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Other Haiku News / Pushcart Prize nominations!
« Last post by AlanSummers on September 16, 2019, 04:23:07 AM »
Another great haikai journal is now nominating work for the Pushcart Prize!

After two major disasters just before my birthday today, along came two big surprises!

First of all I was thrilled to have a haiku selected for commentaries:
https://haikucommentary.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/alan-summers-riverlight/

And then I receive an email to tell me I'm nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and it's for haibun, and one that was totally rewritten, almost from scratch! More power to revision!
https://www.humankindjournal.org/contrib_alan_summers/issue-14-alan-summers



Plus even better!
FIVE former or regular haiku & haibun participants on Call of the Page online courses also won awards including TWO Pushcart Prize nominations for haibun. I wish I could tell you what personal challenges they've gone through, and continue to go through, with both health, and other issues.  Thank you Human/Kind journal!!!

What a birthday already! :-)

So if you haven't checked out Human/Kind please visit, please consider leaving a lovely comment on someone's poetry page too!

And check out the submissions, as the editors are great, and they look for candidates for the Pushcart Prize, Red Moon anthologies nominations, and also Touchstone nominations!

Alan
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I love to write from direct experience and keep them as they are, without over-tampering. It's a thrill when an actual experience can go into a haiku relatively as it happened!

I am also influenced by art, colour, and history, and some aspects of this, plus a nod to two famous haiku poets, which about this piece called The After Party:
https://weirdlaburnum.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/the-after-party/


Poets are always influenced by other poets, and sometimes we want to acknowledge that in a poem. What better way than to add ‘after …’ as I’ve done here with two well-known haiku poets, as well as the artists Edward Hopper (‘Nighthawks’); and Michael Te Rakato Parekowhai’s He Korero Purakau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river: https://crosseyedpianist.com/2018/12/04/a-grand-artwork-is-a-comment-on-cultural-cross-currents/

warm regards,
Alan

p.s.

Basically, other than experiential work, I constantly explore and re-explore certain artists, certain themes.
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A lot of my haiku come from direct experience or memories of an experience that is somehow prompted by an event in the present, Rich. I therefore used notes facility on my phone to jot down ideas as they arrive. I’m not sure that a lot of what I write cones from reading (although I guess that everything we read gets filed in our head somewhere, whether we like it or not) As a visual artist, sometimes visiting an art exhibition works wonders for me in terms of inspiration, but a walk along the shores of Carlingford Lough around the corner from my home on the east coast of Ireland usually delivers. I read a lot of poetry (other than short form) and sometimes a particular image can trigger a haiku moment. For research purposes and to keep up to date with contemporary haiku I dip into the digital resources here in THF, like Anna, and read all the online journals from around the world. I like both fairly traditional and avant garde haiku.
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Contests and Awards / UHTS 2019 HAIBUN CONTEST
« Last post by light pilgrim on September 10, 2019, 08:02:44 PM »
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ANNUAL UHTS SAMURAI HAIBUN CONTEST ARE OPEN.

The Submission Period and Deadline are 1st September - 15th December. 2019 For further details on how to submit please check the contest guidelines here:

http://unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/contest-submission-guidelines

Please do “not” use the cattails submissions guidelines for contests.

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email and the winning poems will be published with the Judge's commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods, our e-newsletter. To receive a copy of Seedpods, please join UHTS by contacting our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at uhts_secretary@fastmail.co.uk, with the subject heading "UHTS MEMBERSHIP".


Marianna Monaco
UHTS CONTEST COORDINATOR
email: marianna.monaco@gmail.com
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Other Haiku News / Re: Opportunity
« Last post by AlanSummers on September 06, 2019, 08:25:29 AM »
We had a full house! People of all ages (some I encouraged to submit to Lori A Minor's publications as they were now in the 'modern dating scene').

We even had someone from Mainland China! :-) Now that was awesome, talk about distance!

Karen Garvey, the Bristol Museum(s) Events Officer put photos up in real time last night, so catch them at:

https://twitter.com/bristolmuseum

I cannot get over how much hard work went into this event by Kate Newnam, Senior Curator, and Karen Garvey, and the museum crew.

We even had one person from the British Haiku Society attend, which was lovely!

Alan
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Other Haiku News / Re: Opportunity
« Last post by AlanSummers on September 02, 2019, 06:31:43 AM »
Thank you for your contributions of haiku and tanka, you know who you are!  :)

The deadline, due to popularity, has been EXTENDED to Sunday 8th September 2019!  :)

Alan & Karen
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Journal Announcements / new issues of NOON: JOURNAL OF THE SHORT POEM
« Last post by Philip Rowland on August 30, 2019, 01:36:18 AM »
Two new issues of NOON: journal of the short poem (14 and 15) have appeared this month and are available online: see https://noonpoetry.com/issues/ Each issue is arranged as a chain of poems and designed to be read in Issuu book format, full screen mode. Earlier in the year, an anthology of selections from all previous issues was published in print: NOON: An Anthology of Short Poems: see https://isobarpress.com/titles/noon-an-anthology-of-short-poems/. Please consider supporting the journal and the press by ordering a copy of the anthology if you can. Almost half of the contents are haiku or closely related; these 'converse' with other varieties of short poems.

The window for submissions for the next (winter) issue will be November 2019.

All the best,
Philip Rowland
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Other Haiku News / Re: Opportunity
« Last post by AlanSummers on August 27, 2019, 06:35:51 AM »
Lots of great haiku from all over the world but we could do with more tanka too!  ;)

The poem portal will be open at least until Sunday September 1st.
ALL poems will be printed out by the museum for the September 5th evening event!

Alan
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Other Haiku News / Opportunity
« Last post by AlanSummers on August 25, 2019, 08:22:16 AM »
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Haiku: The one breath poetry evening event (with bar) at the Bristol Museum and City Gallery offers an opportunity for those both overseas, and anyone unable to make the physical event.

An opportunity for poets...
There is also an opportunity to submit haiku, senryu or tanka poetry online, based on (or matched to) Bristol Museum & Art Gallery's prints, from wherever in the world you are logging on. We are looking for poems to use as examples during the event, and some may also be selected for possible publication on the museum's website.

Details about the opportunity:
https://www.callofthepage.org/events/haiku-at-bristol-museum/

Look forward to entries!  :)

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