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Welcome to Haiku Windows

 

Welcome to Haiku Windows

 

In the book Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, editors Yamaguchi and Brooks quote David Lanoue:  “A haiku is a window”…

In the following weeks we will look at (or through?) the many possibilities raised by this thought – and you’re invited to join in the fun! Submit an original unpublished poem via our Contact Form by Sunday midnight on the theme of the week, including your name as you would like it to appear, and place of residence. I will select from these for the column, and add commentary.

 

next week’s theme:  kitchen window

We start the year and the project with a window in a room that may have cozy connections to family feasts and gatherings, the smell of baking bread, looking out (in my case) on a snowy backyard… Do you have one? Do you want one? What do you see? Who/what sees you?

I look forward to reading your submissions. Let’s begin!

Katherine Munro lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and publishes under the name kjmunro. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada and an Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets. She recently co-edited an anthology of crime-themed haiku called Body of Evidence: a collection of killer ’ku.

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  1. Another beautiful challenge by THF. Welcome Katherine and I hope to enjoy your challenge and commentary on your selected poems. Workplace Haiku with Jim was compelling and hope this one takes us to another pedestal! Wish you the best!

    Adjei

  2. Hi Kathy

    Usually I get an automated confirmation that you have received my submission on the Monday. I think I have put the wrong phrase in the subject box. I put “Kitchen Window” when I think I should have put “Haiku Windows”. So for next time could you just say a “yes” if next time I should use “Haiku Windows”
    Thank you
    Christine

    1. Hi Christine – I understand that it was never an automated confirmation, but possibly a template… I have decided against that, & will be sending acceptance emails only. Regarding the subject box, I don’t believe it matters – either Haiku Windows or Kitchen Window (or whatever window is next) is fine…
      cheers, Kathy

  3. Good Morning, Kathy:

    Thank you for hosting this new feature. I look forward to participating. One question about “unpublished” haiku: do you consider haiku submitted to a closed Facebook group to be published?

    Thanks again!

    1. Frank,
      For our purposes here, I do not consider haiku submitted to a closed Facebook group to be published… thanks for asking, kj

  4. Hi Kathy,

    Do you want just one poem submitted or would you like two or three on the theme to choose from?

    I submitted using the contact form this morning.

    Thanks, Pat Davis (I do not have a website!)

    1. Thanks for this, Pat – I had thought poets would send one poem each week, but so many are sending more than one that it didn’t seem fair – so I am letting people know they can send more than one…

  5. I happened to write a kitchen window poem this morning while doing the dishes. Dumb luck!

  6. Hi Kathy,
    ‘Windows’ is a great general theme. There are so many windows to our universe.
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    ‘Kitchen Window’ is also the title of the 2008 paper wasp Jack Stamm anthology, judged by Jacqui Murray and the late John Knight and . Each anthology was titled from the haiku that won first place in the competition. Jan O’Loughlin won it in 2008 with
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    kitchen window
    sunlight pools in
    last night’s dishes

    (Jan O’Loughlin – ‘Kitchen Window’, first prize paper waspJack Stamm Anthology, 2008)
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    – Lorin

  7. .
    Just a heads up but if you want your verses considered they need to be posted via the separate CONTACT FORM:
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    https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/contact/
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    “In the following weeks we will look at (or through?) the many possibilities raised by this thought – and you’re invited to join in the fun!
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    Submit an original unpublished poem via our Contact Form by Sunday midnight on the theme of the week, including your name as you would like it to appear, and place of residence.
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    I will select from these for the column, and add commentary.”
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    CONTACT FORM web link to a separate web page:
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    https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/contact/
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    warm regards,
    Alan
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    1. Again – as Alan has pointed out – please submit using the Contact Form if you haven’t already!

  8. dirty dishes
    I fly out the window
    to follow the deer

    Marilyn Ashbaugh
    Michigan

  9. Just wanted to say that this is a great prompt in general (windows), and in particular (kitchen).
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    I remember a similar prompt by a magazine, but it was specifically just one window, whilst your prompts will cover a whole home, at least! 🙂
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    re:
    theme: kitchen window

    “We start the year and the project with a window in a room that may have cozy connections to family feasts and gatherings, the smell of baking bread, looking out (in my case) on a snowy backyard…
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    Do you have one? Do you want one? What do you see? Who/what sees you?”
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    That’s brilliant! This will really nudge us all to go beyond just a visual, but add various senses, and nuances. Thank you! 🙂
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    I also see aspects of my The Slip-Realism Perception Challenge being used over time:
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    https://poetrysociety.org.nz/affiliates/haiku-nz/haiku-poems-articles/archived-articles/the-slip-realism-perception-challenge/
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    I am so excited that you took on this weekly challenge for us, and cannot wait to see the results of the haiku that will follow, and your commentaries.
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    Thank you so much for doing this, it’s deeply appreciated.
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    warmest regards,
    Alan
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