Paint Pictures with Words
From texts to tweets to restaurant reviews to email, so much of our modern written expression has been reduced to terse bursts. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a creative medium for this tendency? Seventeenth century Japanese Haiku poets were way ahead of their time.
Inspired by the brevity and charm of the Haiku poem, Maiku is a minimalist poetry composer and journal that helps you stop, create, and share your own 17 syllable marvels, in a form that seems made for today.
What is Haiku?
Haiku is a simple form of poetry that originated in Japan hundreds of years ago. Loosely following a brief, three-verse, seventeen "breath" structure, the Haiku form was employed to consider and distill the splendor of the natural world. Here is an example from master Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828):
Earns his living
From its earliest days, Haiku was also playful. Here's a funny one from Matsuo Basho (1644-1694):
Penetrating the very rock,
A cicada’s voice.
In the early 20th century, Haiku found a foothold in the English-speaking world and has since been embraced by poets and school children alike. Among the early adopters, Ezra Pound discovered the power of Haiku's syllabic limitations in his poem, "In a station of the Metro":
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
Here's another poem from modern American poet Sonia Sanchez, the first in a series she wrote about drummer Max Roach:
every blade of grass
remembering your sound
Few things are better for the mind than constraints and writing. Haiku offers both.
How Maiku Works
Maiku's jumping off point is the classic three-line, five-seven-five syllable structure. But that's just a place to start; you'll find that the app gives you the freedom to compose your verses as you please, with as many or few syllables as you like.
What will you say with 17 syllables?
Maiku is available on the App Store for Free.