Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people around the world celebrated International Haiku Poetry Day 2017 in a variety of ways. Here’s a brief recap:
HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival 2017
The Haiku Foundation screened HaikuLife offerings in 4 modes: HaikuLife Format (17 segments of 17 seconds each: view our demo); Video Haiga (treatments of individual or short series of poems); Free Format (pretty much anything goes); and Feature Format (anything longer than 10 minutes).
Results: Nearly 1000 viewings of more than an hours’ worth of haiku film.
EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration
Poets from around the world contributed to the world’s largest collaborative poem. This year’s theme, in acknowledgment of the political and personal turmoil of our times, was Reconciliation Haiku, with a poem by Chiyo-ni provided as the “seed” poem.
Results: More than 350 poems. A collated version of the event is now available.
Local Haiku Celebrations
Huntsville (AL): Some stealth action from the Trillium Haiku Society:
Newton (MA): Susan Caulfield writes “We had a small class, and a cute group of kids, friends about 8-10 years old. They wrote a great collaborative haiku about the girl’s dog. Not specifically about reconciliation, but it sort of fits”:
Sleeping paws stretched out
loyalty always with her
Dozing in my arms
Newton Free Library
Results: We hope to feature write-ups and pictures from as many of these as possible. Please send!
The Haiku Foundation Announces Its Touchstone Award Winners for 2016
Well, some of them, anyway. We have had a slight delay in announcing the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award, but will do so very soon. Meanwhile, here’s the list of the Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems 2016:
whale vertebrae drifting from one god to another — Nicholas Klacsanzky, A Hundred Gourds 5.3 November wind the hollow places that form a song — Peter Newton, The Heron’s Nest 18.1 darkness . . . her name slips into it — Dave Read, Acorn 37 last day of summer the taste of the wooden stick inside the ice cream — Katrina Shepherd, The Heron’s Nest 18.4 house clearance room by room by room my mother disappears — Alan Summers, Blithe Spirit 26.1
See the complete list of past winners of both Individual Poem Awards and Distinguished Books Awards in the Touchstone Archives.
Be a part of it — celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day, April 17.