The Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2012 English-Language Haibun Contest

The 11th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial

2013 English-Language Haibun Contest!


Sponsor: Central Valley Haiku Club (CVHC)


Deadline: In hand by December 1, 2013


Submissions: All entries must be in English, unpublished, and not currently under consideration by any online or printed publication. Haibun that have appeared on social network sites are not considered published for the purposes of this contest. There is no limit to the number or length of any submissions. Submit three copies of each haibun, two (2) copies without author information attached for anonymous judging, one (1) copy with author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for notification purposes. A first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded. Honorable mention certificates also will be given. The entry fee of $5 (US) per haibun should be paid by check and made out to: Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer).


Eligibility: Open to the public; CVHC officers are not eligible.


Correspondence: No entries will be returned. Contestants will be notified by email. Please note that entries that fail to adhere to contest rules will be disqualified.


Judges: Will not be disclosed until the contest winner has been decided.


Send entries to: Yvonne Cabalona,

709 Auburn Street,

Modesto, CA 95350-6079.


If you have further questions, please contact Yvonne Cabalona, YCabalona@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Central Vallley Haiku Club - Fall 2013 to Year's End


    Fall to year's end was a time of celebration for the Central Valley Haiku Club.

    Saturday, October 19th, the Club had their annual Reading at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California.  As koi nibbled at the surface of the water outside the windows of the meeting room, members Mark Hollingsworth, w f owen, Yvonne Cabalona and Leslie Rose shared haiku, tanka, tan renga, and haibun.  Members Ricardo de Bernardi and Lynne Sperry, as well as Mark's wife, Nancy, were part of an appreciative audience.

    After the reading the group met briefly to discuss, among other things, next year's haibun contest and the tan renga which the group had selected to submit to various publications.

    The next meeting date was set for Saturday, December 7th at the Eastern Empire Bar and Grill.

    The December meeting was the annual holiday luncheon.  In attendance were w f owen, Lynne Sperry, Mark Hollingsworth and his wife, Nancy, Yvonne Cabalona, and Ricardo de Bernardi.  It was a relaxed meeting, in the holiday spirit, and the only point of business covered was the conclusion of the annual Jerry Kilbride English Language Haibun Contest which had reached it's deadline on December 1st.  The contest submissions were sent to the judges and all anxiously await the results of that competition, which will be announced in the New Year.

    The next meeting will be March 8th at noon, and will again be held at the Eastern Empire Bar and Grill (460 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825).

 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Central Valley Haiku Club - Summer 2013

    This summer, the Central Valley Haiku Club held two meetings.
    The first meeting, on the 29th of June, was held, as planned, at the Eastern Empire Restaurant (Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA).  Attending were members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Lynne Sperry and Leslie Rose.
    The first item of business was an update on the Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2013 English Language Haibun Contest.  Yvonne reported that entries have begun to come in.  We decided, in an effort to expand our number of entrants, we will post the contest several times between now and the contest deadline (December 1st) on both FaceBook and Twitter.
    Before adjourning, poems were shared and the group celebrated:  Leslie Rose announced the publication of several poems over the next month in "Prune Juice" (Issue 10), "tinywords" (13.2). "a hundred gourds" (Issue 2.4), "Ribbons" (Spring/Summer 2013), and "Frogpond" (Spring/Summer 2013).  And the club was delighted to have three tan renga accepted by "Frogpond" for the Spring/Summer issue as well.

    The second summer meeting was held August 10th at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory (Sibley St., Folsom, CA).  Attending were members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Leslie Rose, Mark Hollingsworth and his wife, Nancy.
    There was nothing new to report regarding the Jerry Kilbride Haibun contest, but we will be posting another reminder about the contest on Facebook and Twitter, and Secretary Leslie Rose will have flyers about the contest for the attendees at the annual Haiku Northwest's Seabeck Haiku Getaway which she will be attending.
    The big topic of the day was our upcoming annual English-Language Haiku Reading which will again be held in October.  Yvonne has secured a room at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory (1136 Sibley St., Folsom, CA 95630) for Saturday, October 19th and the Reading will run from 1:00-3:00.  It is always the highlight of our year and we're hoping for a good turn-out.
    Poems were shared and a round of tan renga were created before we adjourned, with the promise to work up more two line completions, individually, in the hopes of submitting a new cluster of tan renga to various publications.
    Looking forward to seeing some of you at our October Reading.....
                                Leslie Rose

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CVHC Meeting, April 20, 2013



    The last of our Spring meetings was held at our second most favorite location, The Eastern Empire Restaurant in Sacramento.  Our attending members,  Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Lynne Sperry, and Leslie Rose, grazed through platters of delicious Asian cuisine as we caught up with what has been happening in our various lives. 
    The posting of our haibun contest information was discussed and we spent time exploring technology resources with our various i-phones and i-pads.
    Before parting, poetry was shared and our next meeting date was discussed. 
    Our next meeting will again be held at the Eastern Empire Restaurant (Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA) on Saturday, June 29th, when we hope to workshop a few new tan renga.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CVHC Meeting on February 9, 2013

    The CVHC meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2013, was held at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California.  The members attending, Lynne Sperry, Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi and Leslie Rose, brought a feast of foods to munch on while we shared news before we got down to business.
    The major business of the day involved preparing for our next Jerry Kilbride Memorial English Language Haibun Contest.  Adjustments were made to the contest rules in preparation for posting to the public.  We again settled on December 1st as the contest deadline for this year so that participants will have ample opportunity to send in many haibun.
    We were delighted to hear that Bill Owen has won The Museum of Haiku Literature Award.
    With no other pressing business to take care of, we then turned to the creative part of our get-together, sharing haiku and then using them to create tan renga. By meeting's end we had a dozen poems to show for our efforts, a very productive output for the afternoon.
    Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Golden Empire Restaurant on Howe Avenue in Sacramento, when we will again share laughter, food and poems.

11th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2013 English Haibun Contest

The 11th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial
2013 English-Language Haibun Contest


Sponsor:  Central Valley Haiku Club

Deadline:  In hand by December 1, 2013

Submissions:  All entries must be in English, unpublished, and not currently under consideration by any online or printed publication.  Haibun that have appeared on social network sites are not considered published for the purposes of this contest.  There is no limit to the number or length of any submissions.  Submit three copies of each haibun, two (2) copies without author information attached for anonymous judging, one (1) copy with author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for notification purposes.  A first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded.  Honorable mention certificates also will be given.  The entry fee  of $5 (US) per haibun should be paid by check and made out to:  Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer).

Eligibility:  Open to the public; CVHC officers are not eligible.

Correspondence:  No entries will be returned.  Please note that entries that fail to adhere to contest rules will be disqualified.  Contestants will be notified by e-mail.

Judges:  Will not be disclosed until the contest winner has been decided.

Send entries to:    Yvonne Cabalona, 
                             709 Auburn Street,
                              Modesto, CA  95350-6079. 

If you have further questions, please contact Yvonne Cabalona, YCabalona@gmail.com

10th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2013 English Haibun Contest

The 9th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial
2012 English-Language Haibun Contest


Sponsor:  Central Valley Haiku Club

Deadline:  In hand by December 1, 2013

Submissions:  All entries must be in English, unpublished, and not currently under consideration by any online or printed publication.  Haibun that have appeared on social network sites are not considered published for the purposes of this contest.  There is no limit to the number or length of any submissions.  Submit three copies of each haibun, two (2) copies without author information attached for anonymous judging, one (1) copy with author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for notification purposes.  A first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded.  Honorable mention certificates also will be given.  The entry fee  of $5 (US) per haibun should be paid by check and made out to:  Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer).

Eligibility:  Open to the public; CVHC officers are not eligible.

Correspondence:  No entries will be returned.  Send business-sized SASE for a list of the winning entries.  Please note that entries without SASE, insufficient postage, or that fail to adhere to contest rules will be disqualified.

Judges:  Will not be disclosed until the contest winner has been decided.

Send entries to:    Yvonne Cabalona, 
                                709 Auburn Street,
                                Modesto, CA  95350-6079. 

If you have further questions, please contact Yvonne Cabalona, YCabalona@gmail.com

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Winners of the 2012 Jerry Kilbride English-Language Haibun Contest

We are very pleased to announce that the winners of our annual Jerry Kilbride English-Language Haibun contest have been chosen!
Congratulations to Renee Owen, our first place winner, and Nu Quang, our second place winner.

Our judges were Cara Holman and David Grayson.  They did a great job and we would like to thank them very much.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CVHC December Meeting

    Saturday, December 8, 2012, as the holiday season was in full swing, the CVHC members held their last meeting of the year at their favorite eating spot, Eastern Empire Restaurant in Sacramento.  Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Mark Hollingsworth and wife Nancy, and Leslie Rose were delighted to include Lynne Sperry in the festivities.  Lynne had attended several of our October Readings at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory.

    We ate hearty, gabbed, and ate some more, before settling down to do a wee bit of business.

    Yvonne announced that, having reached the deadline for our annual Jerry Kilbride English Language Haibun contest, the entries had been sent to the judges and we should be delighted to announce the winners at our next meeting in the new year.

    On their I-pads/I-phones, both Bill and Mark showed off their entries at a new, interactive website, "Tapestry".  We agreed that the site shows great promise as a new and exciting venue for sharing writings.

    Then going around the table, haiku and tanka were shared, and everyone was pleased that Lynne joined in, sharing several poems she had written after hearing poems that were read at the October Reading.

    In the spirit of the season, gifts were shared....beaded jewelry for the ladies from Yvonne, English toffee from Nancy, candy suckers from Leslie, and bags of Fuyu persimmons from Mark.  Then as the afternoon ended, it was decided that the Club would meet again in February, and we will then workshop a few more tan renga.

    The next meeting of the Club will be Saturday, February 9th, 2013, from 11:30-3:00 at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom.    Any and all are welcome to join the fun.

                                                                                  --------Leslie Rose
                                                                                                       CVHC Secretary

Monday, September 24, 2012

In conjuction with the Folsom Arts and Humanities Month, the Central Valley Haiku Club will be holding a reading featuring haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun.  The reading will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory, 1336 Sibley Street, Folsom California.  After the reading, there will be an open mic session whereby the audience is invited to share their poems (does not have to be haiku).  Backdropped by a beautiful Japanese garden and koi-filled pond, the sake factory is the perfect setting in which to share our poems.  Please join us.  We'll be happy to see you.  -- Yvonne

Friday, August 31, 2012

CVHC MINUTES - AUGUST 2012
 
    The CVHC’s last meeting of the summer was held on August 11, 2012, as scheduled, at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory.  Escaping the scorching heat outside, relaxing in the sheltering cool of the meeting room, members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi and Leslie Rose were delighted to welcome a new member to the group:  Debora Larry Kearney who is a Placerville resident who teaches at one of our local Jr. colleges.
    Under old business, Yvonne said she is still happily accepting haibun for this year’s Jerry Kilbride Memorial English Language Haibun contest.  She’s hoping that since our last day for submissions is not until December 1st that we will have a bumper crop of wonderful writings from which our judges will need to choose. 
    Yvonne received a message from Charlie Trumbull (editor of Modern Haiku) who will be in our area attending the Haiku Pacific Rim Conference in September.  We are hoping that we will have a chance to visit with Charlie at that time.
    Still hoping to successfully use web technology for some of our meetings, Bill is exploring Google Plus which would allow up to nine participants to “hang out”.  Before our next meeting he asked us all to explore the possibilities.
    Our next meeting will be after our annual Haiku Reading.  This year's Reading will be on October 27th from 1-3, and, as usual, will be at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory with members sharing their haiku and related genre.  A special invitation will be, as always, extended to those in our audience who have poetry to read as well.
    Before beginning our tan renga workshop, Yvonne shared that we need to be looking for one of her poems which will be appearing in volume 14 of Bottlerockets.   We took turns reading some of our most recent poems, then with much laughter and chatter, we dove into writing tan renga, constructed from poems we each had brought to use as starting points.  In the process we produced a number of poems that we hope you will be seeing in various publications in the near future.
L. Rose


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Thursday, August 02, 2012

    As summer heat was beginning to grip the Central Valley and surrounding foothills, on June 16, 2012, the CVHC held their second Skype meeting.  Members Bill, Yvonne, and Ricardo said they  further refined the Skype process as a club meeting process,  had a great visit and set the next meeting date for the club.  That next meeting will be on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 11:30, and again will be held at the Sake Factory in Folsom (see the link to the left).  At that meeting we will be celebrating the recent publication of two of our tan renga, written at April’s meeting and published in the most recent Frogpond (volume 35:2) and continue preparations for our annual reading in October.  We plan to do another tan renga workshop since our last attempts were so successful. Stay tuned here for time and date for the October reading.
     Leslie Rose

Sunday, June 10, 2012

April Minutes

Central Valley Haiku Club Meeting - Saturday, April 14, 2012

    Outside the windows, a mallard pair and their twelve yellow ducklings swam on cloud darkened water, when the Central Valley Haiku Club held their first spring meeting on Saturday, April 14,  at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom.  Attending were Yvonne Cabalona, Ricado de Bernardi, Bill Owen and Leslie Rose.

    This was primarily a “tech” session, with the goal of bringing everyone up to speed so that, in the future, we can begin to conduct some of our meetings via “Skype”.  Skype names were exchanged and a time set for a trial run.

    This settled, we discussed this year’s Jerry Kilbride English Language Haibun contest which is currently underway.  In an effort to allow entrants time to send in multiple submissions, the deadline for the contest has been set as December 1st this year.  (Full information about the contest may be found at our website:  www.blinkhaiku.blogspot.com  as well as on page 26 of the HSA March Newsletter.)  We are anticipating another set of extraordinary submissions.

    Congratulations were in order for Yvonne who will have several previously published haiku appearing in an anthology of poems, “The Temple Bell Stops”, collected by Robert Epstein, on the theme grief and loss.

    With these bits of business out of the way, the group then conducted a tan renga workshop, and created several poems before closing time, when we adjourned with the promise of meeting on-line in the evening to test the “Skype” conference call system.

    The evening “Skype” test had its “trial and error” moments.  And in the end we were unable to do a video conference, but the audio conference worked well.  Enthused, we have set our next meeting for June 16th at 1:30, and it will be our first official “Skype” club meeting.  In preparation for that, members will be upgrading and checking out other on-line alternatives.
We are feeling quite technologically accomplished.



Monday, January 30, 2012

CVHC Minutes for January 2012

January 2012 Meeting.......

Having canceled the meeting scheduled for December of 2011, the Central Valley Haiku Club, held their first meeting since the Haiku Reading in October on January 14, 2012. Members Bill Owen, Mark Hollingsworth, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, and Leslie Rose gathered at one of the club's favorite meeting spots, the Eastern Empire Restaurant.

Over savory plates of food, the main topic of discussion turned on technology and making chapbooks available for download to the public, as well as finding and enjoying such things as haiga online.

Leslie Rose reported on the stellar 2011 Seabeck Haiku Getaway that she attended in October held by Haiku Northwest and shared the anthology constructed by the more than 30 attendees at that event.

Yvonne reported on last year's Haibun contest. We would like to thank our judges, Deborah Kolodji and Ellen Compton. First place goes to Cara Holman of Portland, Oregon for her haibun "Filtered Sunlight." And Second place goes to David Grayson of Alameda, California, a member of HPNC, for his haibun, "Pathfinder." You may view these writings at our website. We would like to congratulate and thank all our entrants for their wonderful submissions. With this year's contest already underway, we're hoping that all of these poets and more will be working on pieces to submit. As member Yvonne commented, with the deadline later this year, we're hoping that everyone will have more than enough time to gather and weave their prose and poetry.

Under celebrations, Leslie shared her tanka that appeared in the recent Fall/Winter edition of "Moonbathing". Bill announced that one of his haiku will be appearing in the forthcoming "Frogpond". And Yvonne had a couple of haiku and a haibun included in the most recent copy of "Bottle Rockets".

The last order of business was to set the date for our next meeting. It will be held at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory, 1136 Sibley Street, Folsom, CA, on Saturday, March 10th, at 11:30

Respectfully submitted,
Leslie Rose
CVHC Secretary.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

CVHC English Language Haiku Reading, October 2011

Annual Haiku Reading

As autumn crept into the California central valley and surrounding hills, on Saturday, October 8th, 2011, the Central Valley Haiku Club held their annual English Language Haiku reading at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory, 1136 Sibley Street, Folsom, CA. This event, along with many other art activities, is held in conjunction with Folsom's yearly celebration of the arts.

Before an audience of around two dozen, and with the koi pond as backdrop, club members Yvonne Cabalona, Bill Owen, Mark Hollingsworth, Lana Campbell, and Leslie Rose, shared information about the various haiku forms and then read some of their poetry, while member Ricardo de Bernardi took pictures. To everyone's delight, at the end of the reading, some of the audience members shared their poetry as well.

When the reading was finished and the audience had departed, the Club held their next to the last meeting of the year.

The first item of discussion was the 2011 Jerry Kilbride Memorial English Language Haibun contest which closed on October 1st. Yvonne reported that the submissions have gone to the judges and we will be receiving notification of our winners before our next meeting in December. So, with this contest almost put to bed, it was decided that we should, even before this year ends, begin notifying poets of our next haibun contest, our ninth annual event, which will have a deadline of December 1st, 2012. We are hoping, with a full year to write, and with a later deadline, more writers will submit entries. Full information about the contest may be found at our website: www.blinkhaiku.blogspot.com

We had several celebrations. Yvonne has been invited to submit copies of her Chapbook, Down the Mermaid's Back, for consideration for the Touchstone Award. She also will have one of her poems published in the "Heron's Nest". And Leslie announced that one of her tanka's will be published in #5 of "Moonbathing".

As this meeting ended, the date of December 3rd was chosen for the last meeting of the year. We will again meet at the Eastern Empire Restaurant on Howe Avenue in Sacramento at 12:30 to share laughter, poems and good food.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

sumi-e the art of her fingertips

w. f. owen

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Minutes of the CVHC August Meeting

During the "Dog Days of Summer" the members of the CVHC met, as planned, the hot afternoon of August 13th, at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom and shared a potluck of foods while catching up on all that has been happening with the various members over the last several months.

Attending were members Bill Owen, Mark Hollingsworth, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi and Leslie Rose. We were pleased to hear that member Lana, who we have missed over the last several meetings, had contacted Bill to say that she will be rejoining us in October for our annual Haiku Reading event.

Yvonne reported that she has secured the meeting room at the Sake Factory for us for that reading. We will be performing between the hours of 1:00-3:00 and will retire to the tasting room for a meeting from 3:00-4:00 directly after that.

Regarding our annual Jerry Kilbride Haibun Contest, Yvonne is looking for more entries during these last few weeks before the deadline. To spur entrants to get their poems in, we will be posting twice to Facebook during August.

We briefly discussed Tanka Prose and member Leslie was asked to check to see if there are currently any contests being run for that particular form.

We congratulated Bill who has a haiku appearing in the latest issue of Frogpond (Vol. 34:2, 2011).

Yvonne shared her poem, "Into the Dark", and the story behind it, which has been accepted for publication in the upcoming Bottle Rockets.

With that we had to close the meeting, but are looking forward to our next gathering on October 8th at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom. (Anyone wanting more information about that Reading may go to our Facebook page or our blogspot: http://blinkhaiku.blogspot.com).

Leslie Rose

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Great meeting today! Among items discussed, the haibun contest
is still open for submissions (see the announcement above).

Bill

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Central Valley Haiku Club Minutes

Spring Meeting
It was a small gathering, our first of the spring, that our CVHC held on Saturday, April 8, 2011, at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California. Attending were members Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi and Leslie Rose

Lately our members have found themselves tugged in a variety of directions, making it difficult for many to attend the bi-monthly meetings. So we briefly discussed the possibility of "SKYPE-ing" our meetings so that members might be able to share in what is happening from wherever they are on our meeting days. It was decided that we should further investigate this possibility and discuss it again at a future meeting.

Our annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2011 English-language Haibun Contest is up and running, the deadline for submissions being October 1st. Again we're posting announcements and contest details on our blog and website and have asked other sites, such as the HSA and the Tobacco Road Blog to post that information as well.

We all shared and enjoyed each other's recent creative efforts before adjourning.

Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 4th, at the Eastern Empire Restaurant on Howe Ave. in Sacramento, when we will share good company, good food and our writings.

June Meeting

Although the weather was something less than summer-like, the CVHC gathered, dry and warm, inside the Eastern Empire Restaurant on Saturday, June 4th. Attending were members: Bill Owen, Yvonne Cabalona, Ricardo de Bernardi, Mark Hollingsworth, and Leslie Rose.

In an effort to reach contestants, Leslie Rose reported that both HSA and HPNC are kindly posting information on their websites for our 8th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial Haibun Contest. That information is posted on our blogspot as well. We also have created a Facebook group open to all in the hopes of generating even more interest and participation.

Bill reported that our blog, has been adjusted so that CVHC members can post to that site regularly. We will be posting our club minutes there in the future.

Looking to this fall, Yvonne said that in the next couple of weeks she will be contacting the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California, to set up our annual October Haiku Reading at that facility.

During our sharing time, Yvonne said that she recently participated in the Modesto Poets Corner Celebration Contest, sponsored through the McHenry Museum, and she was among the winners, participating in the Reading that culminated that contest. Congratulations Yvonne!

Much to everyone's delight, Yvonne and Bill then did a "Slap down" exchange of haiku poems before we adjourned.

We set our next meeting for Saturday, August 13th at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom, California starting at 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by
Leslie Rose, CVHC Secretary

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Gekkeikan Sake Factory

The next meeting of the CVHC is on Saturday, August 13, at the Gekkeikan Sake Factory in Folsom. Bring your haiku for a friendly "throw down." See you there!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

salmon run

bank to bank a crib

of river rock


Poem by Yvonne Cabalona

Photo by Ricardo V. DeBernardi


Below Knights Ferry Covered Bridge (swinging rope)
Photo copyrighted by Ricardo V. DeBernardi

2011 Modesto Poets' Corner Contest Chapbook

"Sensing Water"

winter
emptied canals fill
with tule fog

flooded orchards
the moon's reflection
wobbles ... wobbles

covered bridge
between gaps
sounds of the river

Saturday, June 04, 2011

the wake a full box of his cigars

w. f. owen

These Years in the Garden, 2010
Yvonne Cabalona, Editor

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here I is. Cool!!!
his Cheshire smile
my cat with bird feathers
in his ruff

Yep! I woke up to the sound of bones being munched. I think he thinks the bedroom is his table. :)

Yvonne

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Our blog is named after a haibun written by w. f. owen in the journal Frogpond, XXVI:1, (2003):

blink

Bill tells the story of his stroke on Super Bowl Sunday. A baseball player, golfer and high school honor student. much of that taken away as he sat in a recliner during halftime. He is a new advisee of mine at the College. six years, and only a sophomore. He takes one course at a time. One day at a time, he laughs. Dark glasses. a white cane. He finds the buildings on campus by the colors and shapes of air conditioning units on top. Recently, they repainted our building a different color, throwing off his internal map. He found his way by the different scents of flowers and shrubs bordering the sidewalks. "You turn left at the roses, then right at the mock orange. It's easy."

I saw Bill only a few more times. We chatted about the new plants on campus.

humid stillness
in the bush
the frog's blink

Friday, May 13, 2011

The 2011 (8th Annual) Jerry Kilbride Memorial English-Language Haibun Contest

Sponsor: Central Valley Haiku Club

Deadline: In hand by October 1, 2011

Submissions: All entries must be unpublished, not under consideration elsewhere, and in English. No limit to the number or length of any submissions. Submit three copies of each haibun, two (2) copies without author information attached for anonymous judging, one (1) copy with author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for notification purposes. A first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded. Honorable mention certificates also will be given. Winning entries will be available on our website. The entry fee ($5 US dollars per haibun) should be made out to: Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer).

Eligibility: Open to the public; CVHC officers are not eligible.

Correspondence: No entries will be returned. Send business-sized SASE for a list of the winning entries. Please note that entries without SASE, insufficient postage, or that fail to adhere to contest rules will be disqualified.

Judges: Will not be disclosed until the contest winner has been decided.

Send entries to: Yvonne Cabalona, 709 Auburn Street, Modesto, CA 95350-6079.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Download our (CVHC-Central Valley Haiku Club) latest book of haibun and haiku at:

http://www.valleyhaiku.org/html/among_wildflowers.html

Sunday, March 01, 2009

empty pages
fallow fields
awaiting the turn of spring
Leslie Rose

state politics
the dog rolls in the puddle
he peed in
Leslie Rose

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

in the gate in my hand deep winter

w. f. owen

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

making Christmas cookies work turns to joy

w. f. owen

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sofia

On November 17, Ricardo and I woke to find that we had lost our beloved Sofia, our tiny, cross-eyed tabbie of 4-1/2 years. She had been in the vet's office two weeks before for a week-long stay because of fluid in her lungs. We all thought she was well (including the vet) when she was released and it's obvious she was not. She was special to us in many ways but especially because she was the only female among our family of cats. From the start, she was quite the doting mother to the boys. She will be greatly missed by us.

falling leaves
the outline of my cat's
dead body

Yvonne

Sunday, November 16, 2008

autumn hike the mud makes us taller

w. f. owen

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

tooting my own horn

thanks to all for helping me revise and submit my work -- it pays off! (figuratively) . one of my tanka has been accepted for publication in bottle rockets and a haibun in CHO for the december issue! these are both firsts -- couldn't have gotten there without CVHC.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

the ants are back
to back
in my kitchen



a letter
i imagine
your creases



on the bus
your seat, so used
to saving

Saturday, August 02, 2008

rising heat fish hug the bottom

w. f. owen

Friday, July 04, 2008

before the fireworks a parent flares

w. f. owen

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

this constant moon
my parents discuss their
burial plans

Yvonne

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

passing clouds a foul ball into the stands

w. f. owen

Saturday, May 10, 2008

picking the fruit my life half over

w. f. owen

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

the big house
he hopes to free himself
with haiku

Yvonne

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

the simple life

Part of haiku sensibilities go beyond "nature
poems." Many haiku focus on human life
that, to be sure, are part of nature, but I
think of the simpler, everyday activities.
Because haiku highlight moments, typically,
the mundane objects of life are elevated.
Modern humanity all too often rushes past
noticeable, yet unnoticed, simplicity.
Part of what attracts me to haiku writing
and reading is that it suggests mindfulness
and grounding in everyday reality.
In the past some writers have taken this
attitude to extreme. For example, one could
become an "ascetic" like Hosai Ozaki (see
"Right under the big sky, I don't wear a hat,"
Stone Bridge Press, P.O. Box 8208, Berkeley,
CA, 1993). Some of his poems:

Having run here through the wind, in his palm, hot coins (p. 37)

I know the footsteps of the sparrow walking on the mat (p. 105)

See this site for more on his book:

http://www.codeschaos.0catch.com/melancholy.html

We need not give up all worldly possessions like
Ozaki, but rather "slow down" to notice life's
simplicity. So, occasionally, I return to Ozaki's
small book as a reminder to notice more around
me, as with this poem from observing
carpenters:

bent over the apprentice straightens a nail

w. f. owen

Monday, April 21, 2008

before the cars drown the sound of wings flapping across water

--amy whitcomb

Sunday, April 20, 2008

late afternoon
the tree's shadow
leans on my car

yvonne
ascending the steps
the scent of rosemary
first warm day
---Leslie Rose

Monday, April 07, 2008

horseshoes

day moon a pitched horseshoe leans against the stake

w. f. owen

Saturday, March 15, 2008

food fair

food fair
scraping something
from my shoe*

The food is as varied as the people attending. Attire in creative colors and fabrics, every ethnicity, smells of concoctions intermingling, wafting through the throng. Booths offering samples delivered with oversized plastic gloves and hairnets never quite covering. And yet, from the mimes, to free magnets, to cartoon characters, to that guy on stilts with the constant smile, everything fits.

puppet show
she guides him
into his seat*

w. f. owen
* haiku notebook (pp. 40 & 53)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Keeping an Open Mind (repost)

Keeping an Open Mind's Eye

Part of the challenge of being a human and a haijin (haiku poet) is to make sense of the worlds around and within us. Regardless of where you live, work, or play, chances are high that you are surrounded by stimuli. Some stimuli are overt, others more subtle. The perception of these stimuli guide my actions and thoughts. They also guide my haiku. In writing haiku, I try to be aware of the stimuli and to understand the root, or essense, of the sensation(s) they invoke in me. As many haiku demonstrate, the stimuli are almost never extraordinary; they are common pieces of my natural and social environments that I capture by keeping my mind's eye open as best I can. There is no special place to look for "haiku moments" -- so look everywhere.

From what I've learned, haiku are the sights, smells, touch, tastes, and sounds of a moment in words that convey related images and interpretations. Other poems do this, too, but the haiku form does it particularly well by striving for conciseness and "show vs. tell." Because haiku is so often misunderstood or misrepresented as simple and trite, I think there may be haijin and haiku out there that we overlook. Consider the following poem, "Dust of Snow" by Robert Frost:

"The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued."

This poem, to me, expresses a "haiku moment" in a different (and arguably awkward) form. My intention is not to call Robert Frost a bad poet -- that would be wrong and ridiculous -- but rather to remind us to keep space in our days and hearts to be moved by such stimuli. I believe the important lesson is to invite and capture the images and senses of your days. ...The craft and revisions of the poems will come later.

Repost of Comments:


w. f. owen said...
Hi Amy,

Your post was very insightful. I
especially liked the last paragraph
about opening our senses and letting
the "craft" of writing come later. I know
for me the best haiku I've written merge
what I've sensed with the writing all
at once. Kind of a "eureka" moment.
It's as if the poem writes itself. Next
best, again for me, is the perception
followed closely by one or two versions
of a poem, which usually gets resolved
quickly. In any case, the sensation leads
the way. So, thanks for a thoughtful
post!

Bill

9:50 PM PDT
Mark Hollingsworth said...
Thank you, Amy.
Yes, I think there's a haiku moment in this poem. Yes, it is awkward. And it tells. And it only has one image. So how might this moment become a haiku. Maybe:

end of winter
crow on the hemlock branch
dusts me with snow

10:36 PM PDT

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

If I remember correctly, Mark led us in a workshop whereby we each selected a poem from The New Yorker Magazines provided and turned it into haiku. Perhaps we could do that again the next time we meet? Just as Amy's workshop at our last meeting was so helpful, regular poems into haiku can be quite insightful.

Whaddya think?

Yvonne Cabalona