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08 July 2008 @ 06:17 pm
HSA - Seattle - Day One (and the one before)  

Port Orchard, Washington
near the foot ferry bound for Bremerton
June 26, 2008

There’s something about Puget Sound that really appeals to me. I can close my eyes and almost imagine myself living in a place where I could catch a ferry each day for a job in Seattle. But then, it usually rains and I realize I’m truly a Southern California girl at heart. So although it’s a fantastic place to visit, I’m not altogether sure I could live in a place where people sometimes need light therapy.

imported sunshine
my college roommate decorates
in primary colors

On this visit, though, I could close my eyes and think I was home. It was that sunny and warm. But the snow on Mt. Rainier reminded me that I wasn’t.

Christmas in July a volcano wearing snow

Mt Rainier behind the Seahawks Stadium
June 27, 2008

The Haiku Society of America events started with dinner at Boom Noodle on Friday, but since I arrived Wednesday night, I had Thursday to sight see, acclimate to less than triple digit temperatures, lunch with haiku poet Connie Donleycott, who couldn’t make it to the weekend haiku events.

Deborah P Kolodji, Connie Donleycott
June 26, 2008

Unfortunately, I also managed to drop and break my camera, so I spent part of Thursday shopping for a replacement.

souvenir budget
a new digital camera
on the very first day

My host and tour guide for the weekend was fellow poet Michael L Evans, and on Friday we caught the ferry to Seattle for lunch and sightseeing before the HSA dinner.

Bremerton-Seattle Ferry (from behind the glass on the boarding ramp)
June 27, 2008

I thought of fellow SFPA officer samhenderson when I passed the Seattle Art Museum:

Seattle Art Museum
June 27, 2008

Pike’s Market is amazing. Among other things, I sampled perogies, Chukar’s Cherries, red chile flavored preserves, and various flavors of hickory nuts and almonds. As I took photos of a fish display, a salesman teasingly scolded me, told me I couldn’t eat photos and almost convinced me to ship a salmon home.

weekend getaway
the fish that almost
came home

Then, it was time for Boom Noodle. It was great to see Tenzing, Michael Dylan Welch, and Johnye Strickland again. I also met Lenard Moore, Alice Frampton and Christopher Herold for the first time. Inspired by the Pike’s Market salesman, I ended up ordering salmon with udon noodles.

(l to r): Ida Freilinger, Michael L Evans, Deborah P Kolodji, Terran Campbell, Michael Dylan Welch, Angela Terry, Marilyn Sandall, Karma Tenzing Wangchuk, Christopher Herold

From Boom Noodle, we all walked over to the Hugo House, where Michael Dylan Welch had planned a wonderful program, starting off with a read-around of haiku.

One very cool idea for a local haiku group is that Haiku Northwest has scripted out a haiku/music performance that they can do on a moment’s notice when someone requests a haiku reading/presentation. I think it would be great to do something like that here with the Southern California Haiku Study Group. Haiku Northwest members have scripted two different shows. They performed “Music and Sound.” Curtis Manley, Marilyn Sandall, William Scott Galasso, and Connie Hutchison read a selection of Haiku Northwest member haiku accompanied by Dejah Légar on guitar.

(l to r): Curtis Manley, Marilyn Sandall, William Scott Galasso, Connie Hutchison, and Dejah Légar.

In the break between performances, there was time to socialize with other poets

Deborah P Kolodji, Alice Frampton
June 27, 2008

Next, Duo En, Elizabeth and John Falconer, a married duo on koto and shakuhachi, performed “Wind in the Bamboo: Four Seasons of Haiku and Music.” With some musical interludes intersperced between words, Elizabeth would say the season in English, John would repeat it in Japanese, and then Elizabeth would recite English translations of classical Japanese haiku for that season. John would repeat each one in Japanese. Then, they would play a musical piece. They did an arrangement of “Sakura” for spring. It was wonderful, bringing back memories of the Tanbata koto peformance I attended last year with local haiku poets Naia, Wendy Wright, and Peggy Hehman-Smith.

Afterwards, there was an open mike, but unfortunately Michael and I needed to catch the ferry back to Bremerton.

night waters
I float on dreams
of haiku

stillnotboredstillnotbored on July 9th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Seattle is one place I could move to and be very happy. I've been there once and it was utterly amazing.

It was August when I went and the flower vendors in Pike's market had all sizes of sunflowers and asters and zinnas. All of it was just beautiful.
Deborah P Kolodji: Pelicandkolodji on July 9th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Yes, I do love Seattle. So far, on different visits (mostly work related but some were for pleasure like this one), I've visited it in November, March, May, and June.

June was the best.
Kathabela Wilsonkathleenwilson on July 9th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
my haiku heart in Seattle
Thank you for sharing all of this- it''s a wonderful story and you beam out of the photos- it looks like a wonderful time. I could have a long visit there and be very happy, especially as I have a dear poet friend who lives there, that I miss, but yes, I too (though I lived in NY for my childhood and many years after) would wilt without our California consistent environment- it seems to provide warmth that maintains a continious poetic bloom. I love your haiku just smiling out of this experience, like your happy face in the photos. The digital camera one is really charming, and I can just feel the strength of that experience through it! Thank you for getting the new one. You can always think of it as the ultimate souvenir! (An unforgettable souvenir!) I love the salmon story and poem too.) Hope you have a chance to show this and tell these stories at our poetry gatherings!
Deborah P Kolodji: Pelicandkolodji on July 12th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
Re: my haiku heart in Seattle
Thanks Kath!

Yes, I could happily have an extended writer's vacation in the Pacific Northwest.


If only I could figure out how to fund such things.....
Betteb_oki on July 11th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
i'm on vacation and am catching up on some of my email and LJ today.

thanks so much for sharing these photos! looks like a great time :))

i love to ride on ferry boats!
Deborah P Kolodji: EgretBadHairDaydkolodji on July 12th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
Thanks Bette. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

I must admit to really, really enjoying the ferry rides. I'm sure I looked like a tourist, though.
(Anonymous) on July 13th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
DebbieThanks for taking me on a trip to Seattle
Thanks for taking me on a trip to Seattle. It was as if I were there.
Your photos, poetry and writing, all blended together beautifully. There are some good ideas for the Southern California Haiku Study Group.
See you at the next meeting.
Peggy Hehman-Smith
Deborah P Kolodji: DebMVFallsdkolodji on July 14th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
Re: DebbieThanks for taking me on a trip to Seattle
Thanks, Peggy! I'm glad you enjoyed the ride.

I agree - there is much we can learn from this experience to benefit the Southern California Haiku Study Group.

I'll see you next Saturday!