Deborah P Kolodji (dkolodji) wrote,
Deborah P Kolodji

HSA Meeting: Urban Haiku Night

Naia and I had been toying with the idea of hosting a Quarterly Meeting of the Haiku Society of America, so when the opportunity suddenly presented itself, we decided to go for it.

The result was three wonderful days of haiku in Pasadena. The weekend festivities kicked off on Friday night, February 19, 2010, with dinner at Burger Continental

In spite of its name, Burger Continental is not a burger place. It serves wonderful Middle Eastern dishes with wonderful names like "Chicken Erotica." I could personally live off their salad bar.

jangle of coins
from a belly dancer's belt...
my own blue scarf

Burger Continental - SR photo
Victor P Gendrano, Margaret Hehman-Smith, Lindy Hill, Michael Angerman, Naia, Chris Wesley, Pat Wesley, Ce Rosenow, Michael Dylan Welch, Deborah P Kolodji, Victor Ortiz, Susan Rogers,
Kathabela Wilson

Photo courtesy of Susan Rogers

We actually left before the belly dancing started, moving on to our next event, an "Urban Haiku" multimedia performance in the Ten Thousand Villages store on Lake Avenue, a couple doors down from Burger Continental.

Kathabela Wilson played percussion and Chris Wesley played electric guitar throughout the entire performance.

Michael Dylan Welch, Naia, Victor Ortiz, and myself were the four readers in the show. Each of us had collected haiku with urban themes. I gathered them together and created a script, varying the number of haiku we read and the order we read them. These were lumped together under seven loosely defined sections. Chris Wesley then created a musical mood for each section.

Meanwhile, Michael, Naia, and I gathered urban-themed photos. Artist Rebecca Lowry also gave us some photos of her West Hollywood street sign haiku installation. Naia took all of these images, creating a wonderful slide show which played as a backdrop throughout our performance.

Michael Dylan Welch, Naia, Deborah P Kolodji, Victor Ortiz
Photo by Sean Kolodji

Afterwards, there was an open haiku mic, followed by shopping!

Naia buys a frame drum

no herons or lilies...
the night throbs
with haiku

I've posted more photos of the HSA Weekend on Flickr.
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