If you love haiku, you probably feel a special connection to a poet. That connection might begin when a single poem sends a thrill through you, a jolt of recognition. How does that happen and why? Through what art is the poet able to reach out to you through language, sound, rhythm, image?
What of those who are no longer with us? What if we could go back across space and time with digital video and audio recording equipment, ask our favorite poets a few concise questions, and then let them expound? To see their gestures and facial expressions, to hear their unique voices colored by regional and personal nuances—that would be something special, wouldn’t it?
What of the scholars and translators who helped bring haiku into the English language? Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring digital a/v equipment to New York City circa 1935 to converse with Harold G. Henderson about topics that puzzled him then, and still puzzle us today?
Going forward, what if we could stop asking “what if” and create a Video Archive, which we would make available to everyone for free on THF’s website?
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and be sure to check out the terrific video that leads off the presentation.
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