Haiku on Sticks

On 21–22 August 2010, Tanya McDonald and I created an installation of haiku poems for the Arts in Nature festival sponsored by Seattle’s Nature Consortium at Camp Long in Seattle, Washington. We called this installation “Haiku on Sticks,” and it features many dozens of haiku by members of the Haiku Northwest group, each poem perched on the top of an eco-friendly bamboo stick. The following slideshow features each haiku included in the installation, in alphabetical order by each poet’s last name, with additional photos about half-way through showing the haiku table and haiku workshop we had at the festival. It was great to watch people read the poems, sometimes laughing or smiling, but sometimes (alas) counting the poem’s syllables and then walking away, surely believing the poems were not “proper” haiku because they were not 5-7-5. Occasionally such people would come by our haiku table and ask about syllable count, but even if they didn’t, this installation was a wonderful way to bring haiku to the public. We also installed a smaller selection of these poems around the Northwest Rooms courtyard at Seattle Center for the the August 2011 Haiku North America conference.
 

Haiku on Sticks