Haiga

This page presents links to haiga galleries featuring my haiku with artwork created by several different artists. Haiga (俳画) is the refined art of combining brush painting, haiku, and calligraphy. A traditional haiga requires all three of these elements. Just as haiku succeeds by creating space and energy in the relationship of its two juxtaposed parts, haiga creates interest through the “leap” or even disjunction between the poem and the painting (the painting is typically not just an illustration of the poem). Haiga also seeks to create a
pleasing visual whole with the use of calligraphy—whether highly refined and formal, or ordinary and home-spun. In haiga, it is important to feel “the hand of the poet.” Modern haiga sometimes replaces one of the three required elements, such as by using a photograph instead of a painting (also called photo-haiga, known in Japan as shahai, or 写俳, to differentiate it from traditional haiga), or by typesetting words on a computer instead of using calligraphy. Some purists do not consider these
variations to be authentic haiga, but they are increasingly popular as poets and photographers become more accustomed to computer technology and its possibilities. While traditional haiga will continue to require brush painting, haiku, and calligraphy, artists and poets have explored many additional combinations with pleasing results, such as using collage and other mixed-media presentations. [Read the preceding text in Simplified Chinese.]
 
The following galleries feature my photo-haiga.
The following galleries feature my haiku with artwork by various artists. My thanks to each artist for his or her work.