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HAIKU KAI REPORT
JANUARY 18, 2014
WINTER MEETING

 

Attending: Anne Rees Anderson, Jane Benson, Barbara Campitelli, Mary Fuchs, Mary Joyce, David Keim, Sarah Paris, Janet Schroder, Pat Tompkins and Mark Werlin. Henri Ducharme joined us for the first time.

Rounds of haiku elicited lively feedback and rewriting: everyone who had brought a 'problem' haiku was open to collaboration. This is one of the most important reasons why we meet in community, to support each other's practice by sharing ideas. Because of the brevity of the haiku form, even small shifts in emphasis, a word subtracted or added, can bring a poem into sharper focus or change its meaning.

Pat Tompkins did a presentation and exercise on Haibun – a form in which one or more haiku are framed by a title and a short prose piece that sets the context of the haiku. Haibun is growing in popularity in the English-speaking world.

Below are links to website publications that explore the many dimensions of Haibun:

 

frogpond


Haibun Today


Contemporary Haibun

Spring meeting: April 12 (theme - Clouds). Summer meeting: July 26

The spring meeting will be dedicated to selecting haiku for a new collection. A call for submissions will be sent separately.

Some of the haiku shared at the January 18 meeting:

 

Pitcher of lemonade
two empty chairs
silently rocking
Anne Rees Anderson
   
fire sirens at night
safe under my quilt –
guilty pleasure
Jane Benson
   
foggy night
lost keys
somewhere
Barbara Campitelli
   
driving to school
silent mother, sullen
child
Mary Joyce
   
pot shard
streaked color fading
returns to clay
David Keim
   
Dry hills
only the wind and vultures
circling overhead
Sarah Paris
   
weathered bench
two orange leaves
just sitting
Janet Schroder