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International Haiku Poetry Day 2018 a Success, but Not Quite Perfect




Haiku lovers around the world celebrated International Haiku Poetry Day 2018 in a variety of ways, but our planned events didn’t come off quite perfectly.

The HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival 2018 Archival Page had some technical issues, and so our 19 films scheduled for April 17 (our most ever!) were not quite ready to be screened. However, they are available now, and will reside permanently in our archives as well. We apologize to our auteurs and our audience for the delay, and will also feature each film individually on the blog beginning May 1.

The EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration produced another record-breaking showing, with poets from around the world contributing to the world’s largest collaborative poem. This year’s theme, in the Audubon Society’s Year of the Bird, featured a bird seed poem (you see what I did there?) haiku by classical Japanese haijin Ampu. A complete version will be made available shortly and announced on the blog.

We know there were local haiku celebrations but do not have any reports at this time.

And the winners of the Touchstone Awards for 2017 were announced. Each recipient will be honored with an individual blog post over the next 2 weeks, featuring their winning effort — poem or book — and commentary by their respective committees.

We hope you spent time with haiku on International Haiku Poetry Day, and if you did, we know it treated you well.

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

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. .
    The video inclusion is more than a person can digest in one day, so the delay did not impede my enjoyment, but lengthen the opportunity.
    The rolling haiku is an event I look forward to each year now, especially because the haiku writers in Texas are spread thin, and travel a very long-distance adventure.
    To be able to participate in the global event, yet feel close to all, is an amazing boost to writing.
    Very much enjoyed the notices and write ups on “poem of 2017” and “book of 2017”.
    Jan Benson
    Texas, USA

  2. For whatever reason, I could not get the HaikuRising Rolling Haiku Collaboration link to work at any time during the day. Glad that it was nevertheless a great success.

  3. Haiku entered my life unexpectedly, not so very long ago. For me, it´s haiku day almost every day 🙂 I am glad to be a part of HaikuLife this year and enjoying the other entries too. Congratulations to the Touchstone Award winners.

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