Peggy Willis Lyles, haiku poet, Magnapoet, and co-editor of The Heron's Nest responds to Haiku - Three Questions.
1. Why do you write haiku?
Vince Tripi asked me that question many years ago, and after considerable thought I answered, "To participate." That may be as close as I can come to the nearly impossible answer. I could add, "Because I want to and need to." Writing haiku is a way of partaking and sharing, of contributing to and becoming one with humanity, the earth, the universe. Searching, being, expressing, and discovering merge in this life-enriching habit that sharpens observation, intuition, and experience.
2. What other poetic forms do you enjoy?
A great many! I came to haiku from a love of British and American poetry, studied in some depth, and world poetry sampled in translation. Although haiku has become my "specialty," I continue to read and enjoy a broad variety of classic and contemporary poems.
3. Of the many wonderful haiku you've written, what do you consider to be your top three? (Please provide original publication credits.)
I hope the best ones are still ahead of me. I know that other people remember and value these:
the play of light and shadow
on the wind chimes
first published in Modern Haiku XI, 1980
a taste of the mountain
from your cupped hands
first published in Mayfly
in spite of everything forsythia
first published in The Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar 2008
Next week, Paul David Mena.