Liquid Haiku Intro

Reading Harold S. Henderson's An Introduction to Haiku had a profound influence on me as a teenager. Really, I can say that on some deeply rooted level, Henderson's book shaped my vision of language. It not only contained haiku by great masters like Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa, and Masaoka Shiki, but also endeavored to describe what made haiku tick. Unquestionably, haiku represents a visual approach to language. Haiku are word pictures. If you want to learn about haiku, the links page in this section of Illumination Gallery includes sites offering both technical and historical overviews. No doubt reading haiku subliminally led me to develop the text loop form lying stylistically at the heart of Illumination Gallery. The Liquid Haiku section of Illumination Gallery is devoted to animating haiku. Initially I will animate existing haiku by classic haiku writers. In the future I hope to create original liquid haiku. The animations herein require a high-speed Internet connection.

Liquid Haiku Index