Stories from Seabeck Haiku Getaway, part 2.
At the Seabeck Conference Centre, the playground was filled with different balls.
Each ball made me think about the various people who attend haiku conferences.
What kind of ball are you?
1. The Hardcore. The first person to arrive and the last person to leave the conference. Usually, the conference organizer.
2. The Tetherball. Likes to collaborate. Usually the first person to propose to write a renku. Will often ask you to read and comment on their haiku. Likes to bounce haiku back and forth.
3. The Odd Ball. The person who comes up with unusual subjects for an activity or presentation. Becomes a huge success — often the highlight of the conference. Attendees will remember them many years later.
4. The artist. Fills her sketchbook, takes photographs, or makes a crankie in a few hours… When you ask them if they’ve written a haiku during the conference, they blush. No, they didn’t have time.
5. The Basketball. Usually, an academic. Classic move: will hit you with a hard question during your presentation.
6. The Hardball. Attends ten conferences a year. This “small conference” is a real treat for them since they don’t have to present. They can rest and enjoy themselves, but “Boy, Oh Boy!” are they tired.
7. The Straight Ball. This person wants to see everything, so she’s keeping a tight schedule. Always on the move. Usually, you’ll cross them in the hallway, but they don’t have time to talk, they have to go to the next session.
8. The Ghost Ball. Comes to one session or two, then disappears for a nap. Usually elderly. (We love them. We wished we could see more of them.)
9. Black and White Ball: writes both haiku and tanka and excels in both. Not sure which one she likes best.
10. The Long Lost Ball. Very quiet. Doesn’t go to conferences often. In fact, hasn’t written a haiku in years. Came the conference to rekindle their romance with the genre. Leaves the conference more confused than when they arrived.
11. The Ping-Pong Ball: you may be new to haiku, but during the conference, you will write a haiku that will blow us away — that’s guaranteed!
12. Football. Most of us. You attend conference regularly to catch up with your friends. You absorb knowledge like a sponge.
At the end of the conference your head is filled with information. Once at home, you won’t remember a single thing that happened at the conference, just that you had a good time and that you look forward to next year.
The next Seabeck Haiku Getaway will take place October 16-19, 2014.
Come play ball with us!
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