The world of Japanese-form poetry is ever growing and burgeoning into an increasingly popular and watched genre.
Particularly exciting is what is happening with modern haiga today. State-of-the-art technology has opened the door to new modes of expression. Photography, whether digitally manipulated or not, brush-and-ink art, watercolour pencils, pastel sticks, and any other artistic presentation will be accepted as long as it holds true to the haiku spirit.
Haiga, of course, is poem-art, but it is so much more than a three or five-line poem accompanying an image. The poem must not merely describe the image, nor is it to be confused as a slogan, but rather as an integral part of the whole. Indeed, the poem must also be art, and the art must be a visual extension of the word.
Neither text nor art must jar. Nothing about the image or the font must be showy, slick, or overly manipulated, but rather draw the observer into the thought process.
Work must possess simplicity, modesty, minimalism, beauty, and truth. Both image and haiku must be strong enough to stand alone, but together, form a completely new and enhancing artistic expression that would not have been possible otherwise.
The haiku and image need not be overtly associated with the other. In fact, the subtlest and gentlest associations often work best.
There is no need to go further into what defines modern haiga because, on these pages, we will see haiga define itself as its history develops right before our eyes.
~ Aurora Antonovic
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