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HAIKU KAI REPORT
MAY 6, 2017
SPRING MEETING

 

Attending

Barbara Campitelli, Jane Benson, Nancy Brill, Mary Fuchs, Mary Joyce, David Keim, Sarah Paris, Joan Pera, Karen Schlumpp, Janet Schroder, and Mark Werlin.

 

Meeting

After rounds of haiku reading, we distributed writing guides by Michael Dylan Welch, a noted American haiku poet who visited the haiku kai at the time Fr. Hand was leading the group. Welch advocates loosening formal constraints, more so than Hando, who was drawn to the traditions of Japanese haiku practice.

 

Talks by Fr. Hand

The Hando Audio Library is linked to the homepage, the East-West page and the Resources page. More than 40 hours of talks given by Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J., the founder of the Mercy Center East-West program and our companion on the Haiku path, will be posted in MP3 format for listening online or downloading to your computer, tablet or smartphone.

 

Upcoming Meetings

Aug 26, 2017  Theme: weather

Nov 11, 2017  Theme: TBD

 

Winter Haiku

Some haiku shared at the May 7 meeting:

 

Spring morning
new green leaves
waiting for a nest
Barbara Campitelli
Woodland wind
swinging silently
the bluebells
Jane Benson
Riding the breeze
grounded by branches
Green leaves
Nancy Brill
waving brushgrasses
saying hello!
beginning the day
Mary Fuchs
A roll of paper towels
circling in the breeze—
the dog chasing his tail
Mary Joyce
ground cover
laid out in a labryrinth—
bees go every which way
David Keim
March morning
bursting with dogs and
the smell of fresh grass
Sarah Paris
freshly-picked rosemary
scented fingertips—
memories
Karen Schlumpp
stillness
all but the woodpecker
tap tap!
Janet Schroder
neglected house—
clinging ivy
eats the wals
Mark Werlin