July 2017 Meeting

posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:33 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 4:35 PM ]
The July Haiku Northwest meeting took place at the library in Kirkland, Washington on July 27, 2017. Since our president was out of town, vice president Tanya McDonald ran the meeting. Members in attendance were Terran Campbell, Dianne Garcia, Connie Hutchison, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Curtis Manley, Angie Terry, and Michael Dylan Welch. During the announcements, Michael passed around several new haiku books he has recently obtained and Angie shared photos and haiku from her recent visit to the Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. Then Tanya led the group in a writing session entitled “Sensing Summer.” She had taken each of the five senses—taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight—and had listed a number of summer kigo (season words) for each one. We had 15 minutes to write haiku, or jot down further associations, relating to these prompts. Then we shared what we had written, and discussed how many of the kigo fit with more than one sense, which led to additional senses being considered. Everyone agreed the exercise was interesting, and we again discussed the possibility of putting together a list of Pacific Northwest season words. Following the exercise, we shared and critiqued many of the haiku we had each brought.