Each morning at Seabeck, some people woke up before breakfast to do silent centering with Christopher Herold and yoga/stretching with Genie Nakano. Since I was staying up until unmentionable hours talking haiku and writing rengay, this was impossible for me. This means that I, along with like-minded souls, barely made it to breakfast before each day started at 9:00 a.m.
Friday started with a reading of the Haiku Handouts people brought to the conference. This was a fun addition to the program and now, when I look back and read through the handouts I brought home with me, I can hear the poets’ voices in my head, reading their haiku.
My trifold handout this year was called "2010: the distance between sea stars" and it contains a selection of my ocean-inspired haiku that was published in 2010. The title comes from this poem first published in Daily Haiku:
the distance between sea stars
Next, Jerry Ball gave a presentation of “Haiku with Very Few Verbs.” He led us on an exercise of rewriting haiku we had written with verbs, without those verbs. Then, we decided which version we liked better. This led to a lively discussion on the pros and cons of verbs in haiku.
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Charles Trumbull led a discussion on “Meaning in Haiku,” which was followed by an anonymous haiku workshop focused on meaning. Another strength of the Seabeck schedule this year was the way anonymous haiku workshops were used to follow discussions and put the lessons learned from them immediately into practice.