Haiku Featured on Seattle Japanese Garden Audio Tour
Michael Dylan Welch has recorded two presentations about haiku for the new audio tour of the Seattle Japanese Garden. These professionally recorded and mixed tracks include koto and shakuhachi music performed by Elizabeth and John Falconer. One of these tracks, titled "Haiku and the Japanese Garden" (9:21 in length), is now available for free download or online listening. Check it out at http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/seattle-japanese-garden-audio/id370304184. Or visit http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/parkspaces/JapaneseGarden/JapaneseGardenTour.xml. You can also download the CD liner notes at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/japanesegarden.htm#podcast. The second track, titled "Only in Seattle: An Introduction to Haiku Poetry" (approximately 22 minutes in length), will be broadcast on KSER radio sometime in June. On Sunday, June 6, 2010, the Seattle Japanese Garden celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Through the summer of 2010, the Haiku Northwest group has been holding its monthly meetings at the garden too, in their new meeting room. The May 13 meeting featured a presentation on Issa by Michael Dylan Welch. On June 10, Tanya McDonald talked about the haiku of Jack Kerouac. And on July 8, Richard Tice will talk about the haiku of Chiyo-ni. The August 12 presentation is still to be announced.
Seattle will also host a national quarterly meeting of the Haiku Society of America over the weekend of June 25-27, mostly at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which is currently featuring an exhibit of Japanese woodblock prints (including Hokusai's "Great Wave").
M. Kei has announced a special section at Atlas Poetica:
Saša Važic' sent these updates: