When was the last time you carried a notebook with you on a walk in the woods? Haiku poets do that all the time, using their notebooks to record impressions, seasonal awarenesses, and other seeds for writing haiku. Learn more about “Notebook Walking,” a short blog posting of mine that recently appeared on the Sammamish Walks website, just posted to the Essays page.
Just added to the Reports page are my selections and comments for the 2013 Haiku Poets of Northern California Haiku Contest. First place went to Roland Packer. Congrats to all the winners, and thank you to HPNC for the honour of judging this contest.
Five new additions to the “Appreciating Haiku” section of the Essays page are “Comments on Frogpond,” featuring dozens of poems by various poets from issues of the Haiku Society of America journal published in the summer and autumn of 2003, and in the winters of 2006, 2011, and 2013. These personal reactions may show you a side of these poems you might not notice at first.
New on the Haibun page is “True Colours,” published earlier in 2015 in Contemporary Haibun Online. And on the Essays page, find “Dipping Your Toe into the Haiku Pond,” a somewhat difficult letter about haiku written to a poet asking me to write an introduction to the poet’s manuscript. Unfortunately, this poet had been a victim of misinformation about haiku, which continues to be a widespread problem among thousands of others. And for good measure, on the Poems By Others page, find “The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered” by Clive James, a snarky delight that I’ve enjoyed reciting at poetry readings.
Want to contact me with a comment about this site? Check out the new Contact Me page, available on the left-nav on every page. And here’s something you might have a comment about: Newly added to the Interviews page is an interview with me conducted by Leena Prasad. It appeared on Leena’s Haiku Hoopla blog on 1 January 2013. Included with the interview is a YouTube video of my favourite scene from one of my favourite movies, American Beauty, in which one of the characters says “Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.” That’s why I write haiku.
A new addition to this site is “Feeling Haiku Through Thin Wood Walls,” my review of David Patneaude’s young adult novel, whose protagonist writes haiku as part of the appalling story of Japanese Americans being relocated to concentration camps during World War II. Find this essay, recently published in A Hundred Gourds, on the Essays and Reviews pages. Another new addition is “Rainbow,” on the Sequences page, a set of poems about colour, recently published in Moongarlic.
Paul O. Wiliams was a dear haiku friend when I lived in the San Francisco area, and it was a privilege for my press to have published a collection of his essays on haiku aesthetics, The Nick of Time, in 2001. I’ve just posted a memorial haibun for Paul on the Haibun page. A couple of other additions to this site include Hansha Teki’s new postscript to the end of my “How Do You Write Haiku” essay, available through the Essays page, and an addendum to the “Typos Happen” lagniappe.
The Interviews page now features “Approaching Infinity: Interview with Michael Dylan Welch,” conducted by Robert Wilson for Simply Haiku in 2003. Not sure why I’d not posted this long before, but here it is now. Speaking of now, haiku is, as I mention in the interview, a sort of approach to infinity, a way to apprehend the now of existence. That’s a lot to ask for in haiku, but I think haiku is up for the task. And as an envoy to that posting, the Essays page includes a short piece called “Sparks: Haiku Writing Exercise #2” that recently appeared in Pebbles. Go ahead, give infinity a shot!
Haiku Canada was formed in 1977. To celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2012, Haiku Canada published The Touch of a Moth, its 35th anniversary anthology, edited by Marco Fraticelli and Claudia Coutu Radmore. Along with many other reminiscences and poems, it also included my “Haiku Canada Memory,” which I’ve just added to the Reports page.
One spiffy new addition to the Poems by Others page is “Wayfarer’s Night Song” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in a translation by Hyde Flippo, a lovely poem about the virtues of forest-bathing. And in the “Poems About Haiku” section of the Poems by Others page, four new additions include “Poem to Be Entitled Five Haiku” by William J. Higginson, “Why Do Haiku?” by Steve (complete with a new postscript I’ve written), and untitled short poems by Dave and by Margaret Stawowy. Have a look-see!
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