Further Reading

Graceguts focuses mostly on my own writing, chiefly about haiku and other poetry. However, this page promotes writing by others, reproduced on this site by permission of their authors, where possible, or linked to on other sites. I particularly recommend the following content for anyone interested in the fundamentals of haiku poetry. And if you haven’t already read my introductory essays on writing haiku in English, please visit Becoming a Haiku Poet and The Discipline of Haiku. And don’t miss Notes on Forms (definitions of haiku, senryu, haibun, haiga, rengay, renku, and tanka), Why No 5-7-5,” Getting Started with Haiku, What Is a Syllable?, Go-Shichi-Go: How Japanese and English Syllables Differ, and my Haiku Checklist. Here are valuable essays about haiku by other writers:
See also Recommended Books on Haiku and A Survey of English-Language Haiku Activity. For those new to haiku, also consider reading Jane Reichhold’s Bare Bones School of Haiku for step-by-step lessons that will give you a good introduction to various challenges in writing haiku (be aware that some of the links in its resources section are out of date). For an overview of haiku from a British perspective (but still relevant worldwide), please visit Haiku: Another Kind of Poetry. For children and teachers, I also recommend visiting Johnette Downing’s Two Dragonfiles site (now available only through the archived site linked to here). And for more advanced haiku writers, I recommend Haruo Shirane’s Beyond the Haiku Moment: Bashō, Buson, and Modern Haiku Myths, Lee Gurgas Toward an Aesthetic for English-Language HaikuColumbia University’s Asian Topics page, or try exploring additional essays on my Essays page.
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