February 1st, 2010


Raining Haiku...

On Saturday, Naia and I attended a "winter rain" haiku workshop at the Penisula Center Library in Rolling Hills Estates. Oleg Kagan was the facilitator and he developed a wonderful program around Penny Harter's haiku workshop chapter in The Haiku Handbook (Chapter 12).

Although the workshop was named "winter rain" after a David Lanoue translation of Issa, the day was bright and sunny. Oleg took it in stride. "This should be the beautiful day haiku workshop!" he said.

But all sun aside, it is raining. Raining haiku. It is splashing up everywhere, in unexpected places like road signs in WeHo.


In addition to Rebecca Lowry's haiku art installation, haiku has been recently spotted on Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry, in a J.D. Salinger obituary, and in Valentine displays at local bookstores, filled with Love Haiku, a new book of translations by Patricia Donegan with Yoshie Ishibashi.