1) Why do you write haiku?
I write haiku to capture an instant, mostly for me. Often, though, I will share it in hopes of giving someone else the opportunity for insight and connection into that moment. For me, haiku occur without my planning for them. The energy in that spontaneity is long-lived and satisfying in its transcendence and connection to a universe in which I am a fortunate to be an observant but momentary speck. (I pay homage here to the Japanese masters [read, read, read] and also to the patience and early-on mentoring of Ferris Gilli, The Heron’s Nest, Lee Gurga, Modern Haiku, and Stanley Forrester, bottle rockets.)
2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?
I am enjoying publishing photo haiga. I have published in all forms, but believe that my forte is haibun. Its compactness and melding of prose and haiku provide me with tremendous opportunity to reveal and explore ideas and emotions on many levels at once. Overall, haiku has aided my ability to write poetry; poetry has aided my ability to write haibun.
3) Of the many wonderful haiku you've written, what do you consider to be your top three? (Please provide original publication credits.)
Too many choices here: my list kept changing with the weather and time of day.
the first drops
Mainichi Daily News, Best of 2006
Among the Lilies, White Lotus Anthology 2008, & Simply Haiku, 2.1, 2004
still the pond
Mainichi Daily News, 2nd, 12th Haiku Contest, 2009, & Solares Hill, Oct. 2009
Thank you, Curtis, for providing this site.
Francis (Fran) Masat, an old but forever neophyte haijin.
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