The blog of Alan Summers, Recipient of the Japan Times Award (2002) and owner of With Words, a UK provider of literature, education and literacy projects, often based around the Japanese genres.
For events and workshops for families, children, and schools contact us through our With Words website: With Words.
Online internet courses by Call of the Page
Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku (beginner and intermediate, and advanced). We also run workshops and courses on tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to know more about these and our other courses.
Pulse—voices from the heart of medicine (inaugural haiku,
a thousand flying foxes
quarter the moon
Haiku World: An International
Poetry Almanac ed. William Higginson (Kodansha International 1996); The
Heron’s Nest Volume X, Number 4 (December, 2008 Celebrating Bill
down side streets -
gulls turning the sky
in and out
Publications credits: Presence
10 (1999); The New Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2002); seagull haiku blog collection
ed. laryalee fraser (2006); The Disjunctive Dragonfly, a New Approach to
English-Language Haiku by Richard Gilbert (Red Moon Press 2012) [Elemental
Animism p80]; Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. Ed. Jim Kacian, Allan
Burns & Philip Rowland (W. W. Norton & Company 2013)
Award Credit: Haiku Presence webpage Editor's Choice 5
in the river reflection
he watches himself
watch the sunset
paper wasp (spring/oct 1997); Haiku Enlightenment, Gabriel Rosenstock
(Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009) ISBN (10): 1-4438-0521-1, ISBN (13):
Page 54: There is a relaxed
feeling of lightness – karumi – in the above haiku, employing everyday syntax
and easily recognised imagery. Karumi became Basho’s ideal in the final phase
of his development. Gabriel Rosenstock
into his overcoat
the winter sky
Publications credits: Still
Award credits: Runner up, still magazine haiku competition (1998)
malibu sunset -
a disposable camera
lifted to the birds
Publications credits: In Buddha’s Temple (March 2002)
Award credits: 2nd Place, In Buddha’s Temple (2002)
misted over river
the Humber Bridge
links to Heaven
Publications credits:haijinxvolume IV, issue 1(2011)
We have a wonderful group of people that have booked up, with some more enquiries that Claridge House are answering. Look forward to seeing everyone over tea/coffee and biscuits (plus a wider range of hot refreshments, cordials etc...) when we all meet up for the first time, and first day of the weekend course.
Residential Week-end Course just outside London:
The Holistic Approach to haiku: self-development through poetry with Alan Summers
Friday to Sunday 21st- 23rd February 2014
Dormans Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6QH
Registered Charity no. 228102.
You can phone Claridge House to ask about the course, and they'll have an info sheet I designed for them, so they can answer your questions about haiku poetry:
0845 345 7281
01342 832 150
A friendly inclusive course that finds out just what makes a haiku poem really tick. We'll look at how our experiences, both external and spiritual, can become haiku, and act as important records of our life.
There will be time for plenty of one-to-one feedback, and group discussions with lots of time for questions.
Plus there will be a debut of a number of new approaches to haiku to help both newcomers and those still learning. A lot has happened with haiku in the last handful of years, and I'll show how we keep the traditional form but in Japanese style update it at the same time.
We'll also check out the popular new Yotsumonos derived from Chinese puzzle-poems for fun, and finish the course with the ever popular linked verse poem called renga.
meal breaks, rest breaks, tea, coffee and scrumptious cake and biscuit breaks, oh you lucky people, the food and refreshments are out of this world and available for those who are non-gluten, non-wheat, non-dairy, and vegetarian and vegan diets.