photo by Michael Dylan Welch
Our day started as Michael Dylan Welch led us in another round of haiku reading, after welcoming the new conference attendees. Tanya McDonald moderated a “Haiku Show and Tell” session, where participants were supposed to bring something related to haiku to share with the group. This could be anything from a rare book to a game of “Haiku Cubes”
Michael Dylan Welch
to a dance.
a red scarf
After a short break, Charles Trumbull did a presentation on “The Uses of Haiku: Native American Writers,” highlighting some of the similarities of Native American poetry with haiku. He discussed views of nature, sense of place, kinship, cultural survival and rebirth. A discussion followed on the topic of cultural appropriation versus integration.
After lunch, Nancy Dahlberg announced the winners of the 2010 Porad Haiku Contest, many of who were present to collect their prizes, including the first place winner Susan Constable, the second place winner Carmi Soifer, and a couple of the honorable mention winners, Dean Summers and C.R. Manley.
Ce Rosenow presented and led a discussion on the topic of “(Re)Defining the West: Orientalism in American Haiku,” and continued some of the discussion raised by Charles Trumbull’s presentation. Christopher Herold launched and read from his new book, “Inside Out.” I gave a presentation on “Exploring Urban Haiku,” which discussed urban haiku by the haiku masters, the beat poets, poets from the Haiku Anthology, in addition to current trends and modern innovation. This was followed by Michael Dylan Welch’s presentation on “Punctuation in Haiku,” where he presented examples of haiku using various forms of punctuation and we discussed how the haiku was affected by the punctuation and whether or not it was effective.
This was followed by an anonymous haiku workshop on punctuation.
After dinner, there was a book launch and reading of Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of our Friends, an anthology edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers. It included haiku by Seabeck attendees Susan Constable, Tanya McDonald, and myself. Other contributors not in attendance were Susan Antolin, Timothy Collinson, Karen Hoy, Keiko Izawa, Dejah Léger, Caleb Mutua, Helen Russell, David Serjeant, and Alison Wilson. We read all of the haiku in the book, each of us reading haiku by contributors who could not be present for the reading. Our bios all included a note as to why none of us wrote any haiku about parsnips.
Susan Constable, Deborah P Kolodji, Tanya McDonald, Michael Dylan Welch
photo courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch
white picket fence
someone eats parsnips
Susan Callan led a “Japanese Stab-Bound Book” bookmaking and suminagashi Japanese paper marbling workshop. The day ended with a kukai of poems written during in the retreat, and I actually ended up winning it! Second place went to Michael Dylan Welch and there was a three-way tie for third place between Barbara Snow, C.R. Manley, and Christopher Herold.
As always, there were a few brave haiku souls who remained to write rengay into the wee hours.