The art in haiga lies not so much in having a comely image to accompany a haiku, but in the amplification of meaning that text and image bring to each other when juxtaposed. In other words, as in renku it is the link that is important.
For this reason, it's always been important to us at Haigaonline to encourage collaboration. There are almost as many ways that two people can work together as there are artists and works of art, but always, the marriage of different poetic and artistic sensibilities results in a distinctive synergy of richness and depth. Sometimes the haiku comes first, sometimes the image, and sometimes there is give-and-take between them, which in itself is conditioned by the nature of their relationship—internet colleagues, friends, or family. We hope you'll enjoy this issue's selections, which represent the full range of approaches.
Please don't miss the collaborative haiga
in our Southern Cross feature section.