Preparing for the HNA conference, last minute details… lots of responsibility – all the organizers feel this way, but we know, it will be beautiful. The organizers have created a conference blog, which will have details on many of the programs: http://www.haikunorthamerica.com/blog.html There, a haiku prompt will be given for the conference each day. The first is (appropriately) “migration”. Tweet your haiku with the hashtag : #HaikuNA Also see recent articles on the HNA blog on the senryu workshop by Sunny Seki, and a rengay workshop by Gary Gay.
For me the poetry of it all rises strongly to my feelings. That is what I am here for. I will center on that. You will feel it here strongly the “haiku moments” the power of our poetic imagination alive in nature. We center on that here. Join me on the trail… the wake… of beauty.
Our beautiful friend from Japan, kris moon, (aka Kris Kondo) made the haiga of us above. She stayed in our home the last few days, a long awaited meeting of hearts, and now is with her daughter till boarding ship tomorrow. After the conference she will return to us. She will do a program Friday evening August 23, 6:30 PM of her own work, and also we will do a full REGIONAL READING with all the footnotes!
PACKING THE FLUTES! Remember Rick will be playing flutes of the world for the Regional Reading. They have to be packed and carried with us. The Anasazi (Native American) flutes will be used for the Southwest and Northern CA.
Above: Anasazi flutes now at the Arizona State Museum.
In 1931, four wooden flutes were discovered in a cave in Northeastern
Arizona. They are relics of the Ancestral Pluebloan (Anasazi)
culture and have been dated to 620-670 ACE. As such, they are the
earliest preserved wooden flutes (others were bone or cane) from
North America. They are surprisingly sophististicated instruments,
carefully constructed of of boxelder, with six finger holes. No one
can know what kind of music or signaling these flutes were used for.
An instrument modeled on these ancient flutes, but somewhat larger
and made of cedar by Corote Oldman, will accompany poets from
Northern California and the U.S. Southwest. The Anasazi flutes
are rim-blown like the Mojave Desert Flute mentioned in an earlier
post. Today, replicas are usually equipped with a chamfered
upper rim and played in the way shakuhachis are, but authorities believe
that rim-blown Native American flutes were most often played
with an “interdental embouchures”, in the style of the Persian
ney. Here the entire rim is placed within the lips and against the
teeth. It is rare to hear a rim-blown Native American flute, and
extremely rare to hear one played with the interdental embouchure, as
it will be heard in the Regional Reading.
We just finished our Tanka Poets on Site Celebrational Book for Tanka Sunday – we think it is beautiful!! I am going to make a whole new post to celebrate… continuing the day’s journal with a real accomplishment for Tanka Poets on Site!