All the wonder of arrivals from far distances is in the air here, A few minutes ago I was speaking with Kris Kondo, a beautiful poet I have always wanted to meet, who arrived here just a couple days ago fromm Japan, with her daughter.
For our regional reading Kris Kondo wrote this haiku inspired by the amazing Dragon Festival that happens in mid-August every year where she lives:
deep in the mountains . . .
dragons sleep &
clouds are born
She is planning to visit our Friday poetry meetings, and evening salons, read her poetry and enjoy the festivities and Regional Readings we have planned. This is a long awaited meeting of poet-friends. This is a strong element of such a gathering. There is nothing more important in my view than this special connection and realizations of poetic friendship.
Rick will be playing Shakuhachi for the Australian poets. Rick says
“Interest in the Japanese shakuhachi in Australia has been
growing in part due to the influence of American-Australian
virtuoso Riley Lee (the first non-Japanese person to become a
shakuhachi master), who e.g. organized the first World Shakuhachi
Festival held in Sydney in 2008. Typing this has made me
decide to use a different shakuhachi to accompany Australian
poets than the one I mentioned in an earlier post. Instead,
I will use an instrument made by Kozo Kitahara in Japan, about
50 years ago, that was at one time owned by Riley Lee.”
This Sunday at our local Pacific Asia Museum, Ron Moss, one of the major speakers at HNA will present a program, and a book, art and poetry with Linda Gallowy, another fine poet friend. They’ve invited Rick Wilson to play Shakuhachi, and your roving reporter will be there to play a little percussion read a few tanka and take lots of photos and notes for you!
Pre-Conference Program, Art and Poetry at Pacific Asia RON MOSS and Linda Galloway on Sunday, August 11, 2 PM
For our regional reading,
Ron C. Moss
Leslie Vale, Tasmania, Australia
a starving dingo paces
the rain shadow
Shiki Monthly Kukai, August 2009
(The bloodwood is a Australian desert tree which has rough bark and a thick red sap. Dingoes are a free roaming dog that is found mainly in Australia and are a subspecies of the grey wolf. A rain shadow is a very dry area on the lee of a mountainous region. All these contrasting images are brought together by their interplay in a very harsh environment.)
I am especially fascinated by the unusual words and new birds and animals that will be joining us from Australia.
in the snowies
(Brumbies are Australian wild horses . The snowies is an informal reference commonly used for the Snowy Mountains in Southern New South Wales which contain the five highest peaks on the Australian mainland.)
eye of lightning