Haiku in zip format is a contemporary development in haiku by John E. Carley of the UK, restoring the genre in English-language to a fixed form (Contemporary Western-langauge haiku is primarily practiced in a free style tercet of less than 17 syllables). The zip haiku, written as a couplet focuses on natural rhythms/cadences/musicality, and while it is has brevity, characteristic of the Japanese haiku, it is not “pruned” as minimalist versions of haiku poetry, the latter which may often be “stilted” or deprived of natural cadences and rhythms. The form includes a visual pause, or caesura, in each of the two stichs. These can can be used to create poetic tension, give pause for thought and reflection and/or act as divisions of natural phrasing. The visual spaces are usually indicated, typographically, by three spaces, and are vertically aligned. Using ellipses here to indicate the spacing (but uncertain if it will appear correctly in e-mail as the format is often skewed in the process.)
is that a football…or the moon
……………..afloat…o’er the wide green pond?