Sunday, August 17, 2008

August 16, 2008 - Workshop and Kukai

(top, l to r): Lindy Hill, Phyllis Collins, Naia, Janis Lukstein, Deborah P Kolodji, Peggy Castro
(bottom, l to r): Linda Galloway, Miyoko Nakamura (photo by Vic Gendrano)

The air was much cooler in the Blue Room than it was outside as members of the Southern California Haiku Study Group met for their monthly workshop and kukai. During the kigo discussion, "summer olympics," "hot wave," "hating summer," "crepe myrtle blossoms," "cabbage whites," and "blooming hibiscus" were among the suggested season words for the writing session.

Top scorers from the kukai include:

something naive
about that hibiscus
in all its yellow glory

- Peggy Castro

bruised fruit hangs
from the plum tree -
summer's end

- Lindy Hill

cheap hot dogs
and sand in my shoes -
hating summer

- Linda Galloway

the ink-stained koi
wiggles its tail,
writes its own haiku

- Phyllis Collins

The above the tree line anthology reading will take place next week on Sunday, August 24th, starting at 2:00 p.m. It will be in the Japanese Gallery.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, September 20th. It will start an hour earlier, at 1:00 p.m., because Mariko Kitakubo will be visiting from Japan and will read tanka from her newest book, Cicada Forest.


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