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OCTOBER 26, 2013
FALL MEETING

Attending: Jane Benson, Barbara Campitelli, Mary Joyce, David Keim, Melodie Mellor, Suma Nagaraj, Sarah Paris, Janet Schroder, Pat Tompkins and Mark Werlin. Roseann Gould joined us.

Rounds of haiku generated a lively discussion. We noticed that haiku could benefit from subtraction: removing a single, superfluous word could shift the balance of the poem for the better.

Our exercise was writing haiku that illustrate aspects of wabi-sabi (perceiving beauty in the "old, faded and lonely"). We brought objects as writing prompts: a well-worn knitted cap, old photographs, a 125-year-old school book, walnuts still in their outer shells, rocks, mala prayer beads, a one-eyed teddy bear, a soapstone statue in the shape of a pregnant woman. It was a rich experience in contemplation and focus!

Set your calendars:

Winter meeting date is January 18, 2014. Theme: Fire. Pat Tomkins will lead an exercise on Haibun – a form in which a haiku is preceded by a prose introduction that sets the context of the poem.

Spring meeting: April 12. The spring meeting will be dedicated to selecting haiku for a new collection.

Some of the haiku shared at the October meeting:

 

Swimming
days are over
a pool of tears
Barbara Campitelli
   
one-eyed childhood bear
on my closet shelf
watching me grow old
Jane Benson
   
on the sidewalk
an oily mess… showy
in the sunlight
Mary Joyce
   
Black hats, long coats
Talit
Sabbath
Roseann Gould
   
Pregnant statute
arms holding the belly–
already rocking
David Keim
   
walnut saga
layers rough
sweet meat
Melodie Mellor
   
Linking us
across two centuries: my
grandfather’s schoolbook
Sarah Paris
   
old house
old body
repair, repair
Janet Schroder
   
photographs falling
out of yellowing pages
the past recaptured
Mark Werlin