Haiku of the Day for November 2023 features Guest Editor Charlotte Hrenchuk’s collection on the theme of the North. This is what she has to say by way of introduction to this theme:
November is upon us and winter solstice is fast approaching. I chose the theme of the North because I live in the Yukon, Canada on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Ta’an Kwach’an Council. It is a place of great beauty and a theme never previously explored for Haiku of the Day. The North can mean many things to many people: a physical place, a metaphor, a lodestar, a symbol of freedom and wide, open clean spaces, cold & frozen, the end of the road, a refuge, a place to live with nature, the boreal forest, tundra, long summer days and short winter days. Interestingly, many of the published poems I read invoke the cold, frozen aspect, not the glorious summer days and accompanying frenetic energy.
Thank-you to the Haiku Foundation and Lynne Jambor for the opportunity to explore this theme in haiku; to reach out to the haiku community and to all the poets whose work it was a pleasure and inspiration to read. I hope that you can find your North in this collection.