Thursday, October 18, 2007

October Meeting Notes

The NOHS October meeting was quite enjoyable. David had just returned from Japan and had participated in a kukai," a "haiku meeting." David commented, "Every kukai is run a little differently. The one that I attended last Saturday in Tokyo went like this: Everyone (about 22 people) submitted one haiku. It was photocopied so that everyone had everyone else's poem. Then, one by one, taking 10-20 minutes per person, we discussed the haiku in-depth. It took all afternoon but was very valuable."

During our NOHS meeting on Monday we conducted a similar event. We copied one haiku from each member in attendance and then discussed each poem in depth, taking turns. The experience was aimed at making each haiku stronger. Here is an example from Karel. The first haiku is her original poem and the second is the result of the group discussion:

hanging
above the square
sounds of children

suspended
above the square
children's laughter

Friday, October 5, 2007

Monthly Meeting - October 2007

The next NOHS monthly meeting will take place on October 15, 2007 from 6:00-7:45 p.m. at the Latter Library on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, LA. Bring some haiku to share at the meeting. A sushi dinner at Kyoto Restaurant will follow the meeting. Meetings are free, open to the public and open to all forms of haiku.

A Haiku from Carolyn

light descends
trees write
on water

NOHS 5th Year Anniversary Party

The New Orleans Haiku Society celebrated its 5th Year Anniversary at the Latter Library on September 29, 2007. Proceeds from the sale of Katrina-ku, storm poems were donated to Arts a la Carte, an organization dedicated to bringing the joy of art into the lives of adults with disabilities.

A New Orleans Haiku Society commemorative booklet of haiku was released at the party to celebrate the event. Beautifully hand-crafted and compiled by David and Juliet, the booklet includes two poems from each NOHS member.

Here is to the next five years!