A Monoku Anthology
All on this page © Mick Talbot 2016/17
Footnote: Not new to poetry, however the Japanese styles have me hooked. Unfortunately and with much respect, I have found controversy is rampant. Albeit all authors do agree on the origins, but all the do’s and don’ts and other aspects seem to be all over the place. As is the case with one line haiku, monoku. A normal haiku consist of three lines in 5-7-5 syllable format, and the general consensus holds to that with a proviso that each line can be lees, fine until one finds experienced authors exceeding/breaking a basic rule. Back to monoku, based on the 3 line haiku the guide lines, in general concur, with 17* or less for the syllable count. In my research endeavours I come across monoku of up to 26 syllables, scratches head, then moves on only to find that there is a lot about monoku that needs ratifying. There was one anomaly I came across that was the apparent dropping of monoku with a preference for ‘One liners’, irreverent I think as the phrase is normally associated comedic jokes, that is not to say humour cant be found in a monoku.