April 8th, 2006

Egrets Reading

A Day of Haiku

Today was consumed almost entirely with haiku from morning to night. First, the Yuki Teikei Society had a free haiku workshop starting at 10:00 in the Japanese tea house in San Jose’s Kelley Park. We had a short discussion based on the zen haiku book Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey by Clark Strand, which was followed by a kukai based on kigo observed in the garden.

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At 1:30, there was a reading by Fay Aoyagi and Wendy Wright, followed by an open haiku reading done in a circle, where each participant read one haiku at a time. Open reading participants included Roger Abe, Fay Aoyagi, Ann Bendixen, Claire Gallagher, Linda Galloway and her husband Nardin, myself, Patricia Machmiller, Linda Papanicolaou, Carol Steele, Ebba Story, Alison Woolpert, and Wendy Wright and a few other people whose names I didn’t catch. This went on until about 4:30 pm. Afterwards a group of fourteen of us went to a restaurant in Japantown to finish off the day.