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HAIKU DIALOGUE – Migration – Immigration

Thanks to Guest Editor Alex Fyffe for starting the year off so well – now we welcome back Guest Editor Carole MacRury with some moving photos – happy writing! kj

Migration with Guest Editor Carole MacRury

Migration is the movement of people from one place to another, with the intention of resettlement. For thousands of years humans have moved and expanded their range over land bridges that no longer exist.  These early nomads followed the food, the climate or fled natural disasters. Historically, mass migration has shaped every country in the world through both conflicts and exploration. It continues today as our world grows smaller due to international trade and travel. There are many causes of international migration. Some people move in search of work or economic opportunity, to reunite with family or to study. My family fits into this category when we left Canada to study in the US, and never went back. Some move to escape conflict, persecution, or large-scale human rights violations. Still others move in response to the adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters, or other environmental factors. And some people were forcefully stolen from their countries to become slaves in another country. These migratory patterns shaped our countries. We wouldn’t be the same without the rich influx in immigrants who enriched our lives through their contributions in science, politics, technology, fashion, food, music, art and so much more. Most of us in the Americas can trace our roots back to another country. Indigenous people have their own unique stories to tell about the effects of colonization on their lives.  We’ll explore this rich topic for the next few weeks calling upon our own experiences with emigration, our own experiences with the migration of flora and fauna, and lastly, our internal migration within our own countries.

prompt: Immigration 

Have you emigrated to another country, either by choice or necessity? If not, perhaps you have interacted with newcomers within your country. Perhaps you were raised by parents who immigrated. Immigrating can be both exciting and challenging as people adapt to a new way of life. My life would have been poorer without the experiences of communities such as “Little Italy”, close to where I grew up in Vancouver, BC. Or Little Germany on “Robsonstrasse”, a street lined with shops featuring pastries and other goods from Germany. I picked berries alongside Chinese immigrants as a young girl, then interacted with a new wave of immigrants from the Punjab when I returned home as an adult to find turbaned scarecrows in the berry fields. Yes, the birds are smart.

Immigrants have shaped the city of my birth, my childhood, and continue to shape my life today. From friendship to food, to the difficulties of language, to cultural differences that are both appreciated and/or sometimes misunderstood, this is a chance to write haiku that show what it’s like to resettle in another country or what it’s like to experience another culture within your own country. The family in the photo was new to Colorado. I don’t see traditional dress here that often. This photo inspired my topic on Migration as I wondered what it was like for them as they explored their new environment, recalling that my own immigration to the US from Canada was easy by comparison. Let’s indulge our senses and cut this large subject down to specific moments of human interaction that show and suggest rather than dictate. Let’s avoid political statements, or news reports, and focus on small significant moments that speak to the excitement and challenges that face those new to a country as well as how these newcomers to our country have affected our own lives.

The deadline is midnight Eastern Standard Time, Saturday February 17, 2024.

Please use the Haiku Dialogue submission form below to enter one or two original unpublished haiku inspired by the week’s theme, and then press Submit to send your entry. (The Submit button will not be available until the Name, Email, and Place of Residence fields are filled in.) With your poem, please include any special formatting requirements & your name & residence as you would like it to appear in the column. Please note that by submitting, you agree that your work may appear in the column – neither acknowledgment nor acceptance emails will be sent. All communication about the poems that are posted in the column will be added as blog comments.

Join us next week for Carole’s selection of poems on the topic of Immigration…

 

Guest Editor Carole MacRury resides in Point Roberts, Washington, a unique peninsula and border town that inspires her work. Her poems have won awards and been published worldwide, and her photographs have been featured on the covers of numerous poetry journals and anthologies. Her practice of contemplative photography along with an appreciation of haiku aesthetics helps deepen her awareness of the world around her. Both image and written word open her to the interconnectedness of all things, to surprise, mystery and a sense of wonder. She is the author of In the Company of Crows: Haiku and Tanka Between the Tides (Black Cat Press, 2008, 2nd Printing, 2018) and The Tang of Nasturtiums, an award-winning e-chapbook (Snapshot Press 2012).

Lori Zajkowski is the Post Manager for Haiku Dialogue. A novice haiku poet, she lives in New York City.

Managing Editor Katherine Munro lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and publishes under the name kjmunro. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada, and her debut poetry collection is contractions (Red Moon Press, 2019). Find her at: kjmunro1560.wordpress.com.

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Prompt photo credit:
prompt photo one – Immigration – Carole MacRury

Haiku Dialogue offers a triweekly prompt for practicing your haiku. Posts appear each Wednesday with a prompt or a selection of poems from a previous week.

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  1. Claire,

    I’m pretty sure that Carole probably pointed you toward Julie Bloss Kelsey’s column New to Haiku. In fact, the latest is about Kigo, which is an important first step, but all of the others are worth checking out because haiku poets take about their haiku journey. I would recommend them all to you, but don’t rush through them. Read one and think about what the poet says as well as reading some of these haiku. Jot down some haiku of your own along the way. Most of these poets recommend reading many haiku to get the feel of haiku, but it can’t hurt to give a few of your own a try.

  2. I know this submission is late un fortunately my health issues held my work back I hope you will consider this piece perhaps as an exercise to learning more and more about haiku thank you also can you recommend a beginner’s entry to haiku and tanka in simple term such as the art of syllables and construction I thank you for your time and creating teaching of this delicate form blessings creativity and the peace and love of Word direct you to joy thanks

    1. Peace to all I hope you are able to recommend a book or books that would enable me to learn the constraints of haiku and tanks help if you can if not I know you are very busy which is wonderful I know you are very mindfully teaching the form and it’s surprising mind expansion on the power of words and emotion I text haiku so much in excitement just wanted add that comment peace be with you and thanks even if there is no responce

    2. Claire, if you look up at the top black border of this page you will see ‘learn’. Once you click on it you will see many topics on haiku for beginners along with resources, and examples. Enjoy!

      1. Oh Carole thank you for your care on my path toward haiku I am a haiku foundation lover in deed haiku delicate yet powerful a gift to all I love all haiku poets teachers and those who submit their work may the force of the muse be with All Carole I am so verbose but I am just describing gratitude and the positivity in which you have shared may God bless any mayxjoy reign ❤️

      1. SawOh Carole thank you for your care on my path toward haiku I am a haiku foundation lover in deed haiku delicate yet powerful a gift to all I love all haiku poets teachers and those who submit their work may the force of the muse be with All Carole I am so verbose but I am just describing gratitude and the positivity in which you have shared may God bless any mayxjoy reign ❤️

        1. SawOh Carole thank you for your care on my path toward haiku I am a haiku foundation lover in deed haiku delicate yet powerful a gift to all I love all haiku poets teachers and those who submit their work may the force of the muse be with All Carole I am so verbose but I am just describing gratitude and the positivity in which you have shared may God bless any mayxjoy reign ❤️

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