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HAIKU KAI REPORT
May 12, 2018
SPRING MEETING

 

Attending

Mary Fuchs, Elaine Mannon, Malaena Nahmias, Sarah Paris, Karen Schlumpp, and Mark Werlin.

 

Meeting

After rounds of haiku, Sarah guided us through a writing/editing session. Mark had revised Jane Benson's exercise on juxtaposition to include haiku examples drawn from David Grayson's collection Discovering Fire: Haiku & Essays. The smaller gathering allowed time to discuss in depth the use of contrast, similarity and association in bringing together two or more elements into a haiku. Special thanks to Jane for having first proposed and presented the subject, and to David for including exemplary modern haiku in his book.

Save the Date – Guest Poet
At our next meeting on September 8, Bay Area haiku poet Chuck Brickley will read from his collection earthshine, which received the 2017 Touchstone Distinguished Book award from The Haiku Foundation. Chuck will also do a presentation on haiku editing. We hope all of you will be able to attend.

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

September 8, 2018 (Theme: contrast/similarity)

 

November 17, 2018 (Theme TBD)

 

Spring Haiku

Some haiku shared at the May 12 meeting (including sent via email):

 

memorial campfire
I whittle a stick
down to nothing
Alice Cabotaje
stillness
hugging the tree—
the cry of the hawk
Mary Susan Fuchs
Angry voices
tugging at the same coat—
thrift shop
Elaine Mannon
broken flower pot,
the gate ajar
Garden of Eden
Malaena Nahmias
winter wind—
the crows' caw-caw
cut in two
Sarah Paris
Leather-spined book
wiped clean—
love poems
Karen Schlumpp
the earth sleeps
one daffodil
explodes
Janet Schroder
a pause in
the conversation—
scent of basil
Mark Werlin