September 27th, 2012


HPR - Day Two

As gulls cried in the distance, day 2 dawned with choices. Do I attend the "Creative and Easy Ways of Travel Sketching" workshop with Carolyn Fitz or do I go on a tour of Asilomar with Ranger Roxanne?

shortest way
to the ocean....
poison oak

After the tour, I helped set up the projector for morning sessions: "Mourning Kiyoko: Landscape and the Haiku Experience" by June Hopper Hymas, and "Mrs. Kiyoko Tokutomi and International Haiku Exchange" presented by Minako Noma.

Dr. Akito Arima arrived at lunch and jump-started the afternoon, reading from from his translated body of work. He read his haiku in Japanese. Garry Gay read the translations in English. Many of the poems were familiar - taken from Einstein's Century, which I had read aloud to Naia and Genie on the road up. I think our car discussions really enhanced my appreciation of this reading.

The reading was followed by an interview of Dr. Arima conducted by Michele Root-Bernstein, the associate editor of Frogpond.

Next on the agenda was a ginko, where we went out walking to write haiku for the kukai. Many of us ended up at the beach.

Roger Abe, Akito Arima, Fay Aoyagi

Charlie Trumbull pointed out a log that he had found particularly inspiring to sit on. In addition to the ever-present ocean, tidepools,dunes, clouds, and birds, it offered a great view of a young family flying a kite, a little girl playing with garlands of kelp, a boy walking his dog, and a yoga class.

a yoga class
stretches out...
autumn sea

Haiku was due at 5:00. Susan Antolin and I typed them up before dinner. After dinner, we had a Japanese-style kukai. We all were given a sheet of the anonymous haiku. Then, we voted. Billie Dee's haiku was the winning poem, receiving 23 votes. Naia came in second, with 20 votes.

Next, Dr. Arima announced which poems he had selected as commended and then a couple that he had designated "highly commended." I ended up with two "commended haiku" that had received 7 votes each from the group.

The evening ended with a social hour. Our room (with a few guests and a few bottles of wine) ended up talking into the wee hours of the morning. One of the most fun parts of a conference like this is that you can always find kindred spirits to talk haiku with....all night long!