"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
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A Haiku Writer’s Time: Learning from Kenneth Atchity by Michael Dylan Welch

"As Kenneth Atchity says in his introduction, “A writer, after all, is only a person who loves writing and believes in it strongly enough to want to do it well” (xiv). Isn’t that what all haiku writers are after, to do it well?"


First published in Frogpond 40:1, Winter 2017, pages 77 to 81. Originally written in October and November of 2016, with a few revisions since publication. For this essay, I read the original 1986 edition of the author’s book, but it was expanded in 1995 with an additional chapter and other revisions .

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