Here are her seven keys to writing haiku:
1. Form: Your haiku should have three lines with or without a seven syllable count. It should be one breath long.
2. Image: Your haiku should have a descriptive image--for example, not "a flower," but instead "a purple iris in the sun."
3. Kigo (season word): Your haiku should refer to nature and hint at the day's season or weather.
5. Feeling: Your haiku should not explain or tell, but instead show the feeling through your image.
6. Surprise: Your haiku should have an "ah!" moment that wakes us up.
7. Compassion: Your haiku should express openheartedness toward nature.
This looks like a terrific book--not only informational, but it also gives the reader an opportunity to create poetry while moving through the book. I think I'm going to have to add this one to my Christmas list!