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.