Hay(na)ku: Counting up a new poetic form

Hay(na)ku is a very simple poetic form, and it’s also one of the newest. It was apparently created in 2003 by poet Eileen Tabios.


Hay(na)ku is a 3-line poem with one word in the first line, two words in the second, and three in the third. There are no restrictions beyond this.


A really basic example:


Boys
chase girls
on the playground.


There are already some variations of this new poetic form. For instance, a reverse hay(na)ku has lines of three, two, and one word(s) for lines one, two, and three respectively. Also, multiple hay(na)ku can be chained together to form longer poems.


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Here are some links to other hay(na)ku sites:



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  1. Vince Gotera

    Hi, Robert.

    Just for fun … yes, Eileen Tabios invented (no, birthed) the hay(na)ku. But I am its godfather; I named it. The name is a pun on "haiku" and the Filipino phrase "ay naku" which means something like "oh my gosh."

    Keep up the good work with the blog!

    –Vince

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