Great blast from the past!

Still Points : Moving World

It was a day of Haiku and poetry in the gallery yesterday, with a fascinating and enjoyable Haiku taster workshop by Alan Summers and Karen Hoy, in which participants penned their Haiku from found words or experiences of the art work in the gallery.

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This was followed in the afternoon by an illuminating poetry reading by Lizzie Latham that included the premiere recital of the first chapter of her new poem ‘Momoko’.

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The gallery was resonant with the performative sound of spoken words.

http://www.withwords.org.uk
http://llatham.blogspot.co.uk/

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wishbones the ritual with my mother

Alan Summers (UK)
Presence, #59, November 2017

About Thanksgiving and turkey wishbones:
http://www.startribune.com/no-bones-about-it-breaking-the-wishbone-is-a-family-tradition/283837301/

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senryu

wishbones the ritual with my mother

by Alan Summers (UK)
Presence, #59, November 2017

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Delighted to achieve a Second place!

 

Second Place
rush hour the train station cornea by cornea
-Alan Summers
Judge’s commentary:
Another fine one-line haiku and the wonderful use of cornea by cornea to focus on the mirroring qualities of all the elements at play. We can read many different links and connections into the glass lenses in the image and the humans on board the train. With the movement in the haiku we are taken along by the swirling effect of the train as it rushes past.

Australian Haiku Society

capture

First Place

silence a haunting in the archives of a sigh

-Lorin Ford

Haiku that resonate more with every reading do not reveal themselves at first glance, they require a deeper investigation. This haiku fascinated me from the first reading and I found an instant connection between silence and the film equipment. Then we have the wonderful a haunting in the archives of a sigh… splendid! One could draw many meanings and connections, but for me the capturing of memories is the haunting from the past and the mention of a sigh their emotional content. This becomes a powerful mix of juxtaposition and intrigue.

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The way haiku ‘spin’ on an axis of juxtaposed images.

Juxtaposition in haiku

http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/the-moon-is-broken-juxtaposition-in.html

Source: Alan Summers’ Sparrow

I was inspired by the sheer wonder we can have as children, from simple things as the scent of rain, to birdsong that seems to go on forever, and then further still.

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the scent of rain
birdsong stretches
as far as Mars

by Alan Summers  (UK)

Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum  (Japan)

Selected Haiku Collection, 2017

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class test or the antics of a bag blowing in the wind commentary by Alan Summers

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class test —
outside, a plastic bag
is dancing in the wind
— Maria Laura Valente

Haiku in the Workplace ~ Looking out the office window (Sept. 27, 2017) ~ edited by Jim Kacian, founder and president of The Haiku Foundation.

https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/2017/09/27/haiku-in-the-workplace-looking-out-the-office-window/

Comment by Alan Summers, president of the United Haiku and Tanka Society:

Oh, yes, school will never end for some, so thank goodness there is something like a plastic bag blowing in the wind, something Bob Dylan might have written a song about?
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class test —
outside, a plastic bag
is dancing in the wind
— Maria Laura Valente

I actually like that comma, which some may feel is not required.

plastic bag and sun

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