“Quasi Haiku” or “Pun-ku” (sample)

The haiku genre and very short Japanese-style poems have influenced writers to write “quasi haiku” – haiku-like poems but without seasonal references or cutting words. “Pun-ku” are humorous, haiku-like poems which utilize wordplay and puns.

Here’s a sample of the latter:

a camera / in a book: / peeping tome

And, while I’m on the topic of short poetry, I’d like to mention Cellpoems: A txt msg Poetry Journal. This journal specializes in poems of 140 characters or less (similar to Twitter’s message length, and the length of the status bar for social networking sites such as Facebook and Spiritual Networks).

Cellpoems is accepting submissions. Sounds fun!


About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to “Quasi Haiku” or “Pun-ku” (sample)

  1. Andy,
    Love your ‘Pun-ku”!! Ha!
    When I typed that the first time I put the dash in the wrong place — it came out ‘punk-u’ — amazing what a difference punctuation can make!
    Write on friend!

    • Hi Carolyn,


      I tried “punku” first, but then used the “pun-ku.” Pun-ku are not looked upon that favorably by the haiku establishment. Senryu can be humorous, but are much more sophisticated and nuanced than “peeping tome.”

      Watch out for those books, now!

      Thank you. All the best, Andy

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