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HAIKU KAI REPORT
September 8, 2018
SUMMER MEETING

 

Attending

Jane Benson, Mary Fuchs, David Keim, Elaine Mannon, Sarah Paris, Karen Schlumpp, Janet Schroder, and Mark Werlin. New attendees: Betty Arnold, Sherry Barto, Eric Doyle, Marilyn King, Judith Schallberger and Lois Scott.

 

Meeting

We welcomed special guest Chuck Brickley, an acclaimed Bay Area haiku poet whose collection earthshine received the 2017 Touchstone Distinguished Book award from The Haiku Foundation. Chuck read many fine haiku from his collection, then led a short exercise on editing and rewriting haiku. One of the points in his presentation that the group will find especially useful is the notion of specificity in the text of the poem as a means of precisely evoking the actuality of the moment. One haiku was improved by specifying time of day; another by adding a word denoting place.

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

November 17, 2018 (Theme: sabi)

February 2, 2019 (Theme TBD)

 

Summer Haiku

Some haiku shared at the September 8 meeting:

 

Sale Pending
packing up
the last regrets
Jane Benson
Sand Canyon pueblo
ancient ruins
four Verizon bars
Eric Doyle
bathroom mirror
every day the same face
getting old
David Keim
fog—no road visible
bridge is here
somewhere
Marilyn King
feet sink
balance lost
no more beach walks
Elaine Mannon
coastal fog
the jingle of an
ice cream truck
Sarah Paris
still garden
pond—a raindrop
ripples
Karen Schlumpp
I freeze in my steps
then second-guess a sound
ticking leaves
Judith Schallberger
hanging by a thread
a lone spider
sails before m
Janet Schroder
melancholy
of being
working-class dogl
Lois Scott