. the call comes back
. through purple hills
. – e c h o e s
(haiku: Keiko Yurugi;
painting: from the spring Ogura scroll)
English Collaboration Haiga/(Mt.) Ogura Environmental Support
HAILSTONE HAIKU CIRCLE EXHIBITION 25 Feb. to Mar. 2 at Kyoto International Community House, Keage (4 mins. walk from Tozai subway station of that name). Enquiries: 075 752 1187. Free admission. 11:00-19:00, but opening day 12:00-20:00 and closing day 11:00-18:00. There will be 36 haiga collaborations between artist and poet (54 contributors from 8 different countries). [N.B. Collaboration between poet and artist to produce a joint haiga is not a new thing. Precedents include collaborations between Basho and Kyoriku, Buson and Gekkei, Chiyoni and Shijoken, Issa and Hochu, Shiki and Shihota, Kyoshi and Seiho, Seisensui and Hosai.] One corner will show haiga and sculptural works created on and for Mt. Ogura (in association with the NPO, People Together for Mt. Ogura). The largest work is a group painting measuring 4m and inscribed with 6 English haiku. Our new book, Meltdown, will also be on view. Please come along!
It is hoped that a report, including a photo or two of the show, will appear at the Icebox in future.
floating down the dark river
in my tiny boat—
who is that, singing? C M Wilson
sunlight falls to the rocks Martin
a swimming pool’s worth
of bare trees
New Year’s wind
blown Michael Henry Lee
stretching a lane
the bald trees Neelam Dadhwal
Making a mockery
of my futon-drying day …
come and go
(Saga, Kyoto, 22.1.14)
. Haibun is one of the most rewarding of the haiku arts, both for writer and reader. The deadline for entries to this year’s Genjuan Haibun Contest is coming up fast – January 31st. The Office is apparently lenient with entries received a few days after that date, but only a few days! Please note that the Contest Office is now in Kansai, not Tokyo. This is still Japan’s only haibun contest.
. Nobuyuki Yuasa has announced that he wishes to retire from judging next year, but that he is very much looking forward to reading this year’s entries! Awarded pieces will appear in a book we intend to publish later this year. This is an international contest, and we welcome your participation, whatever country you may live in. Entry is free.
. The Contest Guidelines are to be viewed through the page link at top right of our top page. (Click the photo of hailstones to return to the top page.) Examples of previous years’ decorated pieces are accessed via further page links there.
Happy New Year to all our readers!
An interesting two-part article by Joan Zimmerman has appeared at Contemporary Haibun Online. The first one is published at http://contemporaryhaibunonline.com/pages93/aaZimmerman_Article.html
and entitled “What Haibun Poets Can Learn From Non-haikai Western Poetry Practices”.
The second is at http://contemporaryhaibunonline.com/pages94/Article_Zimmerman.html and is entitled “”What English-Language Haibun Poets Can Learn From Japanese Practices”.