I am currently sitting in a Cafe Ladro coffee shop, across from the Seattle Art Museum, where Haiku poets are checking out the free exhibits... I lost a bunch of poets already at Pike Place Market. I love that people just want to do what they want, and explore Seattle as they see fit.
This morning I went to a great talk by Jim Kacian about the history of one line haiku in practice. It was a great discussion and enlightening, especially for those who don't even realize they're writing great one line haiku, and forcing it to three lines for form's sake. I heard Penny Harter say in the Canadian Haiku Panel discussion later this afternoon say something along the lines of "it's a genre, not necessarily a form." Jim's discussion was a good one. Richard Gilbert asked a question having to do with the generation (me!) who likes to be plugged in and text, tweet and post in short bursts. Can their short tweets be constructed into a type of haiku that has yet to be defined? Is this the future of haiku? I don't know the answer to that- I do acknowledge that I prefer to do short postings and such on FB and Twitter vs. the longer blog posts. I like to get my views and questions out in small bursts and engage a conversation before writing long posts on other topics. But here I am writing a long post!
Next, I went to a talk by Richard Tice. He was discussing place in Haiku. He had translated some poems from the Japanese to English, and discussed place specifically. He asked some great questions about when we speak about place in English language haiku. Do we acknowledge place names in American English haiku? Place can be brought up in haiku the following ways: presentation,
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