I am just starting a project to gather a bibliographic reference list of Haiku in English that follow the traditional syllabics of 5-7-5. I am interested in the following:
First, books of Haiku that are written in 5-7-5, original work, in English. This kind of book would resemble Richard Wright's "Haiku: This Other World". Not every single Haiku in the book has to follow the 5-7-5 syllabics; some of Wright's Haiku drift from that count. But the Haiku in the book should be weighted towards that traditional count.
Second, translations of Haiku into English that adhere to the 5-7-5 count; that is to say that when translating the translator uses the 5-7-5 count in the English translation.
Third, books by a single poet that include Haiku, along with other forms and types of poems, with the Haiku in the traditional 5-7-5 format. Examples would be Hayden Carruth's "Collected Shorter Poems 1946 - 1991", Mary Jo Salter's "Open Shutters", and Yeshaya Rotbard's "The Calligraphy of Clouds".
Fourth, anthologies of poetry that include Haiku in the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic form. An example would be the Fourth and Fifth Editions of the Norton Anthology of Poetry which includes some of Richard Wright's syllabic Haiku.
Fifth, magazines that were or are published that use the 5-7-5 syllabic form as a criteria for selection.
Occasional publications, such as chapbooks, or saddle-stapled endeavors, or other self-published efforts, that follow the 5-7-5 syllabics.
I am not interested in:
Single Haiku that follow the syllabic form but appear in an anthology of Haiku, or poetry in general, dominated by free verse Haiku.
Magazines that may have one, or a few, Haiku that happen to be in 5-7-5, but are otherwise dominated by free verse Haiku. An example would be "Modern Haiku".
If you know of such publications I would appreciated being contacted. You can contact me at:
Please put "Haiku Information" or "Haiku Bibliography" in the subject heading so that I can spot it when it arrives. I have a lot of filters on my email so putting this in the subject will tag it for me.
Thanks in advance for your help with this project.