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28 November 2010 @ 12:12 pm
Seabeck Haiku Getaway - Day 4 (Nov 7)  
When I go to haiku conferences and retreats, I seem to enter an envelope of time where the clock moves at a different rate. Somehow, the last day always sneaks up before I am ready to go home.

the one day
on time for breakfast...
daylight savings time

The extra hour we gained by setting our clocks back on Sunday still didn't quite compensate for the extra hours I coveted. For example, where do these stairs go? I never found out!

After breakfast, Christopher Herold led a presentation and workshop on “The Seasons in Kigoless Haiku,” where participants were given emotions and asked to assign a season to them. Then, we read various haiku without kigo and asked what emotions they evoked and what seasons we felt they were associated with.

This was a really interesting exercise. For example, what season is anger? I thought it was summer. What about bliss? I felt it was spring.

Do these mushrooms look refreshed?

What season is refreshed? Is it autumn or spring? How about content? I'm thinking Thanksgiving pumpkin pie content would be autumn.

after the family dinner
she clears the dishes

Charles Trumbull followed with a “Haiku Potpourri,” where he discussed Modern Haiku, his haiku database and some of his projects. He read, with Deborah Adams, a draft of a section of a book-in-progress about the life of Elizabeth Searle Lamb.

Charles Trumbull, Deborah Adams

After a final round of haiku, we reflected upon our weekend and the journey we had taken together. Each year, Michael Dylan Welch chooses a theme song, which he plays at the beginning of the retreat and at the very end. This year's song was Seize the Day by Carolyn Ahrends:

I am ready to go again.
Origaoriga on November 28th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
“The Seasons in Kigoless Haiku,” sounds like an interesting excercise.

Is it possible at all to assign a season to any of the feelings? I would think it all depends on, and comes from, the haijin's own life experience...
Twisted Bonsai Treestefan11 on November 28th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I would agree.

Living on the coast, I associate late summer and early fall with hurricanes. Hence, anger (or something volatile).
Deborah P Kolodji: DancingEgretsdkolodji on November 30th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
Hmmm. It might be "late summer" that I associate with anger, too! Summer usually starts late in Southern California - early summer being "June Gloom."
ankh_hpl: coverankh_hpl on November 29th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks SO much for sharing your Seabeck experiences. I love your haiku-infused reports on your haiku life!
Deborah P Kolodji: TreeSunsetdkolodji on November 30th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ann! I'm glad you enjoy them!
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