Deborah P Kolodji (dkolodji) wrote,
Deborah P Kolodji

Local Haiku Workshop

Time continues to march on. Today, at the West Hollywood Book Fair, I was thinking how cool it would be to have a haiku reading/performance in a venue like that. This, of course, reminded me that I never posted about last month's haiku workshop at the Pacific Asia Museum.

sitting: Taura Scott, Deborah P Kolodji, Peggy Castro, Phyllis Collins, Janis Lukstein, Elva Lauter
1st row standing: Wendy Wright, Eve Luckring, Michael Angerman, Liz Goetz, Kathabela Wilson, Genie Nakano
2nd row standing: Patrick Gallagher, Sharon Hawley
not shown: Lindy Hill, Cindy Rinne, Susan Rogers

The September meeting was wonderful. Northern California poet Patrick Gallagher was visiting and local poets Eve Luckring and Cindy Rinne attended our monthly workshop for the first time. We started off with our usual read-around of recent haiku. Then, we generated a list of autumn kigo for our writing exercise:

college football
ripening persimmons
balloon fiesta
wild fires
migrating birds
marching band (practice)
dying blossoms
Santa Anas
dry birdbath
cutting wood

Then, we went off for 20 minutes and collectively wrote 45 haiku. One of mine was:

no breeze today
just a marching band
practicing somewhere

Although this got a couple of votes, several people had a problem with the use of "somewhere." I agree in a way, but I haven't yet figured out exactly how I'm going to eventually word it. But I'm going to let it simmer for a bit and see what happens.

Afterwards, I invited the entire group to my house for dinner in Patrick's honor. I made two kinds of homemade lasagna and had some marvelous leftovers for the next two days. It was fun having a visiting poet, I hope we have more.
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