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.

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

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

Komorebi

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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Delighted to be part of Liz Brownlee’s National Poetry Day (U.K.) Thank you!

Poetry Roundabout

Haiku are poems written with a limited number of syllables (not necessarily 5-7-5, fewer is often better), in the present tense, comparing sensory images of nature. There are no opinions or judgements from the author – limited adjectives, and mostly no adverbs, similes, metaphors or personification. They do not rhyme.

They can capture your heart, transporting you to the reality of that moment for the poet. The haiku is not complete, until it is read and understood by the reader.

Alan Summers is a Japanese poetry expert, a widely published and translated haiku poet, and a tutor & workshop leader. I have done workshops with Alan – he has a quietly extraordinary way of inspiring the ability to write haiku! (Which, in my case, mostly disappears a few hours later!)

Alan and his talented wife, Karen Hoy, have kindly sent some young people-accessible haiku.

painting fences

a wish to be…

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I am realising more and more how the poet Ted Hughes is influencing me, from school to beyond.

word pond

The House on the Hill

Alan Summers- house on the hill

Alan Summers

Ekphrastic haibun inspired by:
‘House on the Hill’ by Helen Garrett
Oil on board (80cm x 70cm)
Victoria Art Gallery exhibition: Towards the Unknown
(24 November – 13 January 2008)

Source: The House On The Hill – the other bunny

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“A trace” or “Trace” is one of a number of collective noun for a group of rabbits.

the other bunny

Alan Summers- house on the hill

Alan Summers

Ekphrastic haibun inspired by:
‘House on the Hill’ by Helen Garrett
Oil on board (80cm x 70cm)
Victoria Art Gallery exhibition: Towards the Unknown
(24 November – 13 January 2008)

www.artrabbit.com/events/towards-the-unknown

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ekphrastic haibun

the other bunny

1956 saw my birth
and the devil’s rope gain ground.

I have yet learnt to fly
or succeed
where the movie star failed
to jump the wire
by motorcycle
in the Great Escape movie.

I did not leave a country by force only umbilically in a Chelsea hospital.

You left your motherland that year,
as I left my own,
and we returned together decades later to rust in old blood.

the scent of colour
in every crime scene
becoming chimera
Alan Summers
Ekphrastic haibun inspired by:
‘1956’ by Magdolna Ban
1988, oil on canvas,
Bridgeman Art Library, Private Collection
https://silverandexact.com/2010/09/27/1956-magdolna-ban-1988/
devil’s rope:
One company (in Wales U.K.) has made, and sold, in excess of one million rolls of barbed wire a.k.a. devil’s rope – enough to go 5 times around the world.

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house clearance
room by room by room
my mother disappears

Alan Summers
Publication Credit: Blithe Spirit 26.1 (March 2016) Journal of the British Haiku Society

Touchstone Award Winner, 2016
The Haiku Foundation

Touchstone Award judges:
Gary Hotham, Ron Moss, Renee Owen, Michele Root-Bernstein, Dietmar Tauchner and Diane Wakoski.

Judges commentary:

“When I read haiku, I’m looking for an unexpected view on the well-known. I’m curious to learn about an open secret (after Robert Spiess). I’m looking for a simple (but not banal) and lucid language that expresses something extraordinary within the ordinary, something which I never read before in that way as well as something that is of beauty beyond time. ‘house clearance’ represents the pure power of haiku. Layers of meaning ascending from deeper layers of the mind (‘room by room by room’) in relation to existential truth (‘my mother disappears’). Perhaps one finds a human contradiction: memories can only get preserved vividly after “clearance.”

“An emotional and vivid image that brings sadness at first reading while effectively pointing out that taking away the physical doesn’t remove the memory.”

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

house clearance
room by room by room
my mother disappears

by Alan Summers
Touchstone Award Winner, 2016
The Haiku Foundation

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