Deborah P Kolodji (dkolodji) wrote,
Deborah P Kolodji
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Another Great Haiku Event at the Pacific Asia Museum

On Saturday, the Southern California Haiku Study Group hosted David Lanoue and Luce Pelletier for a fantastic afternoon of haiku that stretched late into the evening. Instead of our customary "Blue Room" meeting, the Pacific Asia Museum generously allowed us to use the auditorium, which turned out to be a very good thing since we had almost forty people show up, including San Francisco poet Fay Aoyagi, who flew down for the day.





We started with a haiku read-around. The participants, in order, were Deborah P Kolodji, Eve Luckring, Maurie Garnholz, Phyllis Collins, Janis Lukstein, Naia, Josette, Genie Nakano, Fay Aoyagi, David Lanoue, Luce Pelletier, Billie Dee, Joan Day, Helen Graziano, Jim Bassell, Greg Longnecker, Marcia Behar, Elva Lauter, William Hart, Kimberly Esser, Peggy Castro, Kathabela Wilson, D'Ellen, G. Murray Thomas, Lynn Allgood, James Won, Maja Trochimczyk, Taoli Ambika-Talwar, Stevie Strang, and Vic Gendrano.

Then, Naia introduced Luce Pelletier, who performed a bilingual reading of her haiku in French and English.


Luce Pelletier, photo by Naia


David Lanoue presented "Reading the New Haiku 2: Further Examples," a second installment of his Ottawa HNA presentation. He gave participants a handout of translations of 20th and 21st Century haiku from Japan, Columbia, and Bulgaria, as well as including one of Fay Aoyagi's haiku for discussion. Everyone was willing to participate in the discussion and it was fun to see the varied interpretations of these haiku and how everyone started to see more and more in these poems the longer we discussed them.


David G. Lanoue, photo by Naia



Afterwards, about 20 people followed me home for Thai Food, some hanging around to talk haiku into the wee hours of the morning.
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