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.

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

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.