We're getting close to open submissions season for many college-affiliated literary journals. I haven't submitted much since early spring, but I did receive a few nice and personalized rejections--the kind that let me know I was super close...just not close enough. And so, it's time to get back to sending my work out, but first...
The basic premise of the haiku sonnet is simple: 4 3-liner haiku plus a couplet of either 5 or 7 syllables adds up to 14 lines, the same number of lines found in a sonnet. The only mention of this form that I've been able to find is a poet named David Marshall.
So to write a haiku sonnet, you really have to know how to write haiku. Here are two posts from Poetic Asides on the topic:
- Haiku: Easy or Hard? from August 6, 2007. And a follow-up...
- Haiku Revisited with comments from Michael Dylan Welch from August 8, 2007.
And if you want a refresher on sonnets, check out Poetic Form: Sonnet from January 14, 2011.
Note: For haiku poets who believe in writing one-liners, this same concept could be applied to the haiku sonnet by combining 14 one-line haiku.
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Here’s my attempt at a Haiku Sonnet:
patience, by Robert Lee Brewer
adults gather next
to a STOP sign & wait for
children to escape
from my rocking chair
i examine them all &
hold the weight of clouds
on a yellow bus
the driver makes many stops--
the children must wait
the front lawn needs mowed
though not as bad as the back--
it will have to wait
time waits only for those who
know to hold the weight of time