Episode 3: Senryu, Son of Haiku

Senryū, Son of Haiku

In this episode Donna Beaver and Alan Pizzarelli discuss the distinction between the poetic forms of Haiku and Senryu, the origins of Senryu in Japan, and its rediscovery and recognition as a poetic form in English literature.

the fat lady
bends over the tomatoes
a full moon
— Alan Pizzarelli


Choral arrangements of Alan Pizzarelli's Senryu:

"the fat lady" performed by The Marietta Choir

"buzzZ" commissioned by soprano Maria Knapik-Sztramko for the Guelph Spring Festival, May 19, 1993 Ontario, Canada