In 2019, I began writing haiku and senryu (which have the same form as haiku but are more about human nature than Mother Nature). After decades of writing, editing, and teaching the personal essay, I’ve found myself increasingly drawn, in my own creative work, to moments as opposed to narrative.
Contemporary haiku don't tend to adhere to the 5-7-5 syllable structure that most of us were taught. (The prevailing guideline is simply 17 syllables or fewer.) More important is a one-line "fragment" followed by a two-line "phrase," or vice versa, to capture the essence of a moment, typically unadorned by literary enhancements such as metaphor, personification, or alliteration. It's in the juxtaposition of these images that the poem occurs.