Taboo – 2nd edition. First published Oct 2011.

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Taboo contains over 365 Japanese Haiku, Tanka, and Senyru poems.

The 1st edition of Taboo was pulled from the market following a few threatening complaints I received and this recently released version is now available in paperback format.

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INTRODUCTION

Taboo was my silent protest against the perpetual flow of social media Haiku poetry. Dozens of them are posted every hour and hash-tagged, even if they clearly weren’t a Haiku, or Tanka, or whatever form they claimed to be. I’m not OCD, but 31-syllable Haiku poems simply disturbs me to a point of frustration, and this led me to research the tradition and history behind Japanese poetry.

My research has been such an enriching and personal experience. It has helped me to discover a serene sense of balance within my personal life. By understanding
how the masters, pioneers, and immortal poets of centuries long past penned their works has helped me put the online poetry posts into context in addition to helping me set my own standards in poetry. In addition I have unearthed an inner self that has helped to soothe and calm my own soul within a world so full of turmoil.

I also discovered that some of the traditional fathers of Haiku poetry would encourage their underling poets to bend or break the rules in order to express their views and deepest thoughts. Through this process different variants of poetry evolved to become what it is today. What I considered to be a ‘taboo’ was actually a principle method for expanding the Haiku form into the Tanka, or Senryu, or other form of poetry. But by no stretch of the imagination was a 31- syllable poem ever deemed to be a Haiku!

Throughout my life I have been inclined to bend the rules, which probably sounds hypocritical for me to object to others doing it. Although my attempt to break Haiku rules ultimately ended up in the production of various Senryu poems, it also ended up with me discovering more about the creation process that traditional Japanese poets relied upon: the process of reflection, questioning, discovery, and ultimately, confession.

I suppose that if this defines Taboo, then I’m certainly going to welcome it into my life in order to share…