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HAIKU KAI REPORT
AUGUST 8, 2015
SUMMER MEETING

 

Attending

Barbara Campitelli, Danielle Draper, David Keim, Sarah Paris, Anne Rees, Janet Schroder, Karen Schlumpp, Pat Tomkins and Mark Werlin.

After rounds of haiku on the theme of Heat, we distributed copies of "Haiku Realms" to the contributors. Haiku Kai participants may purchase additional copies at a discounted price (please email Mark), but we encourage you to ask friends to purchase directly from the Mercy Center bookstore.

Mark led a presentation/discussion on the tanka form based on material adapted from Jane Reichhold's website "Wind Five-Folded" (see the link, below). Tanka, a poetic form that preceded haiku, has undergone a renascence in the 20th century. This five-line form allows space for recording the feelings and sensibility of the poet, while striving for the clarity and economy of haiku.

 

Read More About Tanka

 

"Modern Japanese Tanka" edited and trans. Makoto Ueda, Columbia University Press

Wind Five-Folded http://www.ahapoetry.com/Bare%20Bones/wfftocintro.html

 

We Also Recommend

Lee Gurga: Haiku: A Poet's Guide
Jane Reichhold: Writing and Enjoying Haiku
Paul O. Williams: The Nick of Time: Essays on Haiku Aesthetics

 

Upcoming Meeting

Autumn: October 31 – Theme: Scariness!

Some of the haiku shared at the August meeting:

 

evening heat
the athletes dressed
in perspiration
Barbara Campitelli
Studying his hand
while walking—
the autistic boy
David Keim
just watching
the clouds drift
spring of my autumn
Sarah Paris
Spring evening
the dogs rush in
smelling of Jasmine
Anne Rees
Cool winds
Tree Frogs
Lovers night song
Karen Schlumpp
stained purple
fingertips dancing
berry picking
Janet Schroder
morning bell—
a dying monk's
angry voice
Mark Werlin