Irish Haiku Society

Established in 2006


The Irish Haiku Society is a not-for-profit organisation promoting the writing and appreciation of haiku in Ireland. It organises readings, ginko, workshops and other haiku-related events.


Haiku and Hokku



traditionally, a first stanza in renga.

Before Shiki, the name for what we now know as haiku.


Haiku (plural: haiku!):

a short (having no more than four lines) nature-oriented poem containing a reference to a certain season, or a kigo / season word, and consisting of two parts.


Examples. Classical Japanese haiku/hokku


On a barren branch
a raven has perched –
autumn dusk

Old pond...
a frog leaps in
water's sound

-- Matsuo Basho

Fuji alone
remains unburied:
the young leaves!

Wild mustard flowers –
in the east, the moon
in the west, the sun

crossing the summer river,
sandals in my hand...

-- Yosa Buson

Pearls of dew!
In every single one of them
I see my home

Fool of a cat!
Broken beggar as he is –
he shouts his joy!

Slowly, so slowly
climbing up Mount Fuji,
a snail

This world of dew
is only a world of dew...
and yet, and yet...

-- Issa Kobayashi

White butterfly
darting among pinks –
whose spirit?

Men are disgusting –
they argue over
the price of orchids!
-- Masaoka Shiki

The pines careen
the way the rough waves

My exhausted heart...
the mountains, the sea
too beautiful
-- Santoka Taneda

Senryu and Monoku



a poem dealing with human affairs, usually written in the same form as haiku but without a kigo.

Examples. Classical Japanese senryu

A single ant
gets a good girl
out of her clothes

A baby born –
and as river-banks lie
man and wife

Sheltering from the rain,
the letters on the Buddha's forehead
I study hard!


a one-line haiku or senryu poem


autumn ilness the white noise of crickets

mosquitoes and young couples in love in another language

a wet-black boulder blue december sky

by Jim Kacian (first published in Shamrock Haiku Journal No 1)

© Jim Kacian, 2007



Renga (linked verse):

a linked poems usually composed by two or more poets (5-7-5 and 7-7 onji).


Rensaku and Gunsaku

Rensaku (linked work):

a bunch of haiku/tanka written around the same event/experience.



Gunsaku (group work):

a sequence of haiku/tanka written around the same event/experience.




Renga (linked verse):

a linked poems usually composed by two or more poets (5-7-5 and 7-7 onji).




a walk in the nature of a group of haiku poets.




prose by a haiku poet, usually intermitted with haiku.




a painting that includes a haiku, sometimes in calligraphy.

Haiga by Kamome

Example. Haiga by Kamome (Italy)
includes the following haiku by Issa Kobayashi:

Rare beauty:
the kite escaping
from a beggar's hut

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