Speeches

The many speeches I’ve given at poetry events are mostly lost, or were given extemporaneously based on notes. The following, however, are selected speeches for which I have a record. I wish I still had a copy of the speech I gave for my college graduation, in which I quoted E. E. Cummings as well as Jimi Hendrix: “Let’s touch the sky” and “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.” For related articles, especially about Haiku North America, please also see the Reports page.
 
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Haiku Neighbours: North American Haiku Today [2013 keynote address for the Haiku International Association]
Bashō’s Frog: The Gift of Haiku [2004 Haiku Pacific Rim speech in Ogaki, Japan; first publication here]

Poets in the Park 2004: Opening Remarks [first publication here]
Poets in the Park 2005: Opening Remarks [first publication here]

Welcome to Haiku North America 2001 [first publication here]
Welcome to Haiku North America 2003 [first publication here]
Welcome to Haiku North America 2009 [first publication here]