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Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku; tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email Karen or Alan at our joint email address:
We will let you know more about these courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Cities of Green Leaves Ginko-no-Kukai, and International Haiku Competition

As a blogger-inspired initiative to honor the spirit and sacrifices of the people in Japan’s stricken Tohoku region, we are pleased to announce:

Cities of Green Leaves 
May 14 and 15, 2011

We encourage everyone to join in an international nature walk to be held May 14 - 15 followed by an international haiku contest.

image©With Words
artwork by Dave Alderslade

The address to submit your poems will be posted here this third weekend of May

Please return often until then for further updates and poetry.
We look forward to walking with you!

Just a bit more information below as well.

We invite you to walk with us on those days, collaborating with like-minded poets and bloggers in combining their skills and talents, enter your haiku in a peer judged contest, and take the opportunity to offer aid and support to our friends in Japan in a consensus of thought, well wishes and kinetic energies to occur simultaneously around the globe.

It’s no surprise the kukai’s topic will take its cue from Sendai, Japan’s annual Aoba Matsuri Festival, an event held originally to honor the city’s founder, Date Masamune

The date has now become an annual celebration with thousands of visitors, a parade, sparrow dance and tree lined streets as part of the festival each year to rejoice in the arrival of spring’s new greenery and rebirth.

You may choose any place to hold your ginko walk, as long as it holds the attributes to inspire many to compassionate action in the beauty of poetry, and the celebration of the renewing power of nature’s seasons.

Chin P'ing Mei
my sorrowing heart in need
of plum blossom

Alan Summers

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1 comment:

bandit said...

That's lovely, Alan!