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This brings us around to the articles and you may have already guessed the next guideline for using them. In the fragment you can often dispense with the use of an article to leave the noun stand alone. Sometimes you can even erase the preposition from the fragment especially if you are feeling that you will scream if you read one more haiku which begins with "in the garden". This guideline asks sensitivity. It is not a hard and fast rule. But during the revising stage of writing your ku, it is something to try. Cover up the preposition and the article in the fragment and see if the ku holds together. Perhaps it will even get stronger! If you feel the article and preposition are needed, then by all means, use them. Do whatever works for your voice. In the 'roasted chicken' ku I debated about leaving the articles out, but decided I felt the ku needed the 'grease to the wheels of understanding' of the articles. But if you are seeking to shorten the ku, look first to thefragment as you cross out unneeded words.

a vegetarian with legs crossed in zazen theroasting chicken

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3. Seventeen syllables written in three lines dividedinto 5-7-5.

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5. Less than 17 syllables written in three lines asshort-long-short.

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7. Write what can be said in one breath.

It pays to be aware of which two lines you wish to make into the phrase. It helps to read the two lines of a ku which are to become your phrase out loud to see how they sound in your mouth and ears. If there is a too-clear break between the lines, ask yourself if you need an article or an article plus a preposition to be inserted. If you do, forget brevity and allow yourself the lyric pleasure of a smooth shift between these two lines. If I had chosen to make the first line the fragment I would write the ku as:
low wintersun
raspberry leaves glow
red and green

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Issa wrote a poem about the houses of northern Japan,which at that time were little more than hovels. In thewinter they were almost buried beneath the thick, heavysnows. .

A cricket disturbedthe sleeping child; on theporcha man smoked and smiled.

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I've thoroughly enjoyed judging the Charles B. DicksonHaiku Contest. I feel enriched from reading so many highquality haiku, which shows that organizations like the NorthCarolina Haiku Society and Haiku Society of America are ingreat demand to continue fostering the development ofaspiring haiku writers. Nonetheless, here are the selectionsfrom the contest, along with comments:

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1. Seventeen syllables in one line.

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