Category Archives: haiga

Greetings from the east coast! A couple of haiga from these parts…

For those unfamiliar with this term, a haiga is a combination of short form poetry such as haiku or tanka and artwork. Welcome to those of you who are visiting this blog via Rattle Poetry. I look forward to reading your … Continue reading

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Of giants and dwarves…

UPDATE! My haibun, ‘Finding Narnia’ inspired by this grove of twelve redwoods in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor, is featured in the January edition of Contemporary Haibun Online. Original Post… HAIKU MASTERS in Kyoto Broadcast live on NHK World, Japan, December … Continue reading

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‘Garden Party’ on Haiku Masters

  Feedback on a shahai or photo haiku is always appreciated, particularly when a reader has interpreted a particular combination of words and images in a different way to that which inspired it. Often this happens when someone with a … Continue reading

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Photo haiku goes global

Last year, poets from 96 countries and territories submitted 5,303 photo haiku to the NHK World TV web-based programme Haiku Masters. The photo haiku is a relatively new form of visual literature. Each month the Haiku Masters production team calls for entries from around the … Continue reading

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Tanka, ekphrastic poetry and chalk pastels contribute to Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement

I was so proud of Class 9 Donard, Abbey Grammar School, Newry when they were recently presented with the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement 2017 for their poetry. The work resulted from a series of workshops delivered through Community Arts Partnership … Continue reading

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‘Clock watching’ – interpreting photo haiku

The dandelion seed head, or ‘clock flower’ in the photo below inspired the accompanying  haiku. I combined the image and words in Photoshop and submitted it to the photo haiku competition organised each month by Japanese TV NHK World’s HAIKU MASTERS. Episode … Continue reading

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Of ‘hyggekrog’ dreams…

Angela Topping’s highly enjoyable hygge series focusses on the many aspects of this Danish word that loosely describes how simple pleasures in life can make us feel good. The writer explained in one post that the associated noun hyggekrog defines a place that embodies cosiness. She said it … Continue reading

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Hygge Feature #17 Coming in from the cold and dark

Originally posted on Angela Topping:
Being outdoors in the cold and coming home makes hygge more intense. A bowl of soup, a warm fire and the tingle of warmth returning to frozen hands and feet – it’s almost worth going…

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The role of ‘fusoku-furi’ in the art of photo haiku

FURTHER UPDATE: I was excited to learn over the Christmas holidays that my entry in the January episode of the award-winning Japanese TV programme HAIKU MASTERS won Haiku Master of the Month. Haiku master and judge Michio Nakahara said, “The … Continue reading

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There’s something about clowns…

Okay, so the subject in Henri Rosseau’s Carnival Evening, 1886 is the character, Pierrot rather than a clown, but the dark, surreal atmosphere in the painting had the same effect on me as creepy clowns and carnivals. Think American Horror – particularly its Freak Show season.  … Continue reading

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