The December meeting had a holiday feel as friends gathered to say goodbye to 2009 with haiku and sweet treats. In attendance were Bob, Karel, TJ, Carolyn, Nicholas, David and Johnette. Emma, Juliet, Sakuo, Emiko, Koubushin and Kazuyoshi sent poems to be read at the meeting in their absence.
The three-word haiku assignment was a huge success and even prompted some to write three-syllable haiku and three-letter haiku! Whoa! Now that's a challenge!
Sushi dinner at Kyoto was enjoyed after the meeting.
Haiku is a short, concrete poem of Japanese origin. Haiku in English usually appears as an unrhymed three-line verse. Its use of intense, fragmentary imagery and its stress on rhythm and sound place it in the poetry side of the language spectrum. Though it can be presented on the page in three lines, a haiku structurally consists of two parts with a pause in between. Its power as poetry derives from juxtaposition of the two images and the sense of surprise or revelation that the second image produces. - David Lanoue
Founded in 2002 by Johnette Downing and David Lanoue, the New Orleans Haiku Society meets the third Monday of each month at the Milton Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA. from 6:00-7:45 p.m. to share and discuss haiku. We enjoy sushi dinner after our meetings and regularly host haiku walks (haiku writing events in various locations), guest speakers, haiku readings and parties. The meetings are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring haiku to the meeting to share. Haiku poets of all levels of experience are welcome to attend.
We have published a little book of haiku recounting our experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina. The book is titled Katrina-ku, storm poems; $7.00 plus postage. Please contact Johnette at email@example.com for orders.