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Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku (beginner and intermediate, and advanced). We also run workshops and courses on tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email admin@callofthepage.org if you would like to know more about these and our other courses.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Thoughtful Raven - haibun (haiku+prose) - after Ted Hughes and The Thought Fox - Kurt Jackson and The Thoughtful Raven (Charcoal and ink sketch 2007) - ekphrastic poem | haiku | haibun

The Thoughtful Raven
after Ted Hughes, and Kurt Jackson


The raven grows out of swift strokes in a moment of midnight: 

Corvid, sublingual, 
in sixty-five vocalisations of its kind, 

from worms to whales; battlefield and gibbet; 
to an excarnation platform; 
the raven’s thought of food is foremost.

The requiem bird is a shark of the wind.

the fox’s bark
for a moment
after echoes

There are stars and stars and stars
and the raven thoughtful in its field.

The bird is glossed in purple, green and blue,
its call blunt with primary colour; 
wind and rain; and hourglass grains 
                   escaping

cemetary stone
digger bees emerge
from letters

as stars lose focus in morning light 
God is in the detail of ripples of silence
inside the caw

a knuckle in blue jeans ripped
while a smell of white forms
    out of granular dark

the writer is chugging ink
from a forearm to fingers to nib, 
the raven is done for the night.

rabbit dusk
goldfinches vibrate
across teasels

Note:
The haibun is influenced by:

Ted Hughes
The Thought-Fox
From The Hawk in the Rain 1957

and 

Kurt Jackson RWA
Thoughtful Raven, November 2006
Pencil and ink (25cm x 24cm)


The Thoughtful Raven©Alan Summers

Publication Credit: Blithe Spirit 26.4 winter issue haibun 
Anthology Credit:   The New English Verse: An International Anthology of Poetry
ed. Suzie Palmer ISBN: 9789385945694 Cyberwit 2017





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To ask about the forthcoming online course in haibun please do contact Karen at: admin@callofthepage.org



Friday, February 10, 2017

The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition for Grades 7-12



http://www.hsa-haiku.org/virgilioawards/Virgilio-contest-guidelines.htm

Deadline: In hand by March 25, 2017. Entries received after that date will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Any student in grades 7 through 12 enrolled in school as of September 2016 may enter.

Regulations: Submit up to three haiku per student. 
All haiku or senryu must be previously unpublished, original work, and not entered in any other contest or submitted elsewhere for publication. Please follow the guidelines carefully. Publication is defined as an appearance in a printed book, magazine, or journal (sold or given away), or in any online journal that presents edited periodic content. The appearance of poems in online discussion lists or personal websites is not considered publication. Judges will be asked to disqualify any haiku that they have seen before.
Permissions:
By entering the contest, you are granting permission for the Nicholas A. Virgilio Haiku Association and Haiku Society of America to print the award haiku and/or senryu on the Web.
ALSO, by entering the contest you are granting permission for the Nicholas A. Virgilio Haiku Association to print your poem in any possible future haiku anthologies sponsored by NVHA. Contestants may opt out of publication by emailing <NickVirgilioHaiku@gmail.com>. 
Submissions
New Online Submissions:
The NVHA & HSA have implemented a new online web submission process to simplify entries in the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition. We STRONGLY encourage all submissions online but will still accept paper submissions this year during the transition. 
Go to online entry form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmU-wEipEFcSJEQ3MA7f_Cb3NBfONsqV6vV3IW4EV7YSfLnw/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=send_form
Contest page: http://www.hsa-haiku.org/virgilioawards/Virgilio-contest-guidelines.htm 

History and Purpose of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association

Mission Statement

To promote the creative and spiritual exercise of writing haiku and other poetry by all - and especially by young people- as a way to encourage literacy, appreciation of nature and human nature, and the value of connected community. Also, to further the work and poetry of Camden's son, Nick Virgilio on our own and in partnership with academic, civic, cultural and other institutions and their resources.
https://nickvirgilio.squarespace.com/about/

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Selected haiku from Karen Hoy











selected haiku from Karen Hoy


All poems are three line haiku that might show differently on smartphones.


early dark
the cathedral visible
only as windows

Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Blithe Spirit Vol. 13 No. 1, (March 2003), ISSN 1353-3320

Anthology credit:
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068)

Feature:
Haiku from Wales feature: Per Diem, Wales, The Haiku Foundation (May 24th 2015)










Siena rooftops
sketching the shapes
in my mind


Karen Hoy

Publication credit: 
Yomiuri Shimbun, Go-Shichi-Go Haiku in English / Using poetic color in haiku  (Japan, 2004)

Anthology Credit:
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers  pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA





winter sleep-in— 
a stomach rumble 
from one of us 

Karen Hoy

Anthology credit:
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers 
pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA





long dry season
the last flower
a baboon snack

Karen Hoy

Publication credits:

Award Credit: Runner-up, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2004 (August)
Publication Credit: The Haiku Calendar 2005, (Snapshot Press, 2005)
n.b. the long dry season runs through June to September into October.

Anthology credit:
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers 
pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA


The Serengeti Connection:
Karen Hoy was based mainly in the Serengeti National Park as principle sound recordist and creative supervisor on African wildlife films. Films included The Leopard Son (production 1993 to 1995 and released in 1996), and Serengeti Symphony (1998) for wildlife filming pioneer and director Hugo van Lawick and the Discovery Channel.

Karen Hoy working in the Serengeti National Park on wildlife films, c. 1994. Karen says: "If I look tired, it’s the 84+ hour weeks, I don’t have ME yet."

a new month –
different seeds
on the spaniel’s ears

Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
The Haiku Calendar 2003, Snapshot Press, ISBN 1-903543-05-3

Anthology credits:
naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary international haiku ed. Shloka Shankar, Sanjuktaa Asopa, Kala Ramesh ISBN-10: 9385665332 ISBN-13: 978-9385665332 (India, 2016); Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA






crowded carriage
the breeze around
a lone ragwort

Karen Hoy
The Haiku Calendar 2003, Snapshot Press, ISBN 1-903543-05-3

A Vast Sky, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Tancho Press 2015)
Bruce Ross (Editor), Koko Kato (Editor), Dietmar Tauchner (Editor), Patricia Prime (Editor)
ISBN-10: 0983714126  ISBN-13: 978-0983714125











































insomnia
the comfort of his breath
down my spine

Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Presence (2003) ISSN 1366-5367

Anthology credit: 
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068)






Paris to Milan train
the baby cries
in every language


Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Blithe Spirit Vol. 19 No.4 (December 2009), ISSN 1353-3320

Anthology credit: 
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068); naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary international haiku ed. Shloka Shankar, Sanjuktaa Asopa, Kala Ramesh ISBN-10: 9385665332 ISBN-13: 978-9385665332 (India, 2016)








not knowing what to do
with his belly button fluff -
I put it back


Karen Hoy

Anthology credits:
‘Hidden' British Haiku Society Members Anthology 2002 Hub Haiku Series ISBN 1-903746-26-4; 
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068)






working from home
in my best business voice
and my nightie


Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Blithe Spirit Vol. 12 No. 3 (September 2002), ISSN 1353-3320

Anthology credit:
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA; The Humours of Haiku ed. David Cobb ISBN 978-0-9565725-4-7 (Iron Press 2012)








leaving his place
the heels of man-socks
around my ankles

Karen Hoy

Anthology credit:
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068) 





train to catch
shaving just a leg patch
for ripped jeans

Karen Hoy

Anthology credit:
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068)







roadworks at dawn
walking home
in my evening dress


Karen Hoy

Blithe Spirit ISSN 1353-3320 Vol. 12 No. 3 (September 2002)






in the cool of the ladies
four identical faces -
twins check their make-up


Karen Hoy
Blithe Spirit ISSN 1353-3320 Vol. 12 No. 3 (September 2002)
http://www.poetrymagazines.org.uk/magazine/record.asp?id=11692
n.b. 'cool' is a kigo for Summer

More about kigo, and about Karen's haiku:







difficult day
the rice lid rocks
from side to side


Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts 
Vol.1, No.2 August 2013





front & backpacks
who will she be 
when she stops 

Karen Hoy 

Publication credit:
Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts 
Vol.1, No.2 August 2013





Karen Hoy

KAREN HOY

Karen has been published in a number of hai­ku-based publications, including anthologies: A Vast Sky, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Tancho Press 2015) ed. Bruce Ross; Koko Kato; Dietmar Tauchner; and Patricia Prime; The Humours of Haiku, ed. David Cobb (Iron Press, 2012); and as one of Wales’s haiku pioneers in Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011) edited by Nigel Jen­kins, Ken Jones and Lynne Rees.

She was Specially Commended in the International Welsh Poetry Competition 2015; and appearances in Mslexia; Sixfold; My Mother Threw Knives (Second Light Publications 2006); Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Nature Writer of the Year competition (2009); as well as haiku and tanka in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts Vol.1, No.2 August 2013; Presence; Snapshot Press; and Blithe Spirit

Karen is the Call of the Page Course Director, as well as a tutor in her own right. In 2006 Karen founded the TV development company Gilded Lily having previously worked on documentaries and wildlife films for the BBC, National Geographic, the Discovery Channels and other leading broadcasters.

For online mentorship/courses on haiku or tanka and other related genres, or information please do contact Karen at: