September 2021: Well, that was a bit of a to-do, wasn’t it? I hope that everyone has stayed safe and well during the lockdown – ongoing for a while yet, after all Level 3 isn’t that different to Level 4. Anecdotal evidence seems to be that the stresses and anxieties have for many been worse this time. Haiku are a great way to lose oneself, either in the gathering of material or in the writing process, so don’t forget to take a daily dose of our ‘medicine’. I am reliably informed that spring begins on September 22 (the day of the vernal equinox) so that may help lift our spirits too.
This month’s article by Michael Dylan Welch is about the reading and interpretation of haiku and neatly illustrates the point about how the reader completes the poem. Contest listings have been updated to the end of November – please don’t forget the Katikati Haiku Contest, which is free to enter this year, closes on September 19. See Haiku Happenings for a clutch of journal news. Don’t forget that Haiku North America is a virtual event this year and registration is free. Details are at the bottom of that page.
If you’ve been writing heaps during lockdown and would like to try some new outlets for your work, why not peruse the Publications page?
If you’re looking for some reading material or would like to spend some time with articles previously published here, please go to the index of Archived Articles; or try out the index for Websites & Resources, which includes links to Youtube videos.