Haiku Cuckoo

Are you cuckoo for haiku?

I remember writing haiku in school. It was a popular assignment all-around because it required so little effort. Kids could write it easily. Teachers could grade it quickly and kindly. What wasn’t to like?

Years down the road and looking at it from an adult perspective, little has changed. Most Americans seem to like haiku without taking it very seriously. It still has that mass, anyone-can-do-it appeal, and I like it that way. It’s Everyman’s approach to poetry, the fast lane to beautiful and economical use of the language.

True, there are some people who insist on taking English-language haiku seriously, and that’s fine as long as they don’t try to spoil the fun for the rest of us.

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