Throwing off sparkles on the Poems by Others page, just added to the “Poems About Haiku” section, is Naomi Beth Wakan’s poem “Summer Haiku Meet.” I was probably there at the event described in this poem, the annual haiku weekend that ran for ten years on the island of Gabriola in British Columbia. Naomi strikes again!
Hold your horses! You can now read “There once was a fellow named Jim,” a limerick of my very own creation, about haiku, now available in the “Poems About Haiku” section of the Poems by Others page (even though I wrote it myself). I’ve also ensconced this delectable poetic tour de force on the Limericks page, available through the Poems page. Top that!
An essay I wrote on the formation of the Tanka Society of America now appears in the “Tanka” section of the Essays page, in two versions. The shorter published version was just published in Ribbons 11:1, Winter 2015. I’ve also posted an unpublished version, about twice as long as the published version, which provides more details and lists more names of the people who have helped with Tanka Society of America activities over the years. The longer version contains everything that appears in the shorter version. This essay was written to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Tanka Society of America, which I founded in 2000. I convened the society’s first meeting on 14 April 2000, in Decatur, Illinois.
Just added to the Reports page is “Sound Haiku: The 2014 Seabeck Haiku Getaway,” my summary of the latest Haiku Northwest retreat, which I direct. The 2014 retreat was the busiest yet, and also had our biggest attendance. Join us for the next Seabeck Haiku Getaway, October 1–4, 2015, in Seabeck, Washington!
A few new additions here, mostly in the “Poems About Haiku” section of the Poems by Others page. Newly added are Marsh Muirhead’s “Releasing the Animals (the anti-haiku),” Garrison Keillor’s “Haiku Corner: On Charlie Rose,” Rob Shore’s “A Long Haiku,” and Rolf Nelson’s untitled “haiku” about refrigerators (complete with T-shirt photo). I’ve also added a new poem to the top of the Tinywords haiku collection, available through the Haiku and Senryu page, and a few new updates on my Appearances page.
Just added to the Essays page is “First Trip to Japan,” a previously unpublished excerpt of a letter I’d written about my trip, taken in December of 2000 and January of 2001. My descriptions skip so much, especially all the sights we saw in Kyoto, but it’s still a pleasing record of my first impressions of Japan.
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