Friday, March 28, 2014

Monthly Meetings

Join the New Orleans Haiku Society for our regular meetings at the Milton Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, on the third Monday of each month from 6:00-7:45 p.m. Bring some haiku to read and share (either your own or from a published book).

Upcoming dates are:

April 21
May 19
June 16
July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15

The meetings are free and open to the public. See you there!

Poppy Herrin wins Honorable Mention


One of our members, Poppy Herrin, received an honorable mention in a contest through Lyrical Passion Poetry (see the link below).
 
 
winter sunrise
the side of me
no one sees

Congratulations Poppy!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

NOHS Monthly Meeting in January

The New Orleans Haiku Society Monthly meeting in January is cancelled due to the library closure for Martin Luther King Day. Meetings will resume on the third Monday of each month beginning Monday, February 17th at 6:00 at the Milton Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans.

Happy New Year Video

Here is a nice New Year video on YouTube created by the Haiku Society of America. Enjoy!


HSA National Meeting in New Orleans Photos

Here are some photos from Haiku Society of America National meeting we hosted at the Milton Latter Library in New Orleans in December 2013.





HSA National Meeting in New Orleans Summary


The main part of the HSA’s 4th Quarterly Meeting was held December 14th at the Latter Library in New Orleans, Louisiana and was attended by a number of poets from Arkansas, Arizona, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana.  The day began with everyone introducing themselves and sharing a haiku.  The introductory haiku were great and reflected the diversity of the group. There was even a "haiku husband" who shared his first haiku during that initial round of reading.
 
Tom Painting's haiku workshop was very effective, proving that everyone “sees” haiku differently and that one can learn more about the form and find inspiration by focusing on which haiku you like and why.  He interacted with each writer there and gave us all tools to use on our own to further develop our haiku writing skills.
 
To celebrate Issa’s 250th birthday year, David Lanoue read some randomly selected Issa haiku for questions and comments.  The group also shared a few of their personal Issa favorites.  We discussed Issa's style and noted how he often talks about animals and bodily functions.
 
Nicholas Sola’s presentation “Haiku and Video Games” went very well and brought with it, a challenge. While there are a few video games that feature haiku, there's a lot of room for improvement. This prompted a discussion about how haiku could be presented in a video game format to encourage young people to learn more about the form. Anyone who knows about kids knows that you sometimes have to gain their initial interest in entertaining ways. It could also be a fun idea for adults, too. Can you imagine playing a video game with your child, grandchild, family, friends, etc. where you have to compose and compare haiku?
 
Most of us ate lunch at Kyoto, a Japanese restaurant a couple of blocks away from where the conference was held. The group enjoyed some more conversation about haiku and got to know a little more about each other.
 
Johnette Downing and Juliet Seer Pazera performed an awesome duet reading of New Orleans inspired haiku while jazzy music softly played in the background. Their haiku complemented each other quite nicely and the jazzy mood just blended it all together beautifully.  We thought they'd been practicing for weeks, but they said afterward they hadn't practiced together at all.  Way to go and be on the same haiku wavelength without even trying, ladies!

Carolyn Graetz's photoku were wonderful.  We enjoyed seeing the pictures from Brazil, listening to the lovely Carolyn talk about her experiences there, and hearing the photo-inspired haiku (which were written and read by members of the New Orleans Haiku Society).  
 
Next, in a total act of spontaneity to help pass the time while we were waiting for Haiku Elvis’ appearance, Dr. Phil Tucker (President of Arkansas Haiku Society) and Howard Gilby sang three brief Irish songs. Beautiful voices! They were terrific!    

Haiku Elvis was fantastic! He makes haiku fun and entertaining. Everybody enjoyed his performance. There was even a local woman who wandered in just for that one event and stayed for the rest of the conference, sharing a few of her own haiku at the end.  David gave her more information about the haiku groups so hopefully we haven’t heard the last of her.

We ended the afternoon with some more haiku reading, going around the room letting each person share one or two haiku at a time. It seemed to be a mixture of everybody's best with a few old favorites and "just written" ones thrown in. An overall amazing haiku experience!  


Poppy Herrin, Baton Rouge, LA

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

NOHS YouTube Haiku Reading

The New Orleans Haiku Society participated in National Haiku Poetry Day. Check out our YouTube Video of readings to celebrate the day -


Monday, October 21, 2013

NOHS on Twitter!


The New Orleans Haiku Society is now on Twitter! Follow and retweet us at:

October Meeting


Meeting Location for October

Our current home base, the Milton Latter Library on St. Charles Avenue, will be closed until November.
 
Our next meeting is Monday 10/21 from 6:00-7:45 p.m., and we will once again meet on the second floor of the Village Coffee Shop at 5335 Freret, on the corner of Freret and Jefferson, in Uptown New Orleans. 

Bring haiku to read and share (either your own or excerpts from a published book). We usually go out to dinner at Origami Restaurant half a block from the coffee shop. 

Meetings are free and open to the public. Group membership is free. 


See you there!

Japan Fest 2013 Community Renga


Japan Fest 2013 Community Renga

A linked verse game of alternating a three line haiku followed by a two line haiku.


Golden Paper

Straight golden paper
One fold at a time becomes
Magnificent crane                                                - MuHanh Truony


Sculpture garden
Dancing with drums                                             -Scott Billington


Beautiful people
Costumes, wigs, alternate lives
Cosplayers abound                                               -Danielle Fontenot


Dancing children laugh
They wonder at everything                                  -Claire Smith


The world a mystery
Endless possibilities
Smile, be happy                                                -Ciarra, Faith


Happier than a flower in the sun
More joyful than a father rejoined with a son            -Bianca Moore


Opening buds
Pop up in tandem
Tinged with yellow gold                                    -Allen Grognet


Found treasure, great and golden
Still poor                                                            -Levon LeBar


Poor in possessions
But rich
In love                                                               -Freida Matschnig


Darkness
One swan                                                            -Johnette Downing


Feather falls on fresh snow
Winter arrives at night
The forest grows silent                                    -anonymous


Forest leaves of spearmint green
Enjoy a dawn breeeeze…                                    -Allen Hammler


Cool, rustling wind
Caresses my smooth face
Fall is coming                                                 -Spoken by Anna Omojola
                                                                        Translated by Briyel McKay




Monday, October 14, 2013

Post Japan Fest 2013

The NOHS participated in Japan Fest 2013 on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The annual festival gets larger and more exciting every year. Here are some photographs from the event.

Scott

Display 1
Display 2
Scott
Table


Laura and Scott

Johnette & Scott
Haiku Magnet board


Ron & his wife
Laura reading haiku to participants
Participant writing haiku on magnet board
Participant writing haiku for our renga
Laura reading haiku to participants
Laura and Samantha "talking up" haiku
Laura and Samantha
Laura, Bob and Samantha

Friday, September 20, 2013

Our New Venue for Meetings: The Village Coffeehouse



Haiku Society of America National Meeting

The New Orleans Haiku Society will host:

The National Meeting of the 
Haiku Society of America 

at the Milton Latter Library
5120 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA

on December 13-15, 2013

Beginning with a Storyville Jazz Walking Tour on December 13th at 3:30, followed by a haiku writing workshop by Tom Painting titled What's Lurking?" on December 14th at 9:15, and ending with a poetry reading by Haiku Elvis on December 15 at 3:00 at the Maple Leaf Bar, this event is sure to add a little groove to the haiku world.

More information to follow.


Congratulations David!!!

The New Orleans Haiku Society would like to congratulate our cofounder David Lanoue for being elected as the President of the Haiku Society of America!!! Few people are as dedicated to haiku as David; therefore, this honor is greatly deserved.

For more information on the Haiku Society of America, please visit

http://www.hsa-haiku.org/

Go Pres!




Meeting Location for October

Our home base, the Milton Latter Library on St. Charles Avenue, will be closed until November.
 
Our next meeting is Monday 10/21 from 6:00-7:45 p.m., and we will once again meet on the second floor of the Village Coffee Shop at 5335 Freret, on the corner of Freret and Jefferson, in Uptown New Orleans. 

Bring haiku to read and share (either your own or excerpts from a published book). We usually go out to dinner at Origami Restaurant half a block from the coffee shop. 

Meetings are free and open to the public. Group membership is free. 


See you there!

Japan Fest 2013!

The New Orleans Haiku Society will participate in Japan Fest again this year with a haiku information and activity table. Come by and haiku with us!

Japan Fest

New Orleans Museum of Art

October 12, 2013

10:00-4:00

City Park, New Orleans, LA

Monday, May 6, 2013

Issa de Mayo

On May 5, 2013, members of the New Orleans Haiku Society celebrated Issa's 250th birth anniversary with a picnic at the Labyrinth in Audubon Park. Issa was born on the fifth day of Fifth Month in 1763, which equates to June 15, 1763, on the Western calendar. Nevertheless, we have a tradition of celebrating Issa's birthday on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), and this year was no exception.


Nicholas brought cupcakes appropriate to the occasion: frogs with sombreros.



A lovely spring day, perfect for haiku writing and, for Bob, flute playing.



Monday, January 21, 2013

party pic

Annual Party

Members of the New Orleans Haiku Society gathered at the house of co-founder Johnette Downing for our annual party: a celebration of haiku, good food, libations, games and a white elephant gift exchange (a practice that we picked up at the Haiku Society of America South meetings: people draw numbers and choose their gifts from a table in that order, with the stipulation that a gift can be "stolen" up to three times). We had much fun, and even managed to devote some time to a few serious matters: (1) preparations for the public reading that we will sponsor of the second annual National Haiku Poetry Day on April 17, and (2) discussion of the HSA meeting that we will host on the weekend of December 7-8. If you feel like visiting New Orleans next December (the weather is usually lovely!), come on down!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

JAPANFEST 2012

On October 20th, 2012, members of the New Orleans Haiku Society manned an informational table at the annual Japanfest. In addition to passing out information about the group and about haiku, we invited everyone who visited our table to participate in a haiku contest. In the days after the festival, NOHS poets read all the entries and judged them. The results are below. The top three winners in both categories will receive haiku books.

CATEGORY 1: Under 18

FIRST PLACE:

touch me--
the sparkle of your pale skin
in the light of night

--Jei Vu

SECOND PLACE:

a thousand sounds
death of hearing
setsunai

--Kaylyn Smith

THIRD PLACE:

movement in the leaves
a leap, a yowl, fluttered wings
the cat missed again

--Betsy Hogan


CATEGORY 2: 18 and Over

FIRST PLACE:

a moon-pale woman's
parasol obscures the clouds
Orion's rising

--Mark Folse

SECOND PLACE:

a gentle breeze
water's edge
ripple

--Michael Vogt

THIRD PLACE:

breathing in the light
while living in the dark
we find eternal rest

--Jade Dedeaux

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all participants!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

NOHS Monthly Meeting - June 2012

Join us at the Latter Library on June 18, 2012 from 6:00-7:45 for the regular monthly meeting of the New Orleans Haiku Society. Bring haiku to share with the group and feel free to join us for sushi dinner after the meeting a few blocks away at Kyoto Restaurant on Prytania Street.

Happy in haiku!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Shokan Tadashi Kondo Visit in March


We are thrilled to report that international renku master Shokan Tadashi Kondo will visit New Orleans in March.






Monday, March 19. 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. He will attend the regular monthly meeting of the New Orleans Haiku Society as our special guest reader. He will talk about renku informally and participate in our sharing and critique of haiku. 5120 St. Charles Avenue. This meeting is open to the public.

Wednesday, March 21. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. He will give a talk at Xavier University of Louisiana on "A Brief History of Haiku and Renku." NCF Academic Science Building, Room 173. This lecture, sponsored by the Xavier English Department, is open to Xavier students, faculty, staff and to the general public.

Sunday, March 25. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. "Renku Seminar: Form and Practice." He will lead a workshop to write a short form of renku. All are invited. Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Japan Fest a Great Success!

On October 8, 2011, members of the New Orleans Haiku Society manned an informational table at Japan Fest, held in the New Orleans Museum of Art. We set up our post in the medeival art room, surrounded by beautiful religious works of art. This year, we decided to sponsor a haiku contest, the winners of which would receive a haiku book in the mail. We had two categories: children under 18 and adults. For the children's category we had ten entries; for the adults' we had twenty-five. Members read all of the entries and voted online. There were so many fine haiku, it was a difficult decision to make, but somehow we managed to pick these two winners:

THE UNDER 18 WINNER IS...

golden beaches
lovely sand flowers
shark waters
--Je'on Domingue

THE ADULT WINNER IS...

morning crescent moon
smile white in Pueblo sky
reminds me to call
--Mark Folse

Congratulations to Je'on and Mark, and thank you, all participants! Maybe we'll see some of you at a future meeting (third Monday of the month, 6 p.m., Latter Library!).

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NOHS Monthly Meetings - June 2011

Love haiku? Want to learn more about haiku? Are you a haiku groupie? So are we!

Join us for the next meeting of the New Orleans Haiku Society on June 20, 2011 from 6:00-7:45 at the Milton Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA. The meetings are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring haiku to share with the group. Or bring a book of your favorite haiku to share.

Dinner at Kyoto Restaurant on Prytania follows the meeting.

Maple Leaf Bar Poetry Reading

On Sunday, May 22, 2011, the NOHS were guest poets at the weekly Maple Leaf Bar Poetry Readings on Oak Street in New Orleans, LA as part of the closing activites of the Haiku Society of America's Southern quarterly meeting. Visiting haiku poets from Georgia and Arkansas joined the ensemble for an enjoyable afternoon of haiku.

Thanks Nancy for your continued service and passion for poetry as the host of the Maple Leaf Bar Poetry Readings for numerous years and thanks for inviting us to read.

Friday, April 22, 2011

HSA South Meeting Agenda

Haiku Society of America South Region Conference

May 21-22, 2011.


Friday, May 20. There is no official activity, but all participants are invited to meet in the French Quarter for drinks and dinner, 7:00 p.m., restaurant TBA.

Saturday, May 21. The conference will be held in the Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue.

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome: a haiku read-around
10:30 – 11:45 Tom Painting, "What's Lurking?" a workshop
11:45 – 12:45 Juliet Seer Pazera, "Tarot Haiku"
1:00 – 2:15 Lunch at Kyoto Restaurant, 4920 Prytania Street
2:30 – 3:30 Carlos Colon and Johnette Downing, "Haiku Jazz Duet"
3:30 – 4:00 Johnye Strickland, "HSA South Business"
4:00 – 5:00 Chibi, "Interactive Renku with Skype"

All participants are invited to dinner and a party at David Lanoue’s house, 7:00 p.m., provided by the New Orleans Haiku Society. At the party, we plan to play a game of “Evil Santa”: everyone brings a present (under $20) and the game will begin!

Sunday, May 22. Haiku Walk and Kukai in Audubon Park. We’ll meet at 11:00 a.m. at the fountain on the St. Charles Avenue side of the park. After walking and writing haiku for an hour, we reconvene at the fountain at noon to share our poems. Lunch will follow (we’ll have a list of possible restaurants along the streetcar line). Finally, at 3:00 p.m. (officially, but 3:30 is more realistic), we meet in the courtyard of the Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak Street, for a public reading of haiku by all conference participants.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NOHS on Americas Greatest Otaku!

The New Orleans Haiku Society recently appeared on the hit Japanese Pop culture TV show Americas Greatest Otaku. Check out the video:


http://www.hulu.com/watch/230995/americas-greatest-otaku-big-easy-otaku#s-p1-so-i0

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Congratulations to Karel!




NOHS member Karel Sloan-Boekbinder was recently honored with a Big Easy Tribute to the Classic Arts Award for her work in poetic theatre. In addition, the play that she conceived and co-wrote, Amusing, won multiple awards, including Best Performance, from the American Association of Community Theatre. Way to go, Karel!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Crude Haiku, oil poems

NOHS co-founder Johnette Downing has edited a fund-raising booklet of haiku inspired by the BP oil disaster titled: Crude Haiku, oil poems. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support the coastal restoration and animal preservation and conservation. The booklet (8 pages, side-stapled) contains 34 haiku written by thirteen Louisiana poets with help from Fay Aoyagi, Dennis Holmes (Chibi), Emiko Miyashita, Sakuo Nakamura and Luce Pelletier. on the nautical chart a black rose drops its petals --Fay Aoyagi pre-blackened fish bp marinade --Mary Emma Dutreix Pierson Here is how to order: Send a self-addressed stamped 6x9 envelope with a suggested $5.00 donation (though any amount is welcome) to: Johnette Downing Crude Haiku P. O. Box 13367 New Orleans, LA 70185

Monday, February 28, 2011

HSA South Region Meeting - Other Hotels

In addition to the two hotels that we recommended in an earlier post, see this web page for dozens of bed-and-breakfast possibilities in New Orleans:

http://bedandbreakfast.com/new-orleans-louisiana.html

We hope to see you in New Orleans May 20-22, 2011!

Friday, February 25, 2011

HSA South Region Meeting - Hotels

We've lined up our first two hotel recommendations for the conference, May 20-22. Both are located on streetcar lines, which will make travel to and from the conference site quite easy.

The conference site for Saturday, May 21st, will be the Latter Library at 5120 St. Charles Avenue, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Our first hotel recommendation is on St. Charles Avenue, just walking distance from the conference site or a five-minute streetcar ride: Parkview Guest House, a bed-and-breakfast in a renovated mansion. They are holding rooms for us under the code word, "Haiku Society of America." Call 888-533-0746 before March 20th to reserve a room. The room prices range from $159 to $189 a night, but note that some of the rooms have two beds, which makes it possible for people to share the room and cost, if desired. By New Orleans standards, these prices aren't bad.

Here's their website with pictures:

www.parkviewguesthouse.com

Our second recommendation is farther away but much cheaper. The India House is a hostel located on 124 S. Lopez Street, just a block from Canal and the red streetcar line. To go to the conference site, you would ride the red streetcar toward downtown, then transfer to the green St. Charles streetcar. The ride, taking into account waiting time for the green streetcar, could take the better part of an hour, so an early start would be necessary. But the rooms are nice, the price is low, and the streetcar rides to and from India House provide a nice tour of a lot of New Orleans. They have private rooms--some with private bathrooms, some with shared bathrooms, in the $45 - $55 range. Call 504-821-1904 to reserve your room (and mention the Haiku Society of America). Here's their website:

www.indiahousehostel.com

If these two hotels fill up, just contact me (david1gerard@hotmail.com) and I'll recommend others. It might be difficult to book a room in a large downtown hotel (I've been told that there will be two major conferences downtown that weekend), but New Orleans has lots of small bed-and-breakfast places.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

HSA South Regional Meeting in New Orleans

The NOHS will host the Haiku Society of America's South Regional Conference on May 20-22, 2011. As details become available concerning the program and hotel availability, we will post them here on our blog--so stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NOHS Annual Party

NOHS had it's annual party on January 17, 2011 at Johnette's house. The theme this year was "Haiku Fiesta" in an attempt to warm up January with merriment and haiku. Fiesta goers arrived with "fiesta" haiku ready to read as part of the party haiku assignment. The annual White Elephant gift sharing was a highlight.

February Meeting

The February meeting of the New Orleans Haiku Society was well attended by Juliet, Bob, Allison, Emma, Ed, Nicholas, Karel, T.J., David and Johnette.

Stay tuned for upcoming news about the Haiku Society of America Southeast Regional Meeting which will be hosted by NOHS in May 2011.

Join us for our next monthly meeting scheduled for March 21, 2011 from 6:00-7:45 p.m. at the Milton Latter Library on St. Charles Avenue in NOLA.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Meeting

The NOHS will not host its regular monthly meeting at the Latter Library on January 17, 2011 because the library is closed for MLK holiday. Please join us on February 21, 2011 at 6:00 at the Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NOHS Monthly Meeting - November 2010

We'll be back in our regular meeting spot in the newly renovated Milton Latter Library at 5120 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA on November 15, 2010 from 6:00-7:45 p.m. Sushi dinner at Kyoto Restaurant on Prytania St. begins at 8:00 p.m. Bring some haiku to share at the meetings. Meetings are free and open to the public.

We had an assignment for the November meeting if you wish to participate.

November Assignment

Write a 5-7-5 haiku using "camping with Jesus" somewhere in the poem.

See you there!

NOHS Members Attend the HSA Southern Region Conference


Haiku Society of America - Southern Region Conference

On November 4-5, 2010, five members of the New Orleans Haiku Society attended the Southern Regional Conference of the Haiku Society of America: Allison, Bob, Chibi, David, Juliet and Nicholas. It was a splendid meeting. David gave a workshop on ways to read avant-garde haiku ("Atom Heart Mother" quickly became the weekend's buzz-word). There was also an editing workshop, a haiku walk in woods that emitted dragon-breath steam from deep in the earth, a Japanese-style kukai (a sort of contest/critique session) and, among other highlights, a visit from Haiku Elvis, performed by Carlos Colon.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

NOHS Monthly Meeting - July 2010

The next meeting of the NOHS will take place on July 19, 2010 from 6:00-7:45 p.m. at the Milton Latter Library at 5120 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Bring haiku to share with the group and feel free to join us for sushi dinner afterwards at Kyoto Restaurant on Prytania St. near the library.

4th of July Party

The NOHS celebrated the Fourth of July with a party hosted by David and Kathleen. Part of the festivities included watching a re-run of the New Orleans Saints football team winning the Super Bowl! We got nervous and excited all over again as "Who Dat" fans. There was plenty of yummy food and merriment as well as a "football" renga.

Thanks David and Kathleen for a great party!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

NOHS Monthly Meeting

Our next monthly meeting is scheduled for May 17, 2010 from 6:00-7:45 p.m. at the Milton Latter Library at 5120 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, LA.

The meetings are free and open to the public.

This month we have an assignment. Write a haiku about George Rodrigue's Blue Dog. For more information about the infamous Blue Dog, visit: http://www.georgerodrigue.com/ Bring your Blue Dog haiku to the next meeting to share.

Hope to see you there.

Issa's 10th Year Celebration

Issa's 10th Year Celebration

On May 1st, 2010, members of the New Orleans Haiku Society had a party to honor the tenth anniversary of the Haiku of Kobayashi Issa website. Check out the photos:


http://haikuguy.com/may10.html

Also, feel free to post a comment on the Issa Wall at:

http://haikuguy.com/issa/commentwall.html

Monday, April 26, 2010

Chibi Visits NOHS


On April 12-13 haiku poet Chibi (AKA Dennis) came down from his home in Georgia for a New Orleans visit. Due to schedule conflicts, not many members of the NOHS were able to enjoy his company, but I was one of the lucky two. On the clear, starry evening of April 12th, Chibi and I had a nice dinner at Coop's Place in the French Quarter, after which we claimed a table in the courtyard of Pat O'Briens. There, we wrote a 25-verse "drunken renku"--a true pleasure that was interrupted twice by people going up to Chibi and tugging at his beard, just to see if it was real. Next day, Chibi repeated the renku exercise, this time with NOHS member Juliet and without the inspiration of alcohol or beard-tuggers--resulting in a much more coherent end-product!
Pictured: me and Chibi at Pat O'Briens.
-David Lanoue
And Chibi writes this about his visit:

As to my visit to New Orleans, I met David for dinner at Coops and we ended up drinking and composing "barku/beerku" at Pat O'Brians. David and I talked about kigo in haiku and about our mutual friend and renku master, Professor Shokan Tadashi Kondo which we both have met in Tokyo, Japan. David and I composed a renga which is posted in neworleanshaikusociety yahoo group along with a few night-life photos at Pat's. I was also fortunate to be able to meet Juliet on another day for dinner at Bamboo, a vegetarian resturant in the French Quarter. Juliet and I composed a juunichou over dinner. We talked and ate between composing verse. I had the popular, Abita Strawberry ale and a vegetable quesadilla. I also posted Juliet and my juunichou on the yahoo group.

I was in New Orleans with my wife, Debbie, while she attended a three day conference on disaster management at Tulane. I also went to Audubon Park on the last day of our visit. I took photos of the park including the snowy egret rookery.
-Chibi

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Happy March Birthday Juliet!

Happy April Birthday Bob!

April Haiku Walk

Four members of the NOHS went on a haiku walk in Algiers Point on Sunday, April 18, 2010 from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. The "walk" included a "ride," a ferry ride across the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Algiers. In attendance were Kathleen, Juliet, David and Johnette. The quartet walked along the levee, down the Jazz Walk of Fame and through Riverfest, a festival that was going on providing a sound scape of Jazz to inspire poets. We shared our haiku and had lunch at the Dry Dock Cafe and then boarded the ferry back across the River to New Orleans. The escape from New Orleans, though not far away, provided a nice view of our beloved City. We parted ways at Decatur Street where Juliet began her journey home on foot, and Kathleen, David and Johnette took the streetcar to their respective homes. It was beautiful day to be outdoors and to write and share haiku with friends.

April 2010 Meeting Notes

It was a fine meeting, I thought. Nice to see two new people come in: David and Allison. David is quite a quick composer, writing haiku on the spot. And Allison, coming from the 5-7-5 school, has a masterful and sensitive way with words. I hope that we'll be seeing more of both of them.

We shared and discussed the haiku that Sakuo sent us from him and his friends Tomiko and Koubushin.

-David Lanoue

Thursday, April 1, 2010

NOHS Monthly Meeting - April 2010

Put some "spring" into your step and join us for our spring haiku meeting on April 19, 2010 from 6:00-7:45 p.m. at the Milton Latter Library at 5120 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA. We welcome haiku poets of all levels and the meetings are free and open to the public. Bring some of your own haiku to share or bring a book of haiku from which to read. You won't want to miss dinner at Kyoto Restaurant afterwards.

See you there!

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!

Here are a few ways you can celebrate poetry this month:

1) read poetry alone or with friends
2) attend a poetry reading
3) participate in a poetry reading
4) purchase or check out books of poetry to support poets and the art of poetry
5) write poetry
6) join a poetry group
7) join a poetry organization
8) attend a poetry conference
9) host a poetry party or event
10) share poetry with children or the elderly
11) attend a poetry party or event
12) subscribe to poetry journals and magazines
13) subscribe to online poetry journals and magazines
14) share and promote poetry on social networking sites
15) send a poet chocolate...(did I say that out loud? Hmmm.)

NOHS Annual Party

We had our annual NOHS party in March instead of January this year. March is our anniversary month, making the NOHS eight years old! Hurrah!

The party was hosted on March 20, 2010 by Johnette at her house and in attendance were Karel, T.J., Leo, Bob, Nicholas, Juliet, Emma, Ed, Kathleen, David and Johnette. The party began with two games; one was a party renga (which will be posted on the Blog later) and the second was a "who wrote this haiku" guessing game. Each participant wrote an anonymous haiku on an index card and placed the card in a bowl. The haiku were then taken out of the bowl one at a time and read. At the end of the reading, participants had to guess the author of each haiku.

Plenty of food, drink, haiku reading and merriment were shared throughout the evening. The party ended with the annual "White Elephant" gift exchange game.

Feel free to view some of the photos David took during the party at http://haikuguy.com/mar10.html


March Meeting Notes

The March meeting of the NOHS on March 15, 2010 was short, but sweet. In attendance were Bob, Nicholas, Juliet, David and Johnette. David and Juliet shared a drinking renga they had written one night in a bar. Bob shared some haiku about purging clutter from his house, Nicholas shared some of his famous "death-ku" and Johnette shared some St. Patrick's parade-ku. Ironically, despite the drinking renga and the St. Patrick's Day parade haiku, the group's creativity seemed to be dry this month making the meeting shorter than usual; therefore, the group headed over to Kyoto for a sushi dinner and a little inspiration.

Join us for the next meeting on April 19, 2010 from 6:00-7:45 p.m.