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April Fool, or Not: The Oregon State Bar is Looking for Lawyer Poets

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Calling all Poets (from the OSB Legal Pubs blog)

But if you’re going to write haiku, please, please, please do it right. (Sigh.) Haiku isn’t what you wrote in 5th grade (or even for your first love or your first legal newsletter submission, no matter how much you were patted on the head for your, um, creativity.) Haiku is creative writing, but there are Rules, just like brief writing. (Sorry.)

My favorite for beginners “how to write haiku” book is this one by David Coomler, but there are others (including websites) and don’t forget Senryu, which can be described as Japanese satirical poems. (Senryu can be very, very funny or simply a gurgle of amusement.)

“Hokku : writing traditional haiku in English : the gift to be simple,” by David Coomler

For fun: Baseball Haiku

And, lest you think Haiku is there for the taking (or the re-printing), from our favorite lawyer-poet there is this: Haiku and the Fair Use Doctrine