Second Day HNA Queen Mary starts before dawn

4 AM
1 a krisimage
last night reception
6 AM
Your roving reporter was roving around her room at 4 am this morning looking out of portholes and writing haiku on the current conference theme of the day “salt air”. I love the active monitor in the book room that displays our twittered posts on the themes~ the real live twitter stream on the hashtag #HaikuNA. You too can write on the themes and post them to twitter using #HaikuNA!

Last night for the conference reception we played duets as the background as poets talked and shared. Rick played improvising on bansuri I sang and played tamboura. The instruments we played came into our hands and were carried home by us from our recent trip to India. The depth of that experience giving me a chance to float in that interior world amidst the busy times was a gift, and invitation by the organizers.

Michael Dylan Welch talking about “How Long is a Haiku Moment”

I was so happy I chose to go to this. I know Michael well but I was blissful listening because his ideas are alive, fresh, vivid, questioning, inspiring. Many of these sessions are double or triple billed. so one has to choose. When I can I will give you some photos, insights from Kris Kondo, by dear “twin” kris moon, when she goes to another session. Mostly my roving needs to be centered and poetical as I don’t spread myself thin in a situation like this… it has to be a rich and not a scattered experience.


Stuart Baker “Do All Roads Lead to Basho”

The talks I went today to were all in one room, the smaller, and the less air conditioned one. This gave a more focused experience. The talk by Stewart Baker, “Do all Roads lead to Basho” was also wonderful, with intriguing comments and examples of translation. Again I was so pleased to be there.



Haiku Journal Editors Panel

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About kathabela

Poet creator, organizer of Tanka Poets on Site, Haiku Kathabela, Poets on Site, Caltech, Red Door Poets, Haiku Tid-Bits (fb) Experiment in Submission a Day (fb) Afternoon Tanka Party (fb) Poetry Quack Quarks (fb) secretary Tanka Society of America, member Haiku Society of America, Haiku Poets of Northern CA, world travels and music/poetic performance (with my husband Rick Wilson on flutes of the world)

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