Sunday, September 06, 2009

2009 Anthology Reading: "shell gathering"

August 30, 2009

On August 30th, 2009 the Southern California Haiku Study Group and the Pacific Asia Museum co-sponsored a reading by poets whose haiku, haibun, and artwork were published in the group's annual anthology. As is our tradition, the title for each year's anthology is selected from one of the haiku appearing in the anthology. The title of this year's anthology is shell gathering and was selected from a haiku by Wendy Wright:

shell gathering--
a row of tiny shoes
on the seawall

-Wendy Wright

The calming melodies of Japanese songs, played on flute by Rick Wilson and accompanied on various percussion instruments by Kath Abela Wilson, wafted through the gallery as poets, guests, and attendees gathered at the Pacific Asia Museum.

During intermission, Rick played four 19th century Japanese songs on a period flute from his extensive flute collection, accompanied by Kathabela. As the melodies filled museum hallways, onlookers gathered outside the room to listen.

Museum Representative Tai Ling Wong welcomed us all to this year's reading.

Eighteen of the thirty-three poets featured in shell gathering read their poems and haibun, some creating performance pieces much to the delight of the audience.

Left: Poets and Attendees Right: Poets and Attendees, Margaret Hehman-Smith reading

Poets who read: Michael Angerman, Peggy Castro, Marcyn Del Clements, Phyllis Collins, D'ellen, Billie Dee, Pauli Dutton, Margaret Hehman-Smith, Lindy Hill, Deborah P. Kolodji, Elva Lauter, Janis Lukstein, Frances Ruhlen McConnel, Naia, Genie Nakano, Judith Terzi, Kath Abela Wilson, and Wendy Wright.

After the reading refreshments were provided by the Pacific Asia Museum and fellow poets. Attendees congregated at the refreshment table to chat and enjoy each others' company.

Following are photos from the event.

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Blogger Kathabela said...

Thank you Naia, for a very beautiful review of the anthology reading, honoring each poet so carefully and with such finely chosen photos. I just saw this, and it brings back the experience, its bell rings as a deeply moving and rich expression of our group's poetry, thanks to your loving description.

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