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Charlotte Hrenchuk

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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.

—Charlotte Hrenchuk

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  1. My home is in Yukon and it is wonderful and inspiring to read the beautiful poems from all over the world that remind me of why I love the North! Thank-you for a lovely start to my day.

    1. Yes, it was very interesting assembling this collection. Glad it sets you up for the day.

  2. I did a road trip in August from Calgary to Dawson City in Yukon and spent about 10 days camping. All the places on the way and in Yukon are very beautiful not just in looks: there’s more much more than the camera can handle like it was on my last year’s trip to Yellowknife. I am excited to read Charlotte’s daily haiku in November.

    1. I am still finding my way through poetry and particularly through haiku. This is one I wrote in Whitehorse on August 15, 2023 in my tent ( incidentally that’s India’s Independence Day)

      summer night
      washed out in Yukon—
      camper’s hopes

      1. Thank-you for your poem Biswajit. I hope you these haiku resonate with your experiences of the North.

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