Deborah P Kolodji (dkolodji) wrote,
Deborah P Kolodji

Haiku, Plays, Friends, and Family

Today was the third Saturday of the month, so I went to my monthly haiku study group at Borders Bookstore in Cerritos. I had a very productive kukai session and wrote quite a few haiku.

Afterwards, there was a book launching event at Vic Gendrano's house in Lakewood. A group from the haiku study group went over there immediately after the meeting, where we were joined by Michael McClintock and Vic's family. Vic was launching his book, Rustle of Bamboo Leaves. His daughters and daughter-in-law danced a traditional hulu for us. Michael McClintock was giving out copies of The Tanka Anthology (which mentions me & Amaze in the introduction!) and his book, Letters in Time. It was wonderful to finally meet McClintock, who urged me to try my hand at some tanka. He feels that the cinquain form is closely related to tanka. I did try to write one about the hula dancers:

a dove flies
from her fingers
a daughter dances
with her sisters
at the book launching

Unfortunately, I had to hurry out of there to make a play at the Music Center. Since Yvette was in town for an orthodontist appointment and Kirk just recently celebrated a birthday, the kids and I went to see Louis and Clark Reach the Euphrates at the Mark Taper Forum. The play ends tomorrow, but don't worry, you didn't miss a thing! However, despite the play, the kids and I had a great time.
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