A Year of Hokku

basho & sora     Welcome to this collection of hokku, which  contains  verses  from  the ancient Japanese poets as well as modern writers. Click here to learn what hokku is and some general information about hokku, which is different from the more modern haiku that evolved from hokku. 

This collection includes verses from the classic writers of the 17th and 18th centuries, such as Basho, Buson, Onitsura, and Issa as well as modern writers.  Each page has one hokku verse, and the name of the author is below each verse.

If you write hokku and would like to submit your hokku verse, please email it to me (click “contact” at the top of the page).

Hope you enjoy this simple, yet, beautiful form of expression!                                                           

To view this collection of hokku, click the icon at the top right of this page (the three dots), or just click here.



The painting, by Morikawa Kyoriku in 1693, is of  Matsuo Bashō walking with Kawai Sora.