Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Modern Poet Ana Elsner invents the Moku
'Moku' is a brand-new term in the world of poetry. This term was first coined by poet and writer Ana Elsner.

'Moku' is short for 'Modified haiku'. It was originally used to describe Elsner's own characteristic 3 liners which are based on haiku but do not conform to the traditional 17 syllable format.

Contemporary poet Ana Elsner further breaks with haiku tradition in that her imagery is not necessarily based on nature. Instead, her Moku often treat with urban situations, or shine the spotlight on a specific character or state-of-mind.


this baleful time of keening

ghostly alchemy of our deferred grief

glaciers weep

© Ana Elsner

(reprinted by permission)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adopting Ana Elsner's new freestyle form, here's my try at moku:

was never fond of haiku

too restrictive and archaic for my taste

moku rocks

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 8:03:00 PM  

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