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  1. Haiku

  2. Meditative nuggets Brief descriptions or observations of nature or everyday life Less in syllabic count and more in the way it connects us with our senses English-language Haiku

  3. They end their flight one by one— crows at dusk. —Buson

  4. The crane’s legs have gotten shorter in the spring rain. —Basho

  5. Misty grasses, quiet waters, it’s evening. —Buson

  6. Crescent moon— bent to the shape of the cold. —Issa

  7. old pond . . . a frog leaps in water’s sound —Basho

  8. Examine the literal world of the senses: what you can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. Use concrete details to ground the haiku in a specific moment. Observe nature and link it to human nature. Write in the present tense. Make every word count: no adverbs, few adjectives, no conjunctions if you can help it. Strong, simple language. No rhyme. No metaphors or similes. A form consisting of three short lines: the first and third about the same in length, and the second one slightly longer. GUIDELINES FOR WRITING HAIKU

  9. Go outside, or at least somewhere you can see outside • Observe nature • List things you can see, hear, taste (?), feel/touch, smell—try to find at least 5 • Indulge one of your observations to be written as Haiku • three short lines: the first and third about the same in length, and the second one slightly longer. Your Writing Assignment

  10. See you in 20 minutes

  11. Atwell, Nancie. Lessons that Change Writers. Heinemann, 2002. References