In Jim’s recent blog post, he asks for help assessing the Foundation’s performance. He clarifies posting the mission statement:
The impetus behind The Haiku Foundation was the realization that English-language haiku had done a poor job of promoting itself in two important venues: in gathering, interpreting, honoring and making available its comprehensive history, and in reaching beyond a coterie audience to establish its importance as a literary vehicle in the present and future. As a result, THF has two primary missions:
1) to archive our first century of English-language haiku; and
2) to expand possibilities for our second.
All other haiku groups—from journals to societies to conferences—have been created to help the individual poet realize his or her creative dream, be it education, publication or social contact. The Haiku Foundation does not follow this model. THF instead is a series of projects organized not for poets per se, but for haiku itself. The realization of these projects will in due course help all haiku poets. Haiku has been very good to all the poets who have been fortunate to have found it. The Haiku Foundation is where poets go when they want to give back.
As far as rating the Foundation, readers are given the following options: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor and Abandon. The four responses Jim got are positive ones. But if you would, I would love to hear specifics. Which resources are your favorites? Which ones work well toward the Foundation’s goals?