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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.

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Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Thoughtful Raven - haibun (haiku+prose) - after Ted Hughes and The Thought Fox - Kurt Jackson and The Thoughtful Raven (Charcoal and ink sketch 2007) - ekphrastic poem | haiku | haibun

The Thoughtful Raven
after Ted Hughes, and Kurt Jackson

The raven grows out of swift strokes in a moment of midnight: 

Corvid, sublingual, 
in sixty-five vocalisations of its kind, 

from worms to whales; battlefield and gibbet; 
to an excarnation platform; 
the raven’s thought of food is foremost.

The requiem bird is a shark of the wind.

the fox’s bark
for a moment
after echoes

There are stars and stars and stars
and the raven thoughtful in its field.

The bird is glossed in purple, green and blue,
its call blunt with primary colour; 
wind and rain; and hourglass grains 

cemetary stone
digger bees emerge
from letters

as stars lose focus in morning light 
God is in the detail of ripples of silence
inside the caw

a knuckle in blue jeans ripped
while a smell of white forms
    out of granular dark

the writer is chugging ink
from a forearm to fingers to nib, 
the raven is done for the night.

rabbit dusk
goldfinches vibrate
across teasels

The haibun is influenced by:

Ted Hughes
The Thought-Fox
From The Hawk in the Rain 1957


Kurt Jackson RWA
Thoughtful Raven, November 2006
Pencil and ink (25cm x 24cm)

The Thoughtful Raven©Alan Summers

Publication Credit: Blithe Spirit 26.4 winter issue haibun 
Anthology Credit:   The New English Verse: An International Anthology of Poetry
ed. Suzie Palmer ISBN: 9789385945694 Cyberwit 2017

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition for Grades 7-12

Deadline: In hand by March 25, 2017. Entries received after that date will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Any student in grades 7 through 12 enrolled in school as of September 2016 may enter.

Regulations: Submit up to three haiku per student. 
All haiku or senryu must be previously unpublished, original work, and not entered in any other contest or submitted elsewhere for publication. Please follow the guidelines carefully. Publication is defined as an appearance in a printed book, magazine, or journal (sold or given away), or in any online journal that presents edited periodic content. The appearance of poems in online discussion lists or personal websites is not considered publication. Judges will be asked to disqualify any haiku that they have seen before.
By entering the contest, you are granting permission for the Nicholas A. Virgilio Haiku Association and Haiku Society of America to print the award haiku and/or senryu on the Web.
ALSO, by entering the contest you are granting permission for the Nicholas A. Virgilio Haiku Association to print your poem in any possible future haiku anthologies sponsored by NVHA. Contestants may opt out of publication by emailing <>. 
New Online Submissions:
The NVHA & HSA have implemented a new online web submission process to simplify entries in the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition. We STRONGLY encourage all submissions online but will still accept paper submissions this year during the transition. 
Go to online entry form:
Contest page: 

History and Purpose of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association

Mission Statement

To promote the creative and spiritual exercise of writing haiku and other poetry by all - and especially by young people- as a way to encourage literacy, appreciation of nature and human nature, and the value of connected community. Also, to further the work and poetry of Camden's son, Nick Virgilio on our own and in partnership with academic, civic, cultural and other institutions and their resources.