Poems Based on Japanese Models

In recent times I have been experimenting with poems based on two particular Japanese models: the haiku (3 lines) and tanka (5 lines). Both are ancient forms of traditional poetry in Japanese culture; and although, when rendered in English, do possess certain differences from the Japanese originals, are nonetheless popular and compelling poetic forms.  I can’t speak for the results – but I do hope they are nonetheless of some merit. Enjoy! Continue reading “Poems Based on Japanese Models”


As an exercise in stress relief and as a creative outlet, I occasionally scribble what I am pleased to call “poems”. What real poets would call them I hesitate to say. And although I’ve posted some of these elsewhere, I thought I’d bring them together in one place for your delectation. Enjoy. Continue reading “Poems”