the world so upside down
or is it me?
The seasons are subtle in Southern California, so it was refreshing to experience a place where autumn manifests itself more fully. The images keep coming and I keep writing. I think I will be writing about Seabeck for a long time.
wet leaves underfoot
I tuck my notebook
in a new jacket
Our morning schedule started with a blast! I'm always awed by the view through a telescope, so how wonderful it was to start the day with galactic haiku! Penny Harter conducted a workshop entitled "Reach for the Stars: Creating a Haiku Galaxy."
Penny brought color enhanced images from the Hubble webpage on 8 1/2 x 11 laminated pages. Our chairs were in a big circle and she put one image on each chair, and put the rest on the floor in the center of the room. She told us to pick an image before the session started. (We could trade the one on our chair for a different image if we wished.)
Then, she read from a booklet that she and Bill Higginson originally presented in 2007 to the Northeast Haiku Group in New York. She began with some of Bill's English translations of Japanese haiku containing astronomical images, read some haiku by children inspired by the Hubble images, and concluded with two haiku sequences, one she had written, and one of Bill's.
And then we wrote. There were 34 poets and everyone wrote at least two poems, most were haiku, many of them had a speculative flavor which I found really satisfying.
the digital rendering
of our lives
Next, Michael Dylan Welch announced the Haiku Society of America ballot of officers for next year. Three were present in the room - Ce Rosenow, who is running for President; Michael, who is running for 1st Vice-President; and Angie Terry, who is running for Secretary. Ce conducted a question and answer session about the organization. We discussed how to inspire volunteers, the role of Regional Coordinators, online registration, and an online directory of haiku poets.
Following Ce's session, we had a sharing session of the haibun which were inspired from Penny's haibun workshop the day before. Nancy Dahlberg, Lana Hechtman Ayers, Terran Campbell, Angie Terry, Dianne Garcia, and I read haibun.
Dejah Leger and her husband Devon then played for us on fiddle and piano. They played a tune by Canadian composer ReJean Brunet called "Maison du Glace" (ice house).
Dejah and Devon Leger
Dejah had brought a video camera, thus filming us for youtube during our final read-around of haiku. Then, Michael Dylan Welch closed out the retreat by playing "Bread and Roses," the retreat theme, as sung by Judy Collins. We all held hands and it was an emotional moment for me as I looked around the room at the faces of wonderful poets gathered there.
Then came lunch and photo ops and before I knew it, it was time for Michael Evans and Naia to take me to the ferry.
Penny Harter, Michael L. Evans, Deborah P Kolodji
Naia, Alice Frampton, and cookies!
Christopher Herold, Deborah P Kolodji, Karma Tenzing Wangchuk
Naia, Deborah P Kolodji, Carole MacRury
Michael Dylan Welch, Ce Rosenow, Naia, Deborah P Kolodji
I can't wait to go back!