I find longer works really hard to connect with these days - usually because they have an intent I don't enjoy. mostly they are too concerned with expressing themselves, and forget that a good writer must forget themselves in the poem... poets I find have real trouble remembering that people will read the poem.
I do like Bukowski and William Carlos Williams though, so maybe there is some hope for the longer form.
a great person/al-image (rather than natural-image, not that I support an absolute distinction between them). we feel that in one kind of poem there is a person attempting to understand nature, and in the other, a person tries to understand a person (here, the ex-girlfriend).
Tanka is actually a style that predates haiku...it usually consiss of five lines, and is (in my opinion) a little more fluid than haiku. i post educational journals about the various eastern styles. Feel free to go to my page and browse my previous journals...try out the style!! Its great