Haiku Northwest held its fourth annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway from October 13 to 16, 2011, at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington. Our featured guest was John Stevenson, from Ithaca, New York. Here we are Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill, overlooking Seattle before we head to Seabeck.
John Stevenson is currently managing editor of the haiku journal The Heron's Nest. We were fortunate to have him as our guest speaker at Seabeck this year!
Downtown Seattle and the Space Needle from Kerry Park, with Mt. Rainier faint in the distance.
John Stevenson beside "Changing Form," a sculpture by Doris Chase in Kerry Park.
John Stevenson investigates Doris Chase's "Changing Form" sculpture.
We caught a ferry west across the sound from Seattle on our way to Seabeck, Washington for the haiku retreat.
John Stevenson pens a verse for a rengay we wrote together on the ferry to Bainbridge Island.
John Stevenson, on the ferry nearing Bainbridge Island.
After getting off the ferry, we stopped at the Bainbridge Public Library to visit its small Japanese garden festooned with haiku plaques. Here's Basho.
John Stevenson looks at one of the haiku plaques. Or is he writing a haiku?
John Stevenson -- ah, he's writing a haiku.
Basho's most famous haiku.
The plaque for Basho's famous "old pond" haiku (bottom left) is of course right by the pond.
A haiku by Teishitsu.
A haiku by Basho.
A haiku by Ransetsu.
A haiku by Kikaku.
Zoom in to read about the haiku garden at the Bainbridge Public Library.
A haiku by Moritake. Over the years some of the haiku plaques haven't faired so well.
A haiku by Issa. This is a rare haiku that uses personification rather strongly, at least in translation.
A haiku by Issa.
A haiku by Onitsura.
Here we are at Seabeck! We're in the lobby of the Historic Inn, where we all gathered to register. What a wonderful weekend we had in store.
John Stevenson and Cara Holman, both first-time attendees at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway.
Alice Frampton, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Tanya McDonald (our trusty registrar), and Susan Constable.
Upon registering, everyone received the Seabeck Haiku Getaway weekend schedule, tide chart, campus map, and attendee list.
The fireplace at the Historic Inn at Seabeck.
Susan Constable, Alice Frampton, and Angela Terry catching up with each other.
Tanya McDonald welcomes Janet McReynolds. Behind are Barbara Snow and Priscilla Van Valkenburgh.
Firewood at the Historic Inn at Seabeck.
Vicki McCullough and Alice Frampton.
Alice Frampton brought a basket of freshly picked apples for us to enjoy.
Don't you just want to take a bite?
The sign on the Historic Inn door welcoming all the visitors to the Seabeck Conference Center. The Seabeck Haiku Getaway is run by the Haiku Northwest group, which is the Washington State regional group of the Haiku Society of America.
Our first order of business after registration on Thursday, 13 October 2011, is dinner in the dining hall. We have to keep our priorities straight!
Dinner time! Food is served family style, plus there's a great salad bar.
Our haiku posse took up four tables in the Seabeck dining hall this evening.
A HaikuSociety of America placard on the dining table.
Janet McReynolds, JeanMarie Purcell, and Leslie Rose, all three attending Seabeck for the first time.
Vicki McCullough, Angela Terry, Cara Holman, Barbara Snow, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Susan Constable, and Dave Constable.
In our meeting room after dinner on Thursday night. Every year we have a theme song, and this year I chose "Bound by the Beauty" by Jane Siberry. I handed out the lyrics to everyone while we listened to the song as a way to begin the weekend. To see a video of the song and to hear the lyrics, please visit http://www.vh1.com/video/jane-siberry/58607/bound-by-the-beauty.jhtml. We then had a round of introductions where everyone also shared a haiku.
At our first break, Barbara Snow looks at the first books set up on the book tables.
As our featured guest, John Stevenson starts us off with a reading of his haiku.
The title of John Stevenson's reading was "Three in One Haiku Reading."
John Stevenson shares a handout of his haiku as part of his reading.
John Stevenson sharing his haiku. Left to right are Jay Gelzer, Vicki McCullough, Susan Constable, Leslie Rose, John, and Angela Terry (behind John).
Susan Constable shares her haiku, with Jay Gelzer and Vicki McCullough looking on.
Time for a break! Angela Terry, Vicki McCullough, Cara Holman, Jay Gelzer, and Janet McReynolds.
Vicki McCullough investigates the book table.
Jay Gelzer reads a poem from a book of tanka by Amelia Fielden.
Angela Terry and Jay Gelzer. Angie is collecting poems (in that green "haiku hat") for this evening's anonymous haiku workshop.
Now it's time for our first anonymous workshop, facilitated by Angela Terry (holding the "haiku hat"), with Tanya McDonald as our scribe (at the whiteboard).
Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Cara Holman, JeanMarie Purcell, Janet McReynolds, and Barbara Snow listen to the haiku discussion.
Tanya McDonald helping with our first anonymous haiku workshop of the weekend. Whose poem was this?
It's now Friday morning, October 14, 2011. Reeser House on the left is where we stayed for our first Seabeck Haiku Getaway in 2008. The Olympic Mountains rise in the distance above the sound.
John Stevenson investigates a chapel on the Seabeck Conference Center campus.
Breakfast in the dining hall. John Stevenson is on the left, with Vicki McCullough, Susan Constable, and Dave Constable on the right.
Rocking chairs on the porch at the Seabeck Conference Center.
John Stevenson and Susan Constable add verses to the weekend's ongoing "Renkurama," where anyone could offer a starting verse and propose rules for his or her renku. You could write response verses whenever you wanted all weekend long.
Susan Callan and Vicki McCullough adding "Renkurama" verses.
Angela Terry, Barbara Snow, and Janet McReynolds. We're just about to start our reading from the "haiku handouts" that everyone brought (like the one Barbara is holding).
John Stevenson and Janet McReynolds at the book table. In the foreground are boxes and papers for the holograph anthology we made during the weekend (more photos later).
John Stevenson picks up papers for the holograph anthology. In addition to choosing a box (with a few different designs), we also selected 31 precut pieces of card paper to decorate 31 times with a haiku from the weekend.
Dianne Garcia and Vicki McCullough at the freebie table.
Ida Freilinger and Vicki McCullough collecting papers for the holograph anthology. You can see some of the other box designs at the lower left.
John Stevenson and Amber Karr.
Tanya McDonald already hard at work writing out her poem (31 times) for the holography anthology.
Susan McDonald writes out her poems for the holograph anthology.
Angela Terry and Barbara Snow.
Haiku Sputnik! Every year we feature poems by our guest speaker on this creation, hung from the ceiling. It was designed to hold photographs, but works great with haiku.
Haiku Sputnik hangs from a rafter to one side of our meeting room. We're really comfortable in this room with about 30 to 35 people (our typical attendance — we made it to 31 this weekend). With a greater attendance, we'd have to sit in rows instead of a circle.
John Stevenson takes a look at some of his own poems, featured on Haiku Sputnik.
John Stevenson and Haiku Sputnik, presenting 28 of his haiku (one on each side of the 14 cards).
John Stevenson and the Haiku Sputnik.
Papers to choose from for the holograph anthology (with boxes still to be picked up at the top left).
Janet McReynolds looks at the books for sale by Michael Dylan Welch, mostly from his press, Press Here.
Each year at Seabeck we ask participants to make their own name badges. This not only saves effort and expense for the organizers, but it's a great outlet of creativity for each participant. I have photos here of almost everyone's name badge. Here's the one made by Leslie Rose.
Angela Terry's name badge.
Barbara Snow's name badge. She made hers match the "weathergrams" that she'd also hung around the campus already (we had a weathergrams workshop later in the weekend).
Ida Freilinger's name badge.
John Stevenson's name badge (this was actually his name badge from the 2011 Haiku North America conference, held in Ottawa in August of 2009).
Vicki McCullough's name badge. The "Occupy Wall Street" movement was big in the news during our retreat weekend. Anyone want to scan the codes on Vicki's name badge to tell us where they lead?
Susan Callan's name badge. She incorporated her own handmade suminagashi paper (she lead a workshop for us in 2010 in making suminagashi paper, which was a great hit with everyone).
JeanMarie Purcell spared no expense in making her name badge!
Nancy Dahlberg's clever name badge.
Tanya McDonald's name badge.
Michael Dylan Welch's name badge.
Katharine Hawkinson's name badge.
Dianne Garcia's name badge.
Carmi Soifer's watercolour name badge.
Dave Constable's name badge.
Alice Frampton's name badge.
Susan Contable's name badge was rather different!
Susan Contable and her earring name badge.
James Rodriguez's name badge brought nature into the equation.
Amber Karr's name badge.
Kathleen Tice's name badge.
Marilyn Sandall's name badge — her photo taken with Haiku Elvis (Carlos Colon) at the 2011 Haiku North America conference in Seattle (just two months earlier).
Cara Holman's name badge.
“A Small Group of Like-Minded People” was the title of John Stevenson's Friday morning presentation, in which he discussed shared passions and haiku group dynamics.
Jay Gelzer, Vicki McCullough, Susan Callan, Tanya McDonald, and John Stevenson, during John's presentation.
Break time! Rocking chairs on the Historic Inn porch.
Carmi Soifer led us on our "Five-Senses Ginko." Before we went outside, she got us thinking about other senses in addition to seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting.
Carmi Soifer leads a brief discussion on our senses before we headed outside to write haiku for our ginko (haiku walk).
Carmi Soifer leads a discussion on the five senses.
Carmi Soifer leads a discussion on the five senses — and other senses.
Looking over Carmi's handout on senses.
Nancy Dahlberg, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, and Leslie Rose.
Angela Terry, Barbara Rose, and Ida Freilinger.
Cara Holman, Susan Constable, and John Stevenson. We're about to head outdoors for our afternoon haiku walk.
The Seabeck Conference Center sign (with the lagoon in the background).
The Seabeck Conference Center sign (with the lagoon and historic wooden bridge in the background).
Low tide on the sound.
The tide is out at the Seabeck waterfront.
The Seabeck Conference Center (and the Historic Inn) viewed from the wooden bridge over the lagoon.
Boats on the Seabeck lagoon.
The fall colours weren't at their peak yet this autumn, but were definitely well on their way.
Barbara Snow had placed dozens of "weathergrams" around the Seabeck campus, including this poem by Lloyd Reynolds, the originator of the idea, which is to place short poems or sayings on biodegradable paper out in the elements for people to discover. The Seabeck conference facility staff said they loved seeing these poems all around campus. We'll do even more next year!
Another weathergram by Lloyd Reynolds. He was a professor at Reed College in Oregon, where he taught calligraphy.
A weathergram with a poem by Lloyd Reynolds.
A weathergram swaying in the breeze in front of Seabeck's Historic Inn.
Another Lloyd Reynolds weathergram.
The weathergrams by Lloyd Reynolds were often remarkably similar to haiku. And haiku are perfectly suited to weathergrams.
Lloyd Reynolds promoted not only the idea of weathergrams, but also the method of creating the fold-over paper and using biodegradable string.
Discovering weathergrams around the Seabeck campus was a fun distraction all weekend.
Here you can see the location of this Lloyd Reynolds weathergram.
Spot the weathergram!
This weathergram is by Barbara Snow, who gave a presentation later in the weekend on the art of making these engaging encounters with poetry in nature.
Yet another Lloyd Reynolds weathergram.
Weathergrams are easy to make, and great fun to string up hither and yon. You might try doing it in your neighbourhood.
A weathergram by Lloyd Reynolds.
Here's another weathergram by Lloyd Reynolds.
Another weathergram by Lloyd Reynolds. These were all created by Barbara Snow.
Lloyd Reynolds arrived at a poetic structure for his weathergrams that was remarkable similar to haiku — and directly influenced by it.
Cedar and pine needles on a shake roof at Seabeck.
In the woods by the Seabeck campus is the Cathedral in the Woods.
Here's the Cathedral in the Woods. We didn't schedule any events here this year, but perhaps we will another year.
Berries in the woods.
Rocking chairs in front of Seabeck's Historic Inn.
I love this photo — such wonderful light. Don't you just want to have a seat and while away the entire afternoon right here?
A rocking chair at Seabeck's Historic Inn.
The front porch at Seabeck's Historic Inn.
Detail of a rocking chair at Seabeck's Historic Inn.
After our haiku walk, we gathered back at the Colman Center. Here's a lovely haiga by Dorothy Matthews, on display in our downstairs meeting room.
A closer view of the haiga by Dorothy Matthews.
Dorothy Matthews displayed a collection of watercolours put together with diary entries and quotations in a homemade book.
A watercolour haiga by Dorothy Matthews.
Another watercolour haiga by Dorothy Matthews.
Every year at Seabeck we have a silent auction. John Stevenson auctioned off his name badge from a haiku exhibit at the United Nations. He's been judging an annual youth haiku contest for the United Nations for many years. In 2011, he was privileged at one of these haiku events to meet "Haiku Herman" — Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Union, himself a big fan of haiku.
Nancy Dahlberg takes a look at some of the many items available at our silent auction. This auction helps us offset expenses for our haiku weekend so we can keep prices as low as possible. Thanks to everyone for their generous donations, which were fun to bid on.
A map of the Seabeck Conference Center (click the Zoom button to take a closer view). Our meeting facility is the Colman Center near the top left. Attendees stayed mostly in The Firs and Cedars to the left, and Spruce, at the top far right. The Historic Inn and dining hall are near the middle, opposite the bridge over the lagoon.
Our schedule for Thursday and Friday (click the Zoom button to take a closer look).
Our schedule for Saturday and Sunday (click the Zoom button to take a closer look). Here's the sample poem by John Stevenson:
the leaves are going
where I'm going
This handout featured three sample poems by our guest speaker, John Stevenson, plus a tide and sunrise/moonrise chart. Another handout listed all attendees and their email addresses.
A few haiga on display in our meeting room.
For this painting by Susan Callan, Susan asked attendees to write a haiku in response. Click the Zoom button to look at the text more closely.
Another image by Susan Callan for which she invited haiku compositions.
Coffee and tea service appeared after our afternoon haiku walk. Ida Freilinger helps herself.
Freebies on the freebie table included haiku handouts by retreat attendees, some origami boxes, a handout about the American Haiku Archives, and a few leftover handouts from the Haiku North America conference held in Seattle in August of 2011. Still a few of Alice Frampton's apples available too!
It was fun to pick a favourite origami box. I've forgotten who brought these!
Susan Callan and Dorothy Matthews add verses to the renkurama.
Katharine Hawkinson comes up with a verse for the renkurama.
Now it was time for the next activity, a rengay workshop led by Michael Dylan Welch. After hearing Michael's brief overview of the rengay form of collaborative linked verse, attendees split into groups of two or three poets to try writing rengay themselves. Here are Nancy Dahlberg, Barbara Snow, and Katharine Hawkinson.
Another rengay team: Leslie Rose, Ida Freilinger, and Susan Callan.
This rengay team consisted of Janet McReynolds, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, and Vicki McCullough.
Susan Constable and Dorothy Matthews write a rengay together.
John Stevenson, Dianne Garcia, and Richard Tice compose a rengay together.
Angela Terry contemplates her next verse in her rengay with Cara Holman and Michael Dylan Welch — that's my haiku notebook on the chair in the foreground (don't zoom in too close!).
Tanya McDonald and Carmi Soifer playing hookie in the hallway. Or maybe they're writing a rengay too.
After writing together, it was time to share our rengay. Here are Dorothy Matthews and Susan Constable.
Dorothy Matthews and Susan Constable share their rengay.
Tanya McDonald looks on as Barbara Snow, Nancy Dahlberg, and Katharine Hawkinson read their rengay to us.
Barbara Snow, Nancy Dahlberg, and Katharine Hawkinson read their rengay.
We had a break after the rengay workshop, and then it was time for Barbara Snow's weathergrams workshop. She had many weathergrams on display, and had all the supplies on hand to help us make our own. On the left, Susan Callan reads a few of the weathergrams.
Weathergrams created by Barbara Snow. Such exquisite calligraphy.
Barbara Snow brought books by Lloyd J. Reynolds about his weathergrams. These books are now very hard to find, so it was a treat to see them.
Barbara Snow reads some of Lloyd Reynolds' haiku-like weathergram poems. Looking on, to the right of Barbara, are JeanMarie Purcell, John Stevenson, and Angela Terry.
Listening to Barbara Snow read more weathergram poems by Lloyd Reynolds.
Left to right are Richard Tice, Janet McReynolds (partly hidden), Dorothy Matthews, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Susan Callan, Dianne Garcia, Barbara Snow, and Angela Terry.
Barbara demonstrates how to cut the paper using ordinary grocery bag paper.
Although you can cut strips of paper to any size, Dorothy liked to make them a standard size (2.5 by 10 inches). You then fold over the top and punch a hole through the top, through which you tie the string.
Barbara Snow also supplied some simple chops to decorate our weathergrams.
You stamped the chop in red ink and then stamped your weathergram to give it extra colour.
Dorothy Matthews telling us more about how to make weathergrams. Lookin on at the left is Cara Holman, and to the right of Barbara are Carmi Soifer, Angela Terry, Dorothy Matthews, Susan Callan, and Priscilla Van Valkenburgh. Behind are Nancy Dahlberg, Tanya McDonald, and Richard Tice.
Lloyd Reynolds said to let a bough or branch be our publisher, but in this case his publisher was a support column.
It was great fun to follow the advice of Lloyd Reynolds by sharing our haiku weathergrams outdoors with other conference attendees at Seabeck.
More weathergrams created by Barbara Snow. These weathergrams had all been rescused from the elements, and certainly show some pleasing weathering.
Weathergrams made by Barbara Snow, using poems of her own or by others. There's one by George Dorsty.
John Stevenson creates his own weathergram.
After the weathergrams workshop, we had dinner and then headed back to the Colman Center for our evening activities. This is the bouncing bridge near our meeting room.
Dorothy Matthews and John Stevenson on the bouncing bridge.
Time for a few more rengay before our scheduled evening activities. This is Susan Callan, Ida Freilnger, and Leslie Rose.
Susan Callan, Ida Freilnger, and Leslie Rose read their rengay.
Ah, they weren't playing hookie after all. Tanya McDonald and Carmi Soifer share their rengay.
Tanya McDonald and Carmi Soifer had just read their rengay to us. I think Carmi is offering a curtsie! Or maybe jumping rope?
Vicki McCullough, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, and Janet McReynolds read their rengay (Tanya McDonald behind them).
Vicki McCullough, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, and Janet McReynolds share their rengay.
Michael Dylan Welch, Cara Holman, and Angela Terry share their rengay.
Michael Dylan Welch, Cara Holman, and Angela Terry offering their rengay.
Michael Dylan Welch, Cara Holman, and Angela Terry.
Tanya McDonald, John Stevenson, and Richard Tice (I think John and Richard wrote a rengay together).
John Stevenson and Dianne Garcia sharing their rengay.
John Stevenson and Dianne Garcia.
Susan Constable introduces her presentation, a haiga slideshow. Behind her are John Stevenson, Dorothy Matthews, Vicki McCullough, Susan Callan, and JeanMarie Purcell. There's that HaikuSputnik behind them by the lounge to the side of our meeting room. After Susan, a couple of others also shared their photo haiga, including Michael Dylan Welch, by projecting them with a digital projector.
After the photo-haiga presentations, Cara Holman facilitated another anonymous haiku workshop, with Tanya McDonald again acting as our scribe. Each poem was written on an index card and added to the "haiku hat" (okay, a coiled green snake — on the chair by Cara). Poems were drawn at random and then written on the whiteboard. After the discusison, the poet was free to identify him or herself as the author. This was optional, but usually revealing oneself made it possible to ask a few additional questions to clarify the poem, or to ask the author how he or she felt about the suggestions, also a learning opportunity.
Participating in the anonymous workshop are JeanMarie Purcell on the far left, and, clockwise from the front, Angela Terry, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Alice Frampton, Susan Constable, John Stevenson, and Vicki McCullough.
Cara Holman did a great job leading our Friday evening anonymous haiku workshop.
Participants at our anonymous haiku workshop. This picture shows our meeting room really well. A nice lounge is off at the back. We had several tables along the windows to the left, displaying books and haiga, and more tables off the left side of the picture with freebies, and snacks, next to the kitchen.
Cara Holman and Tanya McDonald during the anonymous haiku workshop. Who's poem was that?
Cara Holman, Tanya McDonald, Katharine Hawkinson, Jay Gelzer, Dianne Garcia, Nancy Dahlberg, Barbara Snow, and Leslie Rose (partly hidden). At the back you can see where the kitchen was, and on the left you can see the piano. We really should make sure to use the piano next year. After this workshop, we showed Tazuo Yamaguchi's two-hour movie, "Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem," shot mostly at the 2007 Haiku North America conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
It's now Saturday morning. I shared a room with John Stevenson, who was jotting down a new haiku.
Here's our room in the Spruce building. Simple, but fine for our needs (with a private bathroom). We were hardly here at all, except to sleep.
Here's the Spruce building from the outside.
The Spruce building is one of many accomodations available at the Seabeck Conference Center.
It's Saturday morning, October 15, 2011. Across the sound the foothills of the Olympic Mountains rose out of the fog. It looked like we were going to have superb weather for our main day of the retreat.
The Olympic Mountains above Seabeck Bay, as seen from the Seabeck Conference Center.
What a clear blue sky! It was a little chilly, but the sun would soon make it over the hills behind us and warm things up. That's the Reeser House on the left, with the Seabeck lagoon and Puget Sound beyond.
Reeser House at Seabeck was our main facility for the first Seabeck Haiku Getaway in 2008. We've certainly grown since then, and now use the much larger Colman Center as our meeting room instead.
The Olympic Mountains rise some 7,000 feet above the bay at Seabeck. That snow is mostly left over from the previous winter, although the mountains probably had already had a fresh dusting or two this fall.
Now we're inside the dining hall for breakfast. This mosaic is above the fireplace in the dining hall.
Time for breakfast. At this table, clockwise from the left are Vicki McCullough, John Stevenson, Kathleen Tice, Richard Tice, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, and Barbara Snow (facing away).
The view to the lagoon from the front porch of the Historic Inn at Seabeck. Many leaves are still green, but some are yellow already. The leaves reached their peak colours about three to four weeks later.
Our first morning activity was another round of introductions and the sharing of haiku, since many new people were joining us for the day today. Here James Rodriguez plays one of his homemade flutes. James just joined us today, although a photo of his name badge appeared earlier since I wanted to group all the name badges together.
Nancy Dahlberg and Susan Callan flank John Stevenson as he reads one of his haiku at this morning's round of introductions.
Katharine Hawkinson, JeanMarie Purcell, and Amber Karr.
Carmi Soifer, Christopher Herold, and Alice Frampton. Christopher had just joined us this morning.
Susan Constable, Dianne Garcia, and Vicki McCullough.
Michelle Schaefer and Richard Tice. Michelle just joined us today.
Leslie Rose and Cara Holman.
Janet McReynolds, Leslie Rose, and Cara Holman. You can see that we now have more books on the book table. And out the windows you can see how green most of the trees still were. It was a lovely view no matter what.
Katharine Hawkinson and JeanMarie Purcell.
Haiku poets galore. Left to right are Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Barbar Snow, Katharine Hawkinson, JeanMarie Purcell, Amber Karr, Nancy Dahlberg, John Stevenson, Susan Callan, and Tanya McDonald.
What a great group! Left to right are Angela Terry, Carmi Soifer, Alice Frampton, Cara Holman, Christopher Herold, Janet McReynolds, James Rodriguez, Leslie Rose, Michelle Schaefer, Richard Tice, and Kathleen Tice.
Connie Hutchison (who just joined us today), Susan Constable, Dianne Garcia, Vicki McCullough, Angela Terry, Carmi Soifer, Alice Frampton, Cara Holman, Christopher Herold, and Janet McReynolds. Behind are Terran Campbell and Marilyn Sandall, also just joining us this morning. After this morning's welcome and round of introductions, we took half an hour to work on our holograph anthology poems (mostly our new folks were doing this), and then enjoyed a short break.
A little fairy encampment by a tree near our meeting facility.
I wonder if fairies write haiku? I guess they must. A few years ago I read "Spiderwort and the Princess of Haiku" in the "Fairy Chronicles" series by J. H. Sweet. A rather poorly written book, and almost entirely clueless or misinformed about haiku, but hey, it was about fairies writing haiku!
James Rodriguez and Christopher Herold.
James Rodriguez and Christopher Herold.
Barbara Snow and Katharine Hawkinson.
Ida Freilinger, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Alice Frampton, and Cara Holman (with Richard Tice behind).
Connie Hutchison, Jay Gelzer, and Susan Constable, with Kathleen Tice, Marilyn Sandall, Susan Callan, and Nancy Dahlberg behind (mostly getting snacks).
Vicki McCullough checks out the freebie table, which now has a few new goodies on it. After this break, Michael Dylan Welch gave a presentation (sorry, no photos) on "21 Haiku Lessons from A Book of Tea." He had a handout with 21 different quotations from the classic Kakuzo Okakura book, and shared extensive analysis and comments about how they applied to the haiku aesthetic. Lively discussions ensued.
Lunch time in the dining hall. Left to right are Connie Hutchison, Nancy Dahlberg, Michelle Schaefer, Vicki McCullough, Amber Karr, and Jay Gelzer. Behind are three more of the five tables we had full of haiku poets.
Terran Campbell, Dianne Garcia, Marilyn Sandall, Ida Freilinger, JeanMarie Purcell, and Leslie Rose.
James Rodriguez, Richard Tice, Kathleen Tice, and Cara Holman.
Tanya McDonald, Angela Terry, Barbara Snow, Susan Constable, and Alice Frampton.
Alice Frampton, John Stevenson, and Priscilla Van Valkenburgh.
After lunch, it was time to reveal the winners of the 2011 Porad Haiku Contest, judged and announced by Susan Campbell, while James Rodriguez played one of his wooden flutes. Tanya McDonald is on the left.
Tanya McDonald watches Susan Constable announce the winners of the 2011 Francine Porad Haiku Contest, reading from the results flyer in her hand, which everyone got a copy of.
The whole crowd listening while Susan Constable announces the results of the Porad contest.
Susan Constable congratulates Angela Terry, one of the people present who placed in the Porad contest.
Susan Constable announces another Porad contest winner.
James Rodriguez plays more on his flute.
James Rodriguez plays on his flute.
Susan Constable announces another haiku contest winner. Susan did a wonderful job not only in judging the contest, but in writing comments about each of the winning poems and in announcing all the winners. Ida Freilinger also did a great job as our 2011 contest coordinator.
Ida Freilinger, Alice Frampton, Cara Holman, and Carmi Soifer. I took this picture knowing that Cara was about to be announced as the first prize winner in the 2011 Porad haiku contest (but she doesn't know yet in this picture).
Susan Constable congratulates Cara Holman for winning first prize in the 2011 Francine Porad haiku contest.
Susan Constable still congratulating Cara Holman for winning first prize in the 2011 Francine Porad haiku contest.
Congratulations to Cara for winning the Porad Award. Here's Cara's first place haiku:
the dampened cries
of wild geese
Tanya McDonald presents a check for $100 to Cara Holman for winning the 2011 Porad haiku contest. Way to go, Cara!
Tanya McDonald congratulates Cara Holman for winning the Porad award.
Okay, group photo time. This has become one of the best traditions of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway. Katharine Hawkinson is helping me arrange everyone for the photo, which I took using a tripod and a timer so I could be in the photo.
Attendees at the 2011 Seabeck Haiku Getaway, sponsored by Haiku Northwest and the Haiku Society of America, in Seabeck Washington. FRONT ROW: Richard Tice, John Stevenson (our featured speaker), Susan Callan, Katharine Hawkinson, Tanya McDonald (retreat codirector), and Susan Constable. BEHIND: Vicki McCullough, Christopher Herold, Kathleen Tice, Janet McReynolds, Nancy Dahlberg, Amber Karr, Carmie Soifer, Alice Frampton, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Barbara Snow, Dianne Garcia, Jay Gelzer , Angela Terry, James Rodriguez, Ida Freilinger, Cara Holman, Leslie Rose, Michael Dylan Welch, Marilyn Sandall, Michelle Schaefer, and Connie Hutchison. This photo shows 27 of our 31 attendees. The others were Terran Campbell, David Constable, Dorothy Matthews, and JeanMarie Purcell.
What a great group! We had folks attending the 2011 Seabeck Haiku Getaway from Washington, Oregon, California, British Columbia, New York, and Utah.
This is what happens after you take a group photo of a bunch of haiku poets. Okay, not too thrilling. But everyone was enjoying themselves all weekend long.
Thanks for herding all the cats, Katharine!
After our group photo it was time for our "Woods and Water Ginko" (haiku walk), during which time we needed to come up with a couple of poems to enter into our annual kukai. It was cool out, but we had wonderful sunny weather for our haiku walk. Some folks headed up the hill into the woods, others down the hill to the lagoon and the waterfront.
The view across the lagoon to the Seabeck waterfront. Next year we'll have to actually use some of these boats!
Susan Callan enjoying a contemplative moment by the Seabeck lagoon.
Susan Callan writes herself a new haiku.
Connie Hutchison ponders her next haiku in the afternoon light at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway.
Newly built at Seabeck this year is the moonviewing platform.
Cara Holman and Ida Freilinger on the new moonviewing platform at Seabeck.
The moonviewing platform at Seabeck. We'll have to figure out a way to use this facility next year. Hmm, maybe we could schedule a full moon . . .
Nice to see some actual sun on the sundial in front of Seabeck's Historic Inn.
The sundial at Seabeck is right across from the historic wooden bridge that crosses the lagoon.
A look past the old Seabeck wooden bridge towards the waterfront buildings (an antique store, art gallery, variety store, and cafe).
What a great place for a haiku retreat, eh?
Angela Terry pauses while writing a new haiku.
Angela Terry penning a new poem.
Lots of oyster shells litter the beach at Seabeck when the tide is out. Kathleen and Richard Tice are looking for haiku inspiration.
Low tide at the Seabeck Waterfront. That's Kathleen and Richard Tice enjoying the gorgeous weather. You can see the new marina still under construction, too.
The Seabeck art gallery and antique store by the waterfront.
Seabeck is a small town, dominated by the conference center. It's always a great place to visit.
Seabeck Pizza, on the waterfront, has this map of the Kitsap Peninsula. Seabeck is right in the middle. To get here from Seattle, you can take any of several ferries across the water, or drive around to the south via Tacoma. I try to take a different route each time.
Turie's is a great coffee shop on the Seabeck waterfront.
Welcome to Seabeck!
I don't recall taking any close-ups of this sign before. It's a perfect picture to serve as an album cover photo. The Seabeck Haiku Getaway has become a much-loved Pacific Northwest haiku tradition.
The Seabeck sign is right on the waterfront by the sound.
Katharine Hawkinson seeks some solace for haiku writing by Seabeck Bay. Oh what gorgeous weather we had today!
Katharine Hawkinson writing haiku.
Katharine Hawkinson writing haiku by the bay at Seabeck, Washington.
Oyster shells and stones along the beach at Seabeck.
Seabeck Bay, Seabeck, Washington on a crisp October afternoon.
The snow-sprinkled Olympic Mountains rise above the bay at Seabeck, Washington.
The foothills of the Olympic Mountains at Seabeck, Washington.
Seabeck looks like a great place to live. In fact, Seabeck is where Alice Frampton lives! Her home is just out of the picture to the right.
The Olympic Mountains above Seabeck Bay.
One of the more prominent mountains in the Olympic range is The Brothers, always covered with snow or glaciers.
Seabeck Bay, in Seabeck, Washington, with The Brothers in the distance.
Katharine Hawkinson enjoying the October sunlight by the bay at Seabeck, Washington.
What a great place to enjoy the view.
Stones on the beach at Seabeck, Washington.
Stones and oyster shells on the beach at Seabeck, Washington.
A crab carapace on the beach at Seabeck, Washington.
Mountains and the sound — what a great place for a haiku retreat.
The waterfront and marina (under construction) at Seabeck, Washington.
The Brothers rise thousands of feet above Seabeck, Washington.
The Olympic Mountains from Seabeck, Washington.
A wooded trail at the Seabeck Conference Center.
The yellow building is Cedars, one of our accommodations for the weekend of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway. We had idyllic weather today, with some trees showing their fall colours while others showed promise of colour to come.
The Cedars house is a relocated heritage home now used at the Seabeck Conference Center for guest accommodations. We filled this house (and a couple other buildings) with haiku retreat attendees.
The Cedars building at the Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Washington.
On the front porch at the Historic Inn at Seabeck. Angela Terry and Marilyn Sandall.
Angela Terry and Marilyn Sandall enjoying a photo that Marilyn just shot.
Rocking chairs on the front porch of Seabeck's Historic Inn.
Details of the porch at the Historic Inn.
Details of the porch at the Historic Inn. I think this photo needs to have a haiku added to it at the bottom.
Porch rocking chairs.
Rocking chairs on the side porch by the dining hall at Seabeck's Historic Inn.
The path leading up the hill from the Seabeck Conference Center.
The path leading up the hill from the Seabeck Conference Center. Not far beyond is the Cathedral in the Woods (photos shown earlier in this photo album).
A fern catches October afternoon light in the woods.
Further up the trail above the Seabeck Conference Center.
Further yet on the trail above the Seabeck Conference Center.
After our "Woods and Water" ginko (haiku walk), it was time for our annual kukai (anonymous haiku contest). Each person could submit two poems, written anonymously. Poems were shuffled, numbered, and placed on everyone's chairs. We went around the room to vote on our favourites. Poems with the most votes won our undying respect. Kukai winners were also printed up in an insert that we added to the holograph anthologies we created to commemorate the weekend.
Scanning through the haiku for the kukai. Right to left are Michelle Schaefer, Susan Callan, Katharine Hawkinson, and Vicki McCullough.
We slowly stepped around the room in clockwise fashion, reviewing all the poems. We had to go around several times to compare and consider all the poems (45 poems in all).
No, we weren't playing musical chairs! Barbara Snow, Connie Hutchison, Susan Constable, John Stevenson (facing away), JeanMarie Purcell, and Angela Terry.
Doing the kukai two-step. Angela Terry, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Amber Karr, Nancy Dahlberg, Ida Freilinger, and Michelle Schaefer. Wish I had more pictures of the announcement of winning poems. Our first prize kukai winner was Marilyn Sandall, with this poem, a one-liner:
stepping into the woods and out of myself
Second place went to John Stevenson, third place to Susan Constable, fourth place (tie) to Michael Dylan Welch and Michelle Schaefer, and fifth place (all tied) to Alice Frampton, Nancy Dahlberg, Vicki McCullough, and Priscilla Van Valkenburgh.
Our next activity was "Reader's Block," an improvisational workshop facilitated by John Stevenson. Behind him are Barbara Snow, Katharine Hawkinson, and Nancy Dahlberg.
John Stevenson introducing us to his workshop and discussion about "blocks" we sometimes have when reading and writing haiku.
John Stevenson asked us to divide up into groups based on the number of years of experience we had with haiku. Each group was asked to think about various "snags" they had in writing and reading haiku.
We were fortunate to have John Stevenson as our guest speaker at Seabeck this year!
Each group came up with an interesting list of "snags" they had while reading and writing haiku. I love the names that each group came up with for themselves: The Babes (those new to haiku), the Alevens (young fishes), 20ish, the Snag Bags, the Snag Hags, the Teeny-Boppers, and the Codgers (those with 20+ years of haiku experience). Click to zoom in and see everyone's "snags" more closely. These are issues that can make it hard to write and enjoy haiku when you see these problems. All these things can be too much to worry about when writing haiku, and I hope no one would be intimidated by all these issues. Nevertheless, these are real issues that can make it challenging to write haiku well, or to read them appreciatively. Thanks to John Stevenson for an unusual (and challenging) improvisational workshop.
Tanya McDonald settling accounts with Cara Holman on a silent auction item. We decided to end the silent auction Saturday night instead of on Sunday to make cleanup easier in the morning. Thanks to everyone for donating so many books and other items (haiku-related and otherwise) to help us raise extra funds and keep our costs down.
Terran Campbell and Marilyn Sandall relaxing in our lounge area. Maybe all our haiku activity is wearing them out?
Next up on our schedule, after dinner, was a hands-on workshop, led by Tanya McDonald, on making homemade books and booklets. Left to right at the front table are Dorothy Matthews, Connie Hutchison, Susan Callan, and Marilyn Sandall.
Participants in Tanya's bookmaking workshop, left to right, are Leslie Rose, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Cara Holman, Angela Terry, Tanya McDonald (tossing one of her books in the air, perhaps to show how sturdy it is), Susan Constable (facing away), Nancy Dahlberg, and Vicki McCullough.
Leslie Rose, Dianne Garcia, Cara Holman, and Angela Terry.
Susan Callan, Marilyn Sandall, Connie Hutchison, and Dorothy Matthews.
Cara Holman and Tanya McDonald.
Cara Holman and Tanya McDonald. What a great lot of examples Tanya had to share.
Angela Terry stops to jot down a haiku.
Tanya McDonald shows one of the accordion-fold booklets she was teaching everyone to make.
And look what everyone made! Cara Holman, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Leslie Rose, and James Rodriguez.
Angela Terry's beautiful accordion-fold books. Now she just needs to fill them up with haiku!
Well, wouldn't you know it — we all broke into a spontaneous dance. Something about the hokey pokey and putting your best foot in and shaking it all about. Left to right are Vicki McCullough, Angela Terry, Cara Holman, Alice Frampton (ringleader?!?), Nancy Dahlberg, James Rodriguez, and Leslie Rose.
Angela Terry, Cara Holman, Alice Frampton, Nancy Dahlberg, James Rodriguez, Leslie Rose, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, and Susan Callan.
Okay, here's the "put your best foot in" part.
And "shake it all about" . . .
I think if we'd kept going, we would have started the Macarena or something. Jay Gelzer, John Stevenson, Susan Constable, Vicki McCullough, Angela Terry, Cara Holman, Alice Frampton, and Nancy Dahlberg.
James Rodriguez, Leslie Rose, Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Richard Tice, Susan Callan, Barbara Snow, JeanMarie Purcell, and Janet McReynolds.
Our next activity was to assemble the holograph anthology. Each person put his or her box (with their name with it) on their chair. Everyone had hand-written copies of a haiku they'd written that weekend, and went around the circle, adding one copy to each box until everyone had a full set of everyone's poems. We've done anthologies in various ways each year, and this seemed like something new to try. We had a lot of fun putting together this unique retreat anthology! Shown here are Kathleen and Richard Tice.
James Rodriguez adds a poem to one of the holograph anthology boxes. "Holograph" simply means written by hand, and the term is not to be confused with hologram, although a hologram anthology would surely be great fun to try too, if we could figure out how.
Alice Frampton adds her haiku to someone's holograph anthology box, with Cara Holman behind her.
John Stevenson, Susan Constable, Dianne Garcia, Vicki McCullough, and Angela Terry.
The holograph anthology for the 2011 Seabeck Haiku Getaway came in a box like this one (there were about half a dozen different designs, but this is one I chose).
On the back of each box, I glued this title card, "Bound by the Beauty," which was also the title of this year's theme song (by Jane Siberry). I think haiku poets are always bound by the beauty of the wonderful world around them!
Inside the box were all the haiku that everyone contributed. On the right are inserts I created for each box — a copyright notice, a list of attendees, all of whom also contributed to the anthology, and the lyrics to Jane Siberry's song (click the zoom button to take a closer look). A copy of this holograph anthology was also sent to the American Haiku Archives.
Here's what all the cards inside the holograph anthology looked like. Poets often decorated their papers with chops or other stamped images, with stickers, bits of other paper, illustrations, or other manifestations of creativity. The "Bound by the Beauty" holograph anthology was a great treasure to have.
A close-up of some of the haiku cards. I should have taken photos of each poem card!
After putting together our holograph anthology, we had another anonymous haiku workshop, this time led by Tanya McDonald (sorry, no pictures) — and so ended another day of our Seabeck Haiku Getaway.
It's now Sunday morning, 16 October 2011. Tanya McDonald asks James Rodriguez about his flutes, at least a couple of which he made himself.
James Rodriguez explains constuction details of his Native American flute to Tanya McDonald.
Time for another browsing of the book tables. John Stevenson, Cara Holman (facing away), Dianne Garcia, Marilyn Sandall (I think), Janet McReynolds, Vicki McCullough, and Susan Constable.
John Stevenson, Cara Holman (facing away), and Dianne Garcia.
Tanya McDonald asks James Rodriguez more about his flutes.
Amber Karr and Nancy Dahlberg.
Richard Tice adds a final verse to one of the many renkurama renku we had going all weekend. Our first activity this morning was to read all these renku. I later typed up all the poems and emailed them in a nice collection to everyone. Sorry, no pictures of the readings.
Janet McReynolds looks at the book tables one last time before we clean everything up.
Susan Constable checking out the haiku books. In the foreground are copies of student haiku collections from the United Nations haiku contests that John Stevenson has helped with for many years (not for sale).
After this morning's renkurama reading and a short presentation by John Stevenson called "A Poet's Game," it was time for more socializing. We then had a session for people to say what they most liked about this year's Seabeck retreat, plus suggestions for improvement. We then formally closed the weekend by playing the "Bound by the Beauty" theme song again. Here are Cara Holman, John Stevenson, Barbara Snow (at the back), Dianne Garcia, and Angela Terry.
Richard Tice, Susan Constable, and Vicki McCullough.
Janet McReynolds very kindly gave people copies of her poetry book, "Learning to Let Go" (longer poetry; not haiku). Here she is signing a copy for Nancy Dahlberg.
What's left at the snack table. Quite a bit, actually, but we still snacked on way too much all weekend long. Something to be happy about!
Lots of leftovers on the freebie table, too. It's always good to make too many rather than too few, and good to take those haiku handouts to other events to share with friends. Click the zoom button to see a closer view.
Tanya McDonald presents the poems from the Haiku Sputnik to our featured speaker, John Stevenson.
We were very fortunate to have John Stevenson as our guest for the 2011 Seabeck Haiku Getaway. John came by train all the way from upstate New York to be with us. We were very grateful!
Tanya McDonald starts to disassemble the Haiku Sputnik. All good things must come to an end, so we were starting to clear up before heading to lunch.
Seabeck's bouncing bridge is right outside the Colman Center, where we meet. It's been a fun addition to our weekends.
John Stevenson on the bouncing bridge.
John Stevenson bouncing along like Tigger on the bouncing bridge.
John Stevenson on Seabeck's bouncing bridge.
The bouncing bridge really does sway and bounce quite a bit. John Stevenson manages just fine, though.
John Stevenson finds one of his haiku weathergrams.
A weathergram by John Stevenson.
After lunch in the dining hall, it was time for goodbyes. Tanya McDonald and Cara Holman.
John Stevenson and Susan Constable.
Alice Frampton and her mother joined us again for lunch on our last day.
Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, Angela Terry, and Jay Gelzer. As you can see from the empty background, we haiku poets were the last to leave!
Susan Constable and John Stevenson.
What a great haiku weekend it was for everyone.
Cara Holman (facing away), Alice Frampton, Tanya McDonald, Angela Terry (facing away), and Susan Constable.
Angela Terry, Tanya McDonald, and Susan Constable.
Priscilla Van Valkenburgh and Jay Gelzer.
John Stevenson and Vicki McCullough.
John Stevenson, Vicki McCullough, Cara Holman, Alice Frampton, and Angela Terry (facing away).
Here's the Colman Center from the outside. Our main meeting room was upstairs, with the craft room downstairs. We have been very comfortable here. If our attendance keeps growing, though, it may no longer be big enough (unless we stop sitting in a big circle).
After we all checked out, a few of us carpooled to nearby Scenic Beach State Park and historic Emel House (the house where Alice Frampton grew up, now part of the state park). Here's a view of the Olympic Mountains from the beach at low tide.
Another view across Hood Canal from Scenic Beach State Park towards the Olympic Mountains. No wonder they call it Scenic Beach!
We had another clear-sky day to end our Seabeck Haiku Getaway. Another view from Scenic Beach State Park, looking west towards the Olympic Mountains.
The Brothers aren't the tallest mountains in the Olympics, but they're one of the most prominent.
Jay Gelzer and John Stevenson on the front lawn of the historic Emel House (where Alice Frampton grew up) with its superb view of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains.
Jay Gelzer and John Stevenson enjoying the view.
The Olympic Mountains from Scenic Beach State Park.
John Stevenson at Scenic Beach State Park in Seabeck, Washington, with the Olympic Mountains behind.
Historic Emel House at Scenic Beach State Park. John Stevenson on the right.
Jay Gelzer, John Stevenson, and I drove south to Bremerton to catch the ferry there back to Seattle.
We had just a few mintues to walk around before we boarded the ferry in Bremerton.
Cars unloading from the Seattle-to-Bremerton ferry.
John Stevenson and Jay Gelzer on board the ferry, bound for Seattle.
John Stevenson shows Jay Gelzer some of the haiku collections from the United Nations youth haiku contests that John has helped to judge for many years in New York City.
The view from the ferry, leaving Bremerton.
Crossing Puget Sound.
On the ferry from Bremerton, approaching Seattle.
The Space Needle dominates the northern end of the Seattle city skyline.
Approaching Seattle on the ferry from Bremerton.
The sun nears the horizon behind us as our ferry heads to Seattle.
I couldn't decide which sun-from-the-ferry picture I liked best, so you get to see both.
John Stevenson exploring the top deck on the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle.
The ferry's wake as the sun nears the horizon.
John Stevenson, with Seattle in the background.
It's a bird . . .
No, it's a plane.
Or is it a helicopter?
The light was magical on the Seattle city skyline as our ferry neared.
The Seattle skyline is beautiful at any time of year, day or night.
The Space Needle and the rest of Seattle by Elliott Bay.
The low evening sun sparkles off the Seattle city skyline.
The Wenatchee ferry waits to load before heading to Bainbridge Island from the Seattle waterfront.
Seattle's skyscrapers rise above the ferry terminal by the waterfront.
The mid-October evening sun sparkles off the Seattle city skyline.
Seattle is a great place to live. But it's still nice to have a getaway, especially if it involves haiku!
The Seattle waterfront and the Wenatchee ferry in the late afternoon of a mid-October day.
The Wenatchee ferry in front of the Seattle city skyline.
Is Seattle a beautiful city or what?
Downtown Seattle catches late-afternoon light.
Our ferry from Bremerton docking in Seattle.
The Wenatchee ferry prepares to disembark for Bainbridge Island.
The Wenatchee ferry in Seattle.
The Wenatchee ferry on Elliott Bay in Seattle.
After we drove off the ferry, we headed to Jay Gelzer's home on Lake Union. She lives on one of Seattle's famous floating houses. John Stevenson was going to stay with her before he headed to the Amtrak station in the morning to catch the train back to New York.
John Stevenson looks out over Lake Union in Seattle, near the home of Jay Gelzer.
The Aurora Bridge at the northwest corner of Lake Union in Seattle.
The view across Lake Union from the floating houses where Jay Gelzer lives.
Jay Gelzer and John Stevenson near Jay's floating house on Lake Union in Seattle.
One of the docks leading to the floating houses on Seattle's Lake Union.
Jay Gelzer and John Stevenson heading to Jay's home on Lake Union. John was able to enjoy a truly unique Seattle experience by staying with Jay in her floating house.
A water view between the floating houses on Lake Union.
Floating houses on Lake Union in Seattle.
Fall colours had definitely come to one of Jay Gelzer's trees by her floating house in Seattle.
Jay Gelzer's floating house on Lake Union in Seattle.
The waterside deck of Jay Gelzer's floating house in Seattle.
On Sunday evening, I dropped John Stevenson off at Jay Gelzer's house on Lake Union, and drove home to my wife and children. What a marvelous haiku weekend it was — the 2011 Seabeck Haiku Getaway was a wonderful success.
To learn more about Haiku Northwest and the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/. We hope to see you at next year's haiku retreat!