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Poetry Friday: WE HAIKU HERE with Dave Russo

November 28, 2013

Tags: Poetry Friday, We Haiku Here, haiku, poetry, poets

Dave Russo speaks at the 2013 HSA SE Ginko Haikufest in Atlanta
photo by Raymond French

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope you're settling into some time for reflection after the big day - or at least moments of noticing between all the Black Friday sales.

In our WE HAIKU HERE series, speakers from our recent HSA (Haiku Society of America) Southeast Regional “Ginko Haikufest” in Atlanta have graced my blog. We've gotten to know poets Curtis Dunlap, Tom Painting and Laurence Stacey.

Today's guest hails from North Carolina, and if you've enjoyed the great resources on The Haiku Foundation website, you have him to thank.

At our weekend gathering, Dave and Bob Moyer led a fun and lively interactive session on "Haiku from Scratch."

Dave Russo’s haiku have appeared in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Acorn, and other journals. He is included in the New Resonance 5 anthology from Red
Moon Press. Dave organizes events for the North Carolina Haiku Society and is the web administrator for the NCHS and The Haiku Foundation.

Now, I know you saved some room for haiku. Please enjoy these examples of Dave's poetry. (Those haiku poets among you might appreciate the progression from the "5-7-5" structure of his earliest published poems to the shorter, more condensed recent works.)

All through the meeting,
your calm face by the window.
Bright, darkening trees

Frogpond, xx:2 1997

It's late, the office
almost empty. Your bare feet
whisper by my door

Modern Haiku, xxvii:3, 1997

ice melting the shape of the branch it fell from

The Heron’s Nest, June 2013

    olive blossoms . . .
the sound of a hive
    in the abbey wall

Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar for 2013, Runner Up for August

All poems ©Dave Russo. All rights reserved.

In response to the question, "Why haiku?" - Dave's words are likewise concise and meaningful:

"Because haiku can express a depth of feeling with an economy of means that is not often found elsewhere."

Amen! Many thanks, Dave, for joining us today and sharing your work.

Next week the Poetry Friday Round Up is HERE with poet, author, Issa scholar and Haiku Society of America president David Lanoue.

For today's poetic feast, please take your plate over to Carol's Corner.
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  1. November 29, 2013 8:53 AM EST
    Thanks for a little nibble of haiku!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  2. November 29, 2013 9:22 AM EST
    Perfect thing the morning after Thanksgiving, no? Thank you for coming by, Mary Lee!
    - Robyn Black
  3. November 29, 2013 10:54 AM EST
    Always something to learn here, Robyn. I read and study, and wonder if I can stop my word flow, and use such few words to create beauty, as these have done. Thank you-will be a pleasure to do Black Friday from my chair at home!
    - Linda Baie
  4. November 29, 2013 11:24 AM EST
    Hi, Linda - I'm glad you're cozied up at home today! Thanks for the kind words. Dave's "ice melting" poem has stayed with me since I first read it.
    - Robyn Black
  5. November 29, 2013 1:28 PM EST
    Like Linda, I marvel at the economy of words which make for such loveliness. Such an art form, haiku!
    - Tara
  6. November 29, 2013 5:12 PM EST
    Tara, thanks for coming by. It's easy for haiku to become addictive - reading and writing them! :0)
    - Robyn Black
  7. November 29, 2013 8:38 PM EST
    Parsimony - economy - Occam's razor - HAIKU! :) Thanks for introducing me to another great poet, dear Robyn! Happy Thanksgiving!
    - Myra @ GatheringBooks
  8. November 29, 2013 9:24 PM EST
    I love the "ice melting" poem, too. This feels like a real experience related as opposed to a desk haiku. The real almost always trumps the imagination in haiku, at least for my own writing.
    - Diane Mayr
  9. November 29, 2013 10:10 PM EST
    Hello, Dear Myra - I love the word "parsimony"! And I guess people have been trying to do this for centuries. :0) Thank you for coming by, and sending the warmest of wishes your way.

    Diane, I think so too. When I got serious about writing haiku myself, I found I could only write it from some kind of direct experience. I might tweak a bit here and there later, but the actual poem (or essence of it) is more of a gift in the moment. It's a living practice.

    - Robyn Black
  10. December 1, 2013 4:10 PM EST
    Hi Robyn. These are so lovely too. They feel different to me than a lot of other haiku of the moment--more fully worded somehow. I especially love the feet whispering by the door.
    - Liz
  11. December 2, 2013 9:03 PM EST
    Oh, I love those olive blossoms in the abbey wall - perfect for when the olives have made their way around the Thanksgiving table! Thanks, Robyn.
    - Julie Larios
  12. December 2, 2013 10:04 PM EST
    Hi, Liz - "whispering" is the perfect word there, isn't it? Thanks for coming over.

    Julie, it's always great to see your name! Thank you for stopping by. That abbey wall immediately caught me when I read it - just a gorgeous poem all around. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
    - Robyn Black
  13. December 3, 2013 9:23 AM EST
    Another wow-worthy poet! "Ice melting" is my favorite as well.
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  14. December 3, 2013 11:02 AM EST
    Hi, Michelle! Ahhh, you and I continue to have similar taste...! ;0) Thanks for visiting this week.
    - Robyn Black

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