The Solitary Daisy – Issue 11

fall cools fireweed
blows out blazing pink
to fluffy ashes
-Jaki Sawyer

sunflower gardens
golden heads seeking blue skies
strive for affection
-Honey Novick

driving winter rain
dandelion seed
-Jennifer Ashton

clouds tint the day smooth
gentle rain dampens the pavement
faded petals fall.
-Marjorie Mitchell

heads bowed
with the mourners –
white roses in the sun
-Anna Dean

withered carnations
a friend’s hand on mine
brings comfort
-Michele Rule

Member News

Sally Quon had a good couple of weeks with one haiku accepted by Presence Haiku Journal, two haiku appearing in the BC/Yukon Region Newsletter for Haiku Canada, and three haibun accepted by Café Haiku.
Michele Rule also had two haiku appear in the BC/Yukon Regional Newsletter for Haiku Canada, and one more accepted by Haiku Girl.
We want to hear what you’ve been up to!

Sally’s Notebook

Although I’ve never been one for podcasts, this past Tuesday I impulsively decided to tune in to the Poetry Pea Podcast. This episode deals with the kigo, or cut word. Man, I thought I knew what I was doing when it came to cut words, but as it turns out, I don’t know much at all. By the time I finished the podcast, I was looking at my collection of haiku trying to figure out how to revise it all. I guess the point I’m trying to make here, is no matter how much you think you know about haiku, the more there is to learn. Haiku is full of nuance, and it can take years to absorb it all. Michele and I are both still learning and growing, and we want you to learn and grow right along with us. If there is a topic you specifically want to learn more about, please email your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find someone who does!
Later, the same day, Michele and I had the opportunity to meet with kjmunro, winner of the Borealis Prize for 2023, and membership secretary for Haiku Canada. We met on the patio of the Black Sheep Coffee Bar in beautiful, downtown Kelowna. For the next two hours or so, it was everything haiku. kj had some wonderful suggestions for us and shared some fantastic stories. There were so many things I wanted to ask, but the one thing I did ask was whether she would be willing to participate in an email interview. I hope to have the transcript of that interview ready to share within the next few editions. It was such a fantastic afternoon I would like to extend the invitation to anyone receiving this newsletter, if you are planning on being in Kelowna, please email Michele or I. We would love to meet you.
Finally, in the spirit of learning and growing together, when submitting your haiku to the newsletter, we may reply to you with edit suggestions. This is not a critique as much as it is to help you learn what editors are looking for in Modern English Haiku. We want to see your name in lights! Or at least in bold print of one journal or another. In the meantime, I’ll be tuning in to a lot more podcasts.
Thanks for listening.

Upcoming Deadlines, Openings, and Readings

Contest Deadlines

Classical Poets Haiku Competition – Deadline Sept. 15. This contest requires the entrant to use the traditional form of 5-7-5. Please make sure to read all the information before submitting.
San Francisco International Haiku/Senryu and Tanka – Deadline is Oct. 31. This contest has an entry fee of $1 US/poem
International Katherine Mansfield Haiku Competition– Deadline Sept. 15. One haiku, no fee.


Opportunities to Submit

Closing September 15 – The Heron’s Nest and The Cicada’s Cry
Closing September 25 – Scarlet Dragonfly
Closing September 30 – Presence Haiku Journal and Wales Haiku Journal

Michele’s Lesson

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and while that may be true, a picture plus a haiku is worth even more, and is called a haiga!
Ekphrastic poetry is one of my favourite things to write. An ekphrastic poem takes you into the drawing, painting or photograph, or even piece of music or dance and sculpture, tells you what you see and what you don’t. I like to start with a piece that I know nothing else about and then go back later to see the artist’s statements and see how close my interpretation was to theirs, or what a very different direction I went in. Neither is wrong!
Haiga is a little bit different. Generally only matched with drawings or paintings, there has been a shift to include photographs in modern times. Of course, there are also the limits of length. A haiga doesn’t repeat the images but instead, carries the story forward.
It’s probably easier to show you some haiga rather than keep talking about it!

wisteria scent
drifting on warm zephyr breeze…
i can’t stop neezing
~ Jan Allison

Image Lidia Rozmus
You will notice that the text of the haiku is always included with the art.  The artist and the haijin (haiku writer) can be the same person or it can be a collaboration.
I hope this gives you an idea of what a haiga is and that you will give it a try with this month’s prompt!

Member Contributions

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This Week’s Prompt

Write a haiga to this photo. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

Henry Miller
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