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New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: haiga
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:06:13 PM »
Enjoy!  8)

Please continue the journey format of including four poems in each post: three prior and the new addition. This makes it much easier to follow the sequence with a new poem (without hunting down the prior posts on prior pages)  :)

Thank you.

Tracy and Nicole. Please revise your posts to include the three prior poems - four total including yours. Thank you.


New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Suggestions and Feedback
« on: June 04, 2014, 10:57:59 PM »
Do we have a lot of members posting tanka? Would there be a following? It's something to ponder, that's for sure?

In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: haiku now results
« on: June 04, 2014, 10:53:30 PM »
snowflakes falling
on the child’s upturned face
the stillness of stars

john hawkhead

While this haiku doesn't conform exactly with the 575 suggested meter, it is a beautiful example of a traditional haiku. It is missing the kire-ji but not a kire (imho). It is slightly off meter, but Basho frequented the idea of meter variance. He wrote to his student Biji, that if there is a forced choice between meter and content, the content is what counts (paraphrase, but an accurate interpretation from memory).

I think we should keep our eyes on the quality of the poems and not the exacting enforcement of rules. Each judge has a fair amount of "license" to pick the best haiku. That includes considering a variation to the rules/guides as Basho would also suggest.

I'm pondering a few ways to re-write the instructions so that it becomes clearer for next year's competition. I'll forward some ideas to Jim Kacian for consideration.

Thanks for bringing up your concerns, however. I know that it is extremely important to Jim, as it is to the contestants, to maintain the most appropriate and fair contest possible.

I'll keep you posted.



Other Haiku News / Haiga Exchange
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:13:27 PM »
Haiga Exchange is live now and ready for poets to post "only haiga" - art/photos with haiku, combined. Jim Kacian will blog about this in the next couple of days.  In the meantime, enjoy.


forces or fate
either way   
it is written


…ten times     ("written", the ending word is missing as the beginning word here, :), don )
a butterfly finds
the big O

Alan Summers

"O Captain!
My Captain!" he whispers
-- dropped lollypop

lollypop -
the unique sound
of sugar

New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Cut On L3?
« on: May 19, 2014, 10:19:24 AM »
I agree - haiku that read like sentences seem to have less impact than the ones "cut" - in half. The idea of cutting was/is to split the poem in two so that an image, through comparison/juxtaposition/disjunction can arise in the reader's mind. Without a cut, it seems not to happen. However, a study of the Japanese tradition of cutting, using a kire-ji as the last word of a hokku/haiku is an interesting one, though not entirely translatable into haiku-in-English practices.

If you would like to know more about this kana practice, send Gabi a private IM and query her a bit (facebook). She has a solid background in the concept and might be of greater help than I (she speaks and writes Japanese, German, and English).   8)


New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Cut On L3?
« on: May 17, 2014, 11:42:01 AM »
Hi Tristan,

A cut often used at the end of a Japanese haiku/hokku is kana, one of the many Japanese cut words. Read Basho poems to see it. I'll find a few when I have a moment.

In the meantime, explore cutting at the end of your poem.  It is unique and another way to go. Also, a haiku is considered cut from time and space automatically - sort of extracted from the moment at hand - pulled out from itself in a way:

teetering grass . . .
just moments ago
a dragofly

... could read,

—teetering grass ...
just moments ago
a dragonfly—

You see, kind of extracted from where it is to sudden awareness by the observer.  "It has always been there but now it has been noticed which neatly pulls it forward from its surroundings."

—oh snail!
you were there

This might be a way to show a few of the different cuts that the Japanese "know" are there (traditionally). This is something I have been pondering for awhile and came up with the thought of actually revealing the cut in front and at the end of the poem, both.  I included a few in my latest book, Haiku - the Interior and Exterior of Being - to be released this month.

Anyway, gotta run.  Enjoy!!!


New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: haiga
« on: May 17, 2014, 11:06:09 AM »
You're very welcome! Enjoy! (And, let friends of yours know)   8)

New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: haiga
« on: May 16, 2014, 09:31:32 PM »
Hi Grace,

Thanks so much for your inquiry.  We all appreciate your interest.  Yes!  The answer is yes.  We are theorizing/developing it now and will keep you posted.  We have simple things to do such as name it, write up its introduction, set up the board, and such things.  As soon as we have much of this put together, we will open the board.

Keep a watch for it.

Thanks again for your enthusiasm!


Other Haiku News / Haiku Registry
« on: April 24, 2014, 08:17:48 AM »
Good day to all!  A heads up:

If you haven't joined in the Haiku Registry, please do so soon!  Jot out a succinct bio; bring along a few published haiku; and, share with us what books you have written.  It's a terrific opportunity to ground yourself in the world of haiku poets!




Other Haiku News / Presents of Mind - Jim Kacian and Group
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:31:38 PM »
This is a one of a kind performance of Jim's book Presents of Mind.  English, Japanese, and shakuhachi performance of excellence.  Read the background information on the book and the recording.  Enjoy!


Field Notes / Re: Field Notes 5: Criticism
« on: March 04, 2014, 12:19:58 AM »
I would greatly appreciate keeping the topic "on topic" and in particular, to refrain from personal attacks and/or sarcasm.  I understand that it can be quite easy to become a bit riled up in the heady game of differing opinions.  But, honestly, we cannot (and shouldn't) "go there".

The posts have been amazing; your opinions have been carefully structured and well thought out.  And, I'm positive that the folks following along are enjoying your diverse opinions and posits - enough for someone to ponder for years (already).

Thank you all for the tremendous efforts you have offered.  But, lets rein in just a bit to keep this at the professional level we're used to.

Thank you,

Peace . . .


Journal Announcements / Under the Basho Journal - 2014
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:55:29 PM »
Under the Basho is now an organic journal that develops its content as the year proceeds. Poet by poet, poem by poem, the journal will grow and develop - its voice will evolve as the year continues. 

The opening date for submissions is March 1st and remains open until November 15th, 2014. December 1st of each year will be considered our formal publication date (an Annual Journal). Submissions will be handled by our editors as they come in; the poems finding their way into acceptance or rejection. Please submit up to 10 poems in each category.  Once we accept poems from you in a particular division (regardless of the number), you cannot submit to that one again until the following issue - next year.  However, you may submit haiku to another division that you have not yet been accepted.

Visit frequently to savor Under the Basho's unfolding.

We have brand new posts in Stand-Alone Hokku, Concrete Haiku, and a Poet's Voice Feature (recorded).  Drop by and begin to follow along - a year of development, growth, and wonderful poetry.

This is just the beginning.  Join in as readers; join in with your submissions.



Journal Announcements / Re: Living Haiku Anthology - 2014
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:42:45 PM »
For poets who are currently represented in the Living Haiku Anthology, we now offer an opportunity to post a voice recording of you reading your poems.  Please record them in a quiet area.  Cell phones do a great job or you can put a mic on your computer and record.  Read your poems in the same order as on your page.  Leave at least ten seconds of silence at the beginning and also between poems.  I can master it easier that way.  Send them to me at [email protected]

Join in!

If you haven't been featured in the Anthology as of yet, please feel free to submit your best published poems.  We'll take a look and go from there.  Again, send them to me at [email protected].  Thanks.

We are well over 2000 poems and growing.  Come by, take a look and join in.


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