Survey Says . . . The Haiku Registry

Every September the Board of Directors and Associates of The Haiku Foundation are sent a survey. Their responses help to guide our growth and direction. We’d like to broaden our input, and so we’ll be asking you to respond to a series of questions, one per week, over the next half-year. Your replies will be weighed in our assessment of our performance.

Today’s question: Haiku Registry

The Haiku Registry contains more than 400 registrants, and contains biographical data, contact information and a selection of poems from each. It is overseen by Billie Wilson. The updating of files is the bulk of our activity, but we are happy to add new poets at any time. The Haiku Registry can be found on the website.

Please assess how well The Haiku Foundation is delivering on this topic. Indicate your assessment of our performance to date by choosing one of the options:

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Book of the Week: Mountain Climbing

colon_mountainclimbingcoverCarlos Colón, today better known as “Haiku Elvis,” has long been one of the comedians of the haiku scene. Where he has made his real mark, however, has been in his innovative visual representations of haiku, or “eye-ku” as they are known. This early chapbook (Tragg Publications, 1993) is an excellent introduction to his free-flight imagination.

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

Do you have a chapbook published 2009 or earlier you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details.

Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.


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Bookstories 25: Ellen Peckham’s Haiga

libraryofbabelEvery book tells its story, but what of the other story, the story behind the book? Bookstories offers an opportunity to tell that story. If you have a story about a book or poem you would like to share, contact us and we’ll help you make it happen. Thanks for letting us know the rest of the story!

 

In winter of 2008 I rented a place in Montauk, the village at the tip of Long Island, so that I could concentrate on the Spanish translations of my poems I was preparing. The last thing on my mind was haiku. But, while walking the beaches, poems in verses of 3/5/3 or 5/7/5 rolled in on waves, appeared written on seaweed, were dictated by gulls. As I had a small
sketchbook with me, I recorded them.

And later, looking for background information, found that there is a form of art, haiga, specifically containing haiku. Inspired, I set up a temporary studio on an outdoor walkway and began to do ink interpretations of the poems. And all year long haiku presented themselves to me and I had so many, and so many haiga, published and exhibited, that I decided to create books. Such fragile offerings, I thought, should be supported, protected and presented together.

Wanting to give my contemporary haiga (not wash or woodcut but etchings) an aesthetic as strictly defined as the lines of the poems are, I set a discipline: each designed with a base paper, two etching plates ­an interpretative drawing and a text plate, the first cut irregularly ­and two forms in chine collé: fine papers melded with the base paper. To get many images keeping to this format has been a challenge in terms of form, color variations, placement, and, especially, the abstract visual expression of the words.

Preparing a folder to show I collaged the cover with bits of early proofs and the chine collé that came from them. And as the edition of books developed collage stayed an element, each unique and giving, in its own title, a name to the copy. The cover collages still contain state proofs and elements of the chine collé but also vintage, Asian and hand-made papers and fabrics from my collections.

The books as they are—collections of hand-pulled prints—have sold and are in a few Collections but now I am working with an art house to bring them out in facsimile even to the press marks. In a more library-friendly size they will be offered more widely.

—Ellen Peckham

Survey Says . . . THF Haiku App

Every September the Board of Directors and Associates of The Haiku Foundation are sent a survey. Their responses help to guide our growth and direction. We’d like to broaden our input, and so we’ll be asking you to respond to a series of questions, one per week, over the next half-year. Your replies will be weighed in our assessment of our performance.

Today’s question: The THF Haiku App

The THF Haiku app showcases poems that have appeared on the THF website in the Per Diem feature. It has been expanded and updated for iPhone and iPad use. Since 97% of our activity occurs there, it is currently available only for the Apple platform.

Please assess how well The Haiku Foundation is delivering on this topic. Indicate your assessment of our performance to date by choosing one of the options:

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Abandon

Please feel free to add additional comments. Thank you in advance for your consideration, and for helping us make The Haiku Foundation a better resource.