Haiku News Interviews
Episode 1: Alan Summers
Interview by Laurence Stacey
We are pleased to present the Haiku News Interview Series. This project will feature monthly interviews with some of the most insightful poets in the haikai community.
The purpose of this project is to chronicle how haikai poets are using their work to engage sociopolitical issues.
Alan Summers is among the most visible poets in the haikai community. Published worldwide, his poetry has been translated into 15 languages, including part of the first Sign Language Renga.
As much a teacher as he is a poet, Alan has been involved in over 100 haikai workshops. He is also the founder of With Words, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literature through workshops and annual events. Alan's work in both the literature community and general public is ensuring that haikai will be appreciated by future generations.
Haiku News is an organisation that publishes authentic haiku that cover the news in an intelligent, engaging, and inclusive atmosphere.
HAIKU NEWS say:
One of the central structures of haiku is the juxtaposition of one “image” (taking up one-line) with another “image” (taking up two-lines). From these two elements meaning is created between the two images, in the spaces between words, in what is not said rather than what is said.
Haiku poetry relies on the reader to contemplate the two images and “unfold” them, rather than simply “read” them.
Because the haiku often relies on juxtaposition there are usually a multiplicity of potential meanings which could be taken from the poem, and the reader plays a part in creating their own “meaning” from the poem.
A good haiku will make the reader a poet, while still relating a deeply private and personal experience.
Haiku by Alan Summers that appear in Haiku News
the names of rain
a blackbird’s subsong
rain on the river–
when does white become
its darkest colour
the practised slice
of a bread knife
long grass nights star systems in the Big Dipper
Laurence Stacey is a 26 year old college student from Powder Springs, Georgia USA. In his spare time, he is an avid student of the martial arts. Laurence is interested in promoting haiku as a teaching medium in grade schools and universities.
- Liam Wilkinson from "Introduction to Haiku News"