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International Haiku Poetry Day 2017 a Success!




Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people around the world celebrated International Haiku Poetry Day 2017 in a variety of ways. Here’s a brief recap:

HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival 2017

badge_haikulifeThe Haiku Foundation screened HaikuLife offerings in 4 modes: HaikuLife Format (17 segments of 17 seconds each: view our demo); Video Haiga (treatments of individual or short series of poems); Free Format (pretty much anything goes); and Feature Format (anything longer than 10 minutes).

Results: Nearly 1000 viewings of more than an hours’ worth of haiku film.


EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration

badge_earthrisePoets from around the world contributed to the world’s largest collaborative poem. This year’s theme, in acknowledgment of the political and personal turmoil of our times, was Reconciliation Haiku, with a poem by Chiyo-ni provided as the “seed” poem.

Results: More than 350 poems. A collated version of the event is now available.


Local Haiku Celebrations

badge_ihpdGatherings of poets took place around the globe and on the net. We hope you took in one of these events. We will offer reports as they come in.

Huntsville (AL): Some stealth action from the Trillium Haiku Society:

























































Newton (MA): Susan Caulfield writes “We had a small class, and a cute group of kids, friends about 8-10 years old. They wrote a great collaborative haiku about the girl’s dog. Not specifically about reconciliation, but it sort of fits”:

Sleeping paws stretched out
loyalty always with her
Dozing in my arms

Susan Caulfield
Reference Librarian
Newton Free Library

Results: We hope to feature write-ups and pictures from as many of these as possible. Please send!


The Haiku Foundation Announces Its Touchstone Award Winners for 2016

badge_touchstoneWell, some of them, anyway. We have had a slight delay in announcing the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award, but will do so very soon. Meanwhile, here’s the list of the Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems 2016:


     whale vertebrae 
     drifting from one god 
     to another
          — Nicholas Klacsanzky, A Hundred Gourds 5.3
     November wind			
     the hollow places					
     that form a song
          — Peter Newton, The Heron’s Nest 18.1
     darkness . . .
     her name slips
     into it
          — Dave Read, Acorn 37
     last day of summer
     the taste of the wooden stick				
     inside the ice cream
          — Katrina Shepherd, The Heron’s Nest 18.4
     house clearance
     room by room by room
     my mother disappears
          — Alan Summers, Blithe Spirit 26.1

See the complete list of past winners of both Individual Poem Awards and Distinguished Books Awards in the Touchstone Archives.

Be a part of it — celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day, April 17.

This Post Has 9 Comments

    The Collaborative thread for 2017 closed (but there is no ending); yet I shall share my observation on Lorin Ford’s haiku-poem:

    “Tr(i)ump(h) in the multiverse more (b)om(b)s”

    – Lorin  April 18, 2017 at 4:40 am


    Admiral example of effectively bringing Language(Sound) Poetry (LangPo) technique to the haiku aesthetic
    and topical, too

    “Make it new”   — Ezra Pound

    “See Mother how I make all new again”   — JC Superstar (One man who could not fall)


    Wonderful to keep on rolling with my brothers & sisters in the making of haiku-poetry –
    like passing the peace-pipe in the cyber tea house


    Michael (MV)



    1. Why, thank you, Michael! Yes, ye olde LangPo technique of the strike-through . . . which of course doesn’t work on these threads so brackets became the substitute. (I did it for fun :-) )

      “listen: there’s a hell
      of a good universe next door; let’s go”

      E. E. Cummings

      – Lorin

    1. Dear Emilia, I also like your haiku, and the photo haiku version at your site. Thank you, Ellen

    2.  Hi Emilia,

      and Thanks

      your haiku-poem leads me to:

      a haiku in a word:

      then I hear these lines/phrases:

      dawn to dusk
      dusk to dawn

      o holy night
      o dawn divine



      Michael (MV)

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