The joys of writing senryu

As a student of senryu, I was very much interested in “Salaryman slog/ gets satirized in senryu” in the Bilingual section of the Aug. 21 edition.

When I was a university student, I was encouraged to compose haiku by an American teacher. But my haiku have not improved at all!

A friend of mine is a senryu student and sends me a lot of senryu every month. I have come to realize that senryu are much easier than haiku to compose. For example, there is no need to use kigo (a word or phrase associated with a particular season) and above all, we can criticize society or the Abe government!

The senryu form has three major points — wit, satire and humor. One of mine is: “Shimbun no/ wagaku ajiwai/ hitorizake“(“Reading my senryu in the newspaper, I sip sake by tasting my own work many times.”


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