The Unsaid in Haiku and Senryu

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Recent reading of haiku anthologies has confirmed the thought that some of the best haiku and senryu get their power from what they do not say as much as from what they do say. I have come to regard this aspect of the forms as ‘`the unsaid''. I realize that my category is arbitrary, but I've used it in order to have a way of discussing some important aspects of writing. This is not a new idea, and Ernest Berry wrote of it recently in his excellent Judge's Report on the New Zealand Poetry Society's competition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalThe Haiku Foundation
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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