John Stevenson on Haiku

“Haiku inspirations seem like dreams to me, in the sense that they have to be recorded as soon as possible. Even a short delay can cause them to evaporate… The application of craftsmanship can be accomplished at leisure but inspiration is precious and fleeting.”

“My favorite kind of English-language haiku is likely to seem so simple and transparent in the first reading that it seems almost nothing. But it rewards subsequent readings, sometimes many subsequent readings, and continues to “unfold” over time.”

from The Haiku Foundation’s New to Haiku series