haiku poets, who have not only taught me humility but also encouraged my understanding of, and writing of, haiku in its various forms.
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