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Haiku is an art that seems dedicated to making people pay attention to the preciousness and particularity of every moment of existence. I think that poetry can do that.
– Robert Hass –

Haiku were not written to be weighed down with commentary.
(Buson, p. 103)
― Harold G. Henderson, An Introduction to Haiku –

Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life.
To live poetry is better than to write it.
– Basho –

What I’m trying to do is to tell young people that I teach them how to breathe before I teach the haiku. That one breath, that one breath, because the haiku keeps you alive. It keeps you going. If you learn how to breath the haiku, you learn how to breathe. If you learn how to breathe, you’re much healthier.
– Sonia Sanchez –

This is a haiku
Haiku’s don’t have to make sense

Remember technology does not make good work. You can still write a poem on a brown paper bag, and haiku is just as profound as the pyramids.
– James Turrell –

Good haiku are full of overtones. The elusiveness that is one of their chief charms comes, not from haziness, but from the fact that so much suggestion is put into so few words.
(Characteristics of Haiku, p. 4)
– Harold G. Henderson, An Introduction to Haiku –

A haiku is not a poem, it is not literature; it is a hand beckoning, a door half-opened, a mirror wiped clean. It is a way of returning to nature, to our moon nature, our cherry blossom nature, our falling leaf nature, in short, to our Buddha nature.
– R. H. Blyth, Haiku –

You’ve got to be kid-
Well, crud, what just happened there?
I ran out of syl-
– Rick Riordan, The Hidden Oracle –

The similarity between Van Gogh, Haiku poetry, and good photography is the concern for mortality. That things are very fleeting, that there are people who are more sensitive to death than others. The threat of time is of great concern to them. And the camera is a very appropriate instrument for many.
– Dennis Stock –

The Hulk is like a haiku; you’ve got to find just the right words. I think, and I hope, we did that with The Avengers.
– Joss Whedon –

I mean just look at haiku, the idea of it. We want to focus on that singularity, on that simplicity, but we still want to add features and add value, but we want to do it in a way that fits in with that mentality of simplicity. You have to spend a lot of time thinking about it.
– Bi Stone –

Every time I try to disown that concept for myself, which is a really healthy perspective, they bring it back all the time. Its so serious and so real and so tangible that you don’t want to taint it with anything other than the thing itself. I was tickled pink with my very zen self, walking around saying that I made a record because I wanted to make a record. That’s so beautiful. Its like a haiku poem. That takes away all the tension and the expectation. I just want to try to do something interesting.
– Gavin Rossdale –

It is not merely the brevity by which the haiku isolates a particular group of phenomena from all the rest; nor its suggestiveness, through which it reveals a whole world of experience. It is not only in its remarkable use of the season word, by which it gives us a feeling of a quarter of the year; nor its faint all-pervading humour. Its peculiar quality is its self-effacing, self-annihilative nature, by which it enables us, more than any other form of literature, to grasp the thing-in-itself.
– Reginald Horace Blyth –

What is the beauty of the haiku is that it is not simplistic. The beauty of the haiku I just said is very complex. It reaches all the complexities of our life on this Earth. Peace – that’s a very complex idea, peace, so we can’t get it as human beings.
– Sonia Sanchez –

A haiku is the expression of a temporary enlightenment, in which we see into the life of things.
– Reginald Horace Blyth –

“Maybe that’s a haiku, maybe not, it might be a little too complicated,” said Japhy. “A real haiku’s gotta be as simple as porridge and yet make you see the real thing, like the greatest haiku of them all probably is the one that goes:”
    The sparrow hops along the veranda, with wet feet.
     by Shiki
“You see the wet footprints like a vision in your mind and yet in those few words you also see all the rain that’s been falling that day and almost smell the wet pine needles.”
(The Dharma Bums, Chap. 8)
– Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums –

In the end, without skill or talent, I’ve given myself over entirely to poetry. Po Chu-i labored at it until he nearly burst. Tu Fu starved rather than abandon it. Neither my intelligence nor my writing is comparable to such men. Nevertheless, in the end, we ALL live in phantom huts.
– Matsuo Bash –


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Our relationship is like ten turtles marching along, followed by seven beetles, with each carrying one monosyllabic word on its back. You might call that a haiku, but I call it love.
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

To convey one’s mood
in seventeen syllables
is very diffic
― John Cooper Clarke

The only problem
with Haiku is that you just
get started and then
― Roger McGough

Haikus are quite hard
You always have to count them
…Chunky applesauce?
― Benny Cramer, Haikus are Hard

“If it weren’t for dreams,” he said. “I wouldn’t know half the things I know about the future. They’re better than Olympus tabloids.” He cleared his throat then held up his hands dramatically:
    Dreams like a podcast,
    Downloading truth in my ears.
    They tell me cool stuff
“Apollo?” I guessed, because I figured nobody else could make a haiku that bad. He put his finger to his lips, “[Shh] I’m incognito. Call me Fred.”
― Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse

My children are monsters, Kiro thought. And I am responsible. Perhaps if I had read them the haikus of Basho when they were little instead of that American manifesto of high-pressure sales, Green Eggs and Ham…
― Christopher Moore, Coyote Blue

Haiku has this rather fantasmagorical property: that we always suppose we ourselves can write such things easily.
French philosopher and literary theorist Roland Barthes

He cleared his throat and held up one hand dramatically.
    Green grass breaks through snow.
    Artemis pleads for my help.
    I am so cool.
He grinned at us, waiting for applause.
“That last line was four syllables.” Artemis said.
Apollo frowned. “Was it?”
“Yes. What about I am so bigheaded?”
“No, no, that’s six syllable, hhhm.” He started muttering to himself.
Zoe Nightshade turned to us. “Lord Apollo has been going through this haiku phase ever since he visited Japan. Tis not as bad as the time he visited Limerick. If I’d had to hear one more poem that started with, “There once was a goddess from Sparta-
“I’ve got it!” Apollo announced. “I am so awesome. That’s five syllables!” He bowed, looking very pleased with himself.
― Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse

I want to create a seventeen-syllable word that encompasses the human condition, and then use that word to form the world’s most perfect haiku.
― Jarod Kintz, I Want

Here’s a haiku/palindrome I wrote called, “Obsession”.
Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob,
Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob,
Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob
― Jarod Kintz, A Letter to Andre Breton, Originally Composed on a Leaf of Lettuce With an Ink-dipped Carrot

I know how to tell a woman I love her in seventeen syllables or less. I’m not talking about a haiku, I’m talking about grunts from an orgasm.
― Jarod Kintz, A Story That Talks about Talking Is Like Chatter to Chattering Teeth, and Every Set of Dentures Can Attest to the Fact That No..

Love taught me to die with dignity that I might come forth anew in splendor. Born once of flesh, then again of fire, I was reborn a third time to the sound of my name humming haikus in heaven’s mouth.
― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

Most of these editors, as they call themselves, couldn’t even effectively edit a haiku.
― Frank Black

Nobody can be angry and write a Hokku at the same time. Likewise, if you are crying, express your tears in seventeen syllables and you feel happy. No sooner are your thoughts down on paper, than all connection between you and the pain which caused you to cry is severed, and your only feeling is one of happiness that you are a man capable of shedding tears.
― Natsume Sōseki, The Three-Cornered World

How many midget feet can you fit in your shoes? Depends on how big your penis is. Mine is 17 syllables long, like a haiku.
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

The basis of art is change in the universe.
― Robert Hass, The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa

Men know how to read printed books; they do not know how to read the unprinted ones. They can play on a stringed harp, but not on a stringless one. Applying themselves to the superficial instead of the profound, how should they understand music or poetry?
― From the Saikontan, by Kojisei (circa 1600) cited in Haiku by Robert Blyth, circa 1947 Tokyo, p. 73.

Even if there were only seventeen syllables left in the universe, I still don’t think The Mythical Mr. Boo would write a haiku. Especially not if those syllables were groups of “oh,” “no,” “ah,” “ouch,” “ugh,” “eek,” and “shit”!
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE



Quotes about ….. Haiku 俳句


We shall never understand one another until we reduce the language to seven words.
― Kahlil Gibran

I had never thought of haiku, or any kind of poetry for that matter, as a social activity.
― Abigail Friedman, The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan

The haiku that reveals seventy to eighty percent of its subject is good. Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent, we never tire of.
― Matsuo Basho

When composing a verse let there not be a hair’s breath separating your mind from what you write; composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy.
― Matsuo Bashō

Haiku sounds like I’m
Saying hi to someone named
Ku. Hi, Ku. Hello.
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

I guess haiku is an inspiration for me. Everyday, simple moments.
― Misha Collins

These are some of the characteristics of the state of mind which the creation and appreciation of haiku demand: Selflessness, Loneliness, Grateful Acceptance, Wordlessness, Non-intellectuality, Contradictoriness, Humor, Freedom, Non-morality, Simplicity, Materiality, Love, and Courage.
― R.H. Blyth

Haiku are meant to evoke an emotional response from the reader … to light the spark that triggers creative rumination … They act as literary manifestations … visions of nature’s seasonal modulations … They’re emotionally tinged words, barely perceptible sensory flickers … literary etchings of lucid visions transposed into the minds of its readers … They’re meant to act as sensory catalysts … like the passing of a penciled baton laid out upon a piece of paper that a reader might grasp for in their mind’s eye … all of which prompts the reader to continue exploring the sensory experience elicited from the writer’s pen … This is how the literary sketching of poets are intended to function … as creative muses with which readers can draw from and viscerally apply to their own artistic idioms … from that lucid space within their heads … where their mind’s eye can spark their own creative visions
― Bukusai Ashagawa

Haiku is not a shriek, a howl, a sigh, or a yawn; rather, it is the deep breath of life.
― Santōka Taneda, Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda

Real haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one’s heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations—there you will find the essence of true art, religion, and science.
― Santōka Taneda, Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda

I would hate to see seventeen people with monosyllabic names like Mike or Ann die, but if they did, and you wrote down all their names in groups of 5-7-5, you’d have one tragic haiku.
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Someday I want to write a sixteen-syllable Haiku about the death and disappearance of a monosyllabic word.
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

The love of nature is religion, and that religion is poetry; these three things are one thing. This is the unspoken creed of haiku poets.
― R.H. Blyth

Besides, if you want to write something perfect, write a haiku. Anything longer is bound to have a few passages that don’t work as well as they might.
― Philip Pullman

You were almost like a haiku: said so little, but meant so much.
― Abraham Algahanem

Reading haiku is as much an art as writing it. The reader needs to pause and listen to the silences, to feel the spaces between the words, and to journey into the depths of many multi-colored worlds.
― Harley King, Mother, Don’t Lock Me In That Closet!

Reading haiku is like viewing a photograph or a painting. A haiku is a moment of time, isolated, and held up for viewing.
― Harley King, Mother, Don’t Lock Me In That Closet!

Haiku does not express emotion from the inside out by displaying the mind of a character. Haiku builds the emotional thrust, makes the artistic statement from the outside in, from the physical world to the mind of the reader.
― Harley King, Mother, Don’t Lock Me In That Closet!

If death is like a sonnet then life would be a haiku. The sonnet, a lyrical poem, the beauty and magic with the last breath~ love, words fading and floating off into the abyss that is space whilst our everyday lives or days more important than normal become just a mere whisper in only a few short syllables through which we convey with our hearts the truth of the universe in a single moment briefly.
― R.M. Engelhardt

I recently got into Haiku in Japan and I just think it’s fantastic. Obviously, when you get rid of a whole section of illusion in your mind you’re left with great precision.
― John Lennon

Haiku is a snapshot in time. no veils, no mystery—it is exactly as it reads. The mind perceives everything moment by moment. The haiku is a moment in time, pure and unblemished. Put to paper (or computer) in a short form most imitating a … moment.
― Mestre

This is for all the people I’ll never meet. This is for the person I might have kissed had I taken a different subway line on Saturday and the person I might have been if that boy hadn’t broken my mother’s teenage heart. This is for the people I would have loved if last winter hasn’t been so cold and for the city I would have called home if I had written haikus on napkins and carried pens in dress pockets and in the knots of my hair. This is for who I was, who I am, who I might be. This is for you.
― Chuck Pulaski

I was satisfied with haiku until I met you, jar of octopus, cuckoo’s cry, 5-7-5, but now I want a Russian novel, a 50-page description of you sleeping, another 75 of what you think staring at your window.
― Dean Young

Meaning lies as much in the mind of the reader as in the Haiku.
― Douglas R. Hofstadter

The sun shines, snow falls, mountains rise and valleys sink, night deepens and pales into day, but it is only very seldom that we attend to such things. . . . When we are grasping the inexpressible meaning of these things, this is life, this is living. To do this twenty-four hours a day is the Way of Haiku. It is having life more abundantly.
― R.H. Blyth

So I don’t think I’ll make Poet Laureate, but I swear I’m not twisted and bitter. If finely-wrought talents don’t weigh in the balance, I can always write haiku on Twitter.
― Rosy Cole

Haiku is a particularly Zen form of poetry; for Zen detests egoism in the form of calculated effects or self-glorification of any sort. The author of haiku should be absent, and only the haiku present.
― Anne Bancroft

The haiku reproduces the designating gesture of the child pointing at whatever it is (the haiku shows no partiality for the subject), merely saying: that!
― Roland Barthes

Haiku is a way of culling things from the stream of things that rush past the senses.
― Michael J. Rosen

Yoko [Ono] was showing me some of these Haiku in the original. The difference between them and Longfellow is immense. Instead of a long flowery poem the Haiku would say ‘Yellow flower in white bowl on wooden table‘ which gives you the whole picture.
― John Lennon

He who creates three to five haiku poems during a lifetime is a haiku poet. He who attains to complete ten is a master.
― Matsuo Basho

A Haiku is just like a normal American poem except that it doesn’t rhyme and it’s totally stupid.
― Trey and Matt Stone Parker