As haikuists, we should live in the moment. We capture the moment in our haiku. Memory also plays a role in haiku, as we live in the present, but at the same time, we are reminded of past moments that we can write about.
This winter in the Midwestern U.S. has not been particularly brutal, mainly just cold. But as I get older, even milder winters sometimes get bothersome. It’s actually “spring-like” in the Midwest now, already in March! It’s pleasantly cool in the 40s, (unusual), and in the past week, we’ve seen weather in the high 50s and even low 60s. I awake each morning and hear birds in the trees, though the branches are still bare.
Those of you who read The Daily Haiku regularly, know that I’ve been pretty consistent in running winter images throughout these past few months. But, I am getting tired of winter images, so I will distance myself from them. You’ll be reading “warmer” images from now on. After a long winter, as many of you–though not all my followers– have experienced, we need something to look forward to.
On another note, those of you who are teachers, please don’t forget to have your students enter the student-haiku contest, jointly sponsored by the Haiku Society of America and the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association (Websites: http://www.hsa-haiku.org and nickvirgiliohaiku.org). I have written about this before, and the deadline of March 25 is fast approaching. This is one of the Haiku Society’s most popular contests with the most entries. Kids love the recognition of winning, and they really seek out this contest.
And teachers, familiarize yourselves with the true nature of haiku, so you can be good mentors in teaching your students. There are several instructional posts about haiku on my blog and interviews with haiku poets. Also, you can log onto the Haiku Society of America website as noted above, and the website of The Haiku Foundation for instructional resources.(www.thehaikufoundation.org).
Further, my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, also includes lesson plans, outlines, activities, and homework assignments for teachers to use.
Tom Painting, a haiku author and teacher, recently wrote this review of my book:
A rich resource for teachers. Concise and accessible definitions of haiku and senryu. The material is wonderfully delivered and accessible to even student-poets. Loaded with examples and explanations. Just enough history for a foundation, and a fine dose of encouragement for the aspiring.
Check it out!
And, those of you in the Chicago area, don’t forget to attend my haiku/senryu presentation & workshop at Poetry Fest, to be held at the Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St., Saturday April 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Incidentally, the Library will feature an exhibit of my haiku the entire month of April, which is National Poetry Month.
And, if you don’t live near Chicago, chances are good that since it is National Poetry Month in April, there will be haiku workshops and programs somewhere close to where you live. Haiku programs and workshops are becoming very popular, as more and more poets become haikuists.
With all the doings in haiku and senryu, there are enough opportunities for everyone to join in.
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.