The haiku community has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with many opportunities to create and share work on and about our current crisis and the ways we are meeting it. A new such initiative is being offered by Scott Mason, author of The Wonder Code. He writes,
Haiku poet/editor/author Scott Mason is soliciting haiku, haibun and/or haiga for a book to be titled The Haiku Hecameron, very loosely modeled after Boccaccio’s The Decameron, a collection of stories told by a group of ten young women and men who had retreated to a villa in the Tuscan countryside to escape a 14th century plague. The Haiku Hecameron will be comprised of work from one hundred haiku poets worldwide and created not in the spirit of retreat or escapism but one of a return to, and re-connection with, the everyday wonders that continue to surround us, even in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, featured works will result from the haikai spirit of gratitude for the everyday things or happenings that remain good or hopeful in the world. Submission deadline is April 17th, International Haiku Poetry Day. For Submission Guidelines email Scott with the subject line “Hecameron Guidelines”.