Paul David Mena

Paul tries to write one haiku per day and has a collection of 7000+.

1. Please share a haiku you have written.

Paul David Mena

Paul David Mena

staring at a sheet of paper –
a night
without words

2. Why did you pick this one?

I have a soft spot for it because it’s the first I ever published, in “Brussels Sprout” journal in the early 90s.

3. How many have you written? How often do you write? What inspires you?

It looks like I’ve archived nearly 7,000 haiku.  I try to write at least one a day, inspired by observations in every day life.

4. Why do you write haiku? How did you get started?

The brevity of haiku definitely appeals to my short attention span.  I first fell in love with the genre when I found “The Haiku Anthology” by Cor Van Den Heuvel at an Albany bookstore.  I read it until the store closed, after which I just had to buy it.

5. Do you work with other forms related to haiku, like renga, senryu, haiga, tanka, etc.?

Like many Western poets, I use the words senryu and haiku interchangeably, even though I acknowledge that technically there’s a difference.  I wrote both, using basically the same mind set – trying to capture what I see in direct and simple language.

6. What advice would you give to aspiring haiku writers?

The first advice I usually give is to find and read some really good haiku.  If you’re lucky you can find a good online workshop that will offer constructive criticism and provide good examples.

7. Where can people read your haiku?

Lately I’ve been tweeting all of the haiku I write.  My Twitter handle is @pauldavidmena


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