Chiff & Fipple Presents:

Tinwhistle Haiku

edited by James Isaacs and Dale Wisely


Soaring notes take flight

Set free from beneath fingers

Invisible birds

---R. Nolan Taylor

"Do you play by ear?"

She asked, whistle in my hand

"No. I play by mouth."

--Richard Gross


In the great Internet tradition, Chiff & Fipple collects haiku about an unlikely subject: Tinwhistles. Actually, this kind of thing has inexplicably always been part of the Internet culture. We have websites which include haiku about SPAM (the lunch "meat"), websites that generate random haiku, computer error messages in haiku, and so on.

Limericks would be more culturally correct but....I don't care. Below you can find links to read the 600+ poems collected to date, as well as guidelines for submitting your own.

To preempt some of your comments, these little poems, for the most part, aren't really haiku. Believe it or not, I'm kind of a serious student of genuine haiku and would encourage you to read and learn about the art of writing (and reading) haiku.

There are many wonderful books of haiku and about haiku. These books are the ones I regard as indispensable:

        Higginson, William J. The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1985 (reprinted by Kodansha International, 1989).

        Hass, Robert (Ed.). The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa. Hopewell, NJ: The Ecco Press, 1994.

        van den Heuvel, Cor. The Haiku Anthology (Expanded Edition). New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.

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