Haiku + Senryu

Haiku is a seasonal, reverent celebration of a subject (nature or people) trying to make a feeling.
Senryu tends to have a victim and may be humorous or irreverant trying to make a point.
- paraphrased from Michael Dylan Welch's Graceguts

Zip Haiku

The first ZIP haiku ever written:
 slowly I search    a field of flowers
 finding nothing      but beauty
-  John E. Carley 1999

First poet to publicly adopt the style:
 autumn walk      without his net
 and now      so many butterflies
-  Owen L. Burkhart 2000

First winner of a Zip kukai (contest):
                   this morning...   the plush peonies
 and your warm breath...   in my hair
-  Marjorie Buettner 2000

Gillena Cox 6.1.14
a steep ascent... to the abbey
rosary prayers... on the bus ride

Q: What is a 'zip'?
 A: A 'zip' is a formal pattern for writing short, Japanese style, verse in English. It is an alternative to the three line - 5/7/5 - pattern.

 The 'zip' has a fixed total of 15 syllables deployed at will over two lines, each line broken by a triple space (caesura). The layout centres on these caesurae.

For more details, see John E. Carley

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