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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Dark News - the story of crows and how a simple haiku poem touched people in a good way

Yosa Buson(1716 - 1784) 与謝蕪村

The haiku poem in question:


dark news
the comfort
of crows

Alan Summers
Publication Credit: tiny words 15.1 (March 31st 2015)






From Autumn Noelle Hall 
(Colorado, USA):


Dear Alan,

I just wanted to touch base and tell you that your crow haiku held special meaning for my favorite Aunt and I.  My Uncle passed away last August after battling MDS (a blood disorder wherein the bone marrow stops producing mature cells).  Crows were his favorite birds, a sort of totem animal, if you will.  Since he died, my Aunt has had crows come to her and caw at her in the times she most needed to feel the comfort of her husband's spirit with her.  Yesterday, I sent her your haiku, along with its link, and she was incredibly moved by it.  

Her response:  "How perfect is this haiku!!!"  

It is one thing to be able to touch hundreds of haiku poets around the world; after all, we are familiar with the form and able to connote various meanings from its microscopic distillation.  It is something entirely different when that same small form is able to make so large an impact on someone like my Aunt, who is not exactly an aficionado.

Thank you for adding a special page to her crow journal and for bringing some small comfort into her day.

Autumn

Permission was granted to reproduce the email correspondence.
Dear Alan,

Please pardon my delayed response!  I wanted to first call my Aunt to share your lovely e-mail with her and also ask her if she'd be ok with your posting my e-mail comments on your blog.  She was very touched by everything you wrote and amazed that so much kind awareness and compassion could come to her from a perfect stranger all the way across the ocean.  I told her that is what I love so much about haiku poets, and that you are among the very best, in that regard especially.  She and I are both okay with your posting any comments you wish, and anonymity is not at all a concern.

The story behind your crow haiku is pretty amazing!  I'm so sorry that you were so ill--and very grateful you have recovered!!  But what an amazing thing, to be looked after by a crow like that...

I share your and my Uncle's love of corvids and consider the Raven a totem animal myself.  In American Indian culture, Raven is the light-bringer who gave man fire; he was originally white, but his feather were scorched black when he stole fire from the sun.  In studying and observing crows and ravens, I have learned what remarkable, intelligent birds they are and what beautiful societies they inhabit.  Rather than a Darwinist survival of the fittest, crows and ravens live via mutual aid.  If one locates a carcass, it will recruit as many others as it can to share in the bounty.  This generosity in turn secures the host's chances of being invited to share in the future meals of his kin.  There is even sharing and recruiting amongst and between other corvid species!  I think that is beautiful, and very in keeping with the "give-away" tradition seen across American Indian cultures.  Can you imagine the world we might live in if we materialistic, individualistic white folks could figure out how to adopt and live by those same principles....?

In my meditation practice, I have had many visions in which Raven has taught me something or taken me on some journey.  Once, just before I finally divorced my first husband (after 20 years and 2 kids together), I had a vision in which I stood at the edge of an incredible rock precipice.  I knew I had to jump, and I understood that I would die if I did.  But somehow, I found the courage in the vision to jump anyway.  As soon as I began to fall, the wind rushing past my face, my outreached arms turned to wings, and I was transformed into a raven.  I found myself soaring to even greater heights, far above that same cliff.  I learned that sometimes we have to die to parts of ourself, or parts of our life, in order to be reborn into a higher form of ourselves.  Which seems an important sentiment to remember on Good Friday...

I am so glad I got to share you and your wonderful work with my Aunt.  I believe special people should know about one another's existence in this world!  She thanks you again from the bottom of her heart for adding to the spirit of her Crow journal.

Warmest wishes and blessings for a beautiful Spring,

Autumn


My sincerest and heartfelt thanks to Autumn and Autumn's favorite Aunt! 

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A response from the tinywords page by a highly respected haiku poetry writer:

I read this first thing this morning and it has been with me all day. 

An excellent example of the sheer power that can be captured in the tiniest of poems. 

It is haiku like this one that drew me into the haiku world, and it is haiku like this one that keeps me here, yearning to write . . . haiku like this one.  

Billie Wilson, Alaska USA



Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Highly Commended and Commended Summer Haiku Competition 2015 Entrants



Summer 2014 Red Kite over Buckinghamshire skies by Alan Summers

The Highly Commended and Commended Summer Haiku Competition 2015 Entrants


Highly Commended (6 haiku)

Chad Lee Robinson 
USA

Caroline Gill 
England

Meik Blöttenberger
USA

Julie Warther
USA

Carole Harrison
New South Wale, Australia


Commended (8 haiku)

George Dorsty
USA

Chad Lee Robinson
USA

Ernest Berry
New Zealand

Michele L. Harvey
USA

Helen Buckingham
England

Paul Chambers
Wales

Neal Whitman
USA


The With Words Summer Haiku Competition 2015 Prize-winning entries



The With Words Haiku Book of Summer 


The original details about The With Words Summer Haiku Competition 2015
Red Kite flying over tractor mowing Buckinghamshire fields, making hay by Alan Summers 2014

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Results: Prize-winning entries for The With Words Summer Haiku Competition 2015


The With Words Summer Haiku Competition 2015 Prize-winning entries


Results

Joint 1st Prize


starry night
the Ferris wheel’s engine
softly idling

Chad Lee Robinson
USA


dry thunder
a freight train crosses
the drought

Jan Dobb
Australia


2nd Prize
   
Punch and Judy–
his grip
tightens

Helen Buckingham
England


The With Words Summer Haiku Prize for Unpublished Work

a long line
at the ice cream stand
cracked asphalt

Neal Whitman
USA


The competition allowed for both previously published haiku as well as unpublished work.

For Highly Commended and Commended haiku:
http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-highly-commended-and-commended.html

Details about The With Words Summer Haiku Competition 2015
http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-with-words-summer-competition-2014_14.html
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Monday, February 09, 2015

With Words online internet (long distance) courses in haiku, tanka, and shahai (photography course with haiku and tanka)



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Are you paying for a With Words course?  

You can pay by debit or credit card from any country.  You do not need a PayPal account.

We have our regular monthly online courses:

Haiku £70

Tanka £70

And our new course of photography with haiku or tanka:

Shahai (Haiku or Tanka with Photography) £150

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Thanks for selecting courses by With Words, we all have an amazing time every month!

Please email Karen at: karen@withwords.org.uk if you would like to know more about these named courses, and our other courses from tailored one-to-one courses, or special courses on haibun, and tanka prose, to name but two.

warmest regards,

Karen

Friday, January 23, 2015

Shahai - combining your haiku & your photography (online course)

Early Bird rate extended to February 8th
£140/US$220 if paying by February 8th).
For more information and booking, on this and other forthcoming With Words courses, please email: karen@withwords.org.uk



Shahai - 
combining your haiku & photography
(an online internet course)

The online course starts March 1st, and finishes 1st week of May 2015

Cost:  £150/US$235 
(early bird £140/US$220 if paying by February 8th).


Shahai, sometimes referred to as "photo-haiga" are a modern twist on the Japanese tradition of combining haiku with artwork. 

Because many haiku writers already enjoy photography as part of their creative expression, shahai is an intensively creative and exciting form to explore. Participants may choose to submit either haiku or tanka as the written element of their artworks.


The feedback received during the course includes:
in-depth feedback on the haiku/tanka element from 
Alan Summers (Japan Times award-winning writer and lead tutor in Japanese poetry forms).
constructive, friendly, inclusive and professional critique on photography from Penney Ellis (Photographer, Artist, and Photography Tutor): http://www.photo-sensitive.co.uk

Class size:  5+

Cost:  £150/US$235 
(early bird £140/US$220 if paying by February 8th).

FURTHER INFORMATION/CONTACT:
For more information and booking, on this and other forthcoming With Words courses, please email: karen@withwords.org.uk.

Thank you for your interest.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Happy New Year’s Eve to everyone, and 2015!





Happy New Year’s Eve to everyone!

Wishing you all 
an amazing 2015 fellow humans, and all living creatures!




Kirkstone Pass
a sheepdog gathers
its part of the world

Publication Credit: Muttering Thunder vol. 1, 2014

Kirkstone Pass:




hard frost-
the snail-hammerings
of a song thrush

Publication Credit: Muttering Thunder vol. 1, 2014




after rain midnight dreams a hedgehog

Publication Credit:   brass bell: a haiku journal
curated by Zee Zahava (Monday, September 1, 2014)




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