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Flattening the Curve – the poetry pandemic continues

April 6, 2020

One of the ways I’ve been keeping connected with friends while staying apart is through sharing haiku (and getting together through video chats). Here are a few pandemic-inspired haiku from poets in Canada, Croatia, the USA and UK.

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– Djurdja Vukelić-Rožić

empty streets
feeling the warmth
of spring sun

– Carole MacRury

lining her new home
with stolen tissue
momma squirrel

– Grant D. Savage

corona virus –
the magpies build nests
just the same

– Juliet Wilson

social distancing
kites spread out
across the sky

– Jacquie Pearce

the tiny buds
I wouldn’t have noticed
shelter in place

– Deborah P Kolodji

masked up
my glasses fog
defog

– Alan S. Bridges

girls’ night out
clinking wine glasses
through a computer screen

– Jacquie Pearce

waiting
for the curve to flatten . . .
cherry blossoms

 – Terry Ann Carter

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More pandemic poetry here:

Borders: Real and Imagined (guest post by haiku poet Carole MacRury)

Poetry Pandemic (haiku)

An Abundance of Caution (a longer poem by haiku poet Michael Dylan Welch)

Ways to enjoy the cherry blossoms while social distancing:

Virtual community events through the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (including international haiku contest)

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blog

Virtual cherry blossom walk around the Historic Joy Kogawa House neighbourhood (Marpole, Vancouver), with haiku by Sally Ito

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Breaking the ice (haiku reading and upcoming workshops)

February 5, 2017

For the month of February (which is National Haiku Writing Month), I’m partnering with Vancouver’s Joy Kogawa House to celebrate haiku with events leading up to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Last night, I was joined by other members of the Vancouver Haiku Group, as well as visiting poet Carole Glasser Langille, to kick off the month with a reading of prose, haiku and other poetry.

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The weather was more wintery than I expected when I picked the theme (there were more hints of spring in Vancouver by this time last year), but despite the snow, the house was full, and by the end of the evening we’d fully moved into the spirit of spring.

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Cherry preserves in anticipation of the blossoms to come . . .

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In partnership with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF), renowned haiku poet Michael Dylan Welch (from Sammamish, Washington) will be teaching a “How to Haiku” workshop at the Terry Salman branch of the Vancouver public library February 18. More info on the VCBF site.

I’ll be teaching a “Haiku Secrets: beyond the basics of writing haiku” workshop at Joy Kogawa House on Feb 25 (move away from 5-7-5 and learn how these tiny poems can express powerful experiences in both nature and urban life). More info on the events page of Joy Kogawa House. To register contact info@kogawahouse.com.

Both workshops are followed by an opportunity to decorate a giant koi “scale” with haiku for a koinobori installation at Sakura Days Japan Fair, which will be held at VanDusen Garden April 8-9 (2017). We’ll also be encouraging participants to submit haiku to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival international haiku contest.

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(Above photo courtesy of the VCBF and Powell St. Festival)

 

West Coast winter haiku

December 5, 2016

One thing I actually enjoy about Vancouver’s winter rain and early darkness is the neon reflections.

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(A version of the above photo-haiga was published in the last issue of A Hundred Gourds)

Today, we even got some snow. It’s days like this that I’m happy to work at home.

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