I love my typewriter


After our last bookbinding class, the teacher took us to The Regional Assembly of Text, a stationary store in Vancouver.

The store has a collection of old typewriters which they put to good use once a month, during the Letter Writing Club. During this free event, people are welcome to use the typewriters to write letters. Tea and cookies are served.


(They also have a zine reading room. This place is heaven!)

I asked if they sold typewriter ribbons and they did!

I took the ribbon home and quickly revived my Royal typewriter.


This old Royal typewriter belonged to my aunt. When her office moved to electric typewriters, she gave it to my dad . I typed my first poems on this typewriter.


Opening the hood.


First, a little bit of dusting and cleaning.


Transferring the ribbon on the original spools.




Can you see the red ink on some of the letters?




Time to test the typewriter.


It’s ready!

Do you own a typewriter? What model? Do you still use it?


Haiku Sansaar

Send your haiku to Haiku Sansaar, a new English-Hindi journal, and the editors will take care of the Hindi translation. Wouldn’t that be cool to see your poem translated into Hindi?
early spring
even the roadside puddle
a little brighter
            Bruce Ross
वसन्त का आरम्भ
रास्ते का डबरा भी है
थोड़ा सा चमकदार
               Bruce Ross
* * *

Haiku Sansaar is an online bilingual  English Hindi journal, presenting haiku and its related genres. We present the work of both international and Indian poets who are well-known among their own language groups but unknown outside it.

The journal’s chief goal is to foster understanding and communication among haiku poets and readers who speak different languages so that we can learn from each other. It is our hope that Haiku Sansaar will help to promote friendship in a truly international way.

 Please do have a look at this http://www.haikusansaar.blogspot.in/

 Submissions are welcome till 30th November

 please send 10 to 15 haiku in the body of the email to angeleedeodhar@gmail.com or


Previously published haiku are ok. 

Please give publication credits.

No one word  or one line haiku please.

 Please include your email id and a 100 word bio with your submission

(Source: E-mail from Angelee Deodhar)

8 clever ways to display your haiku

Here are 8 clever ways to display your haiku (as seen at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2013).

1. Weathergram: hang your haiku outside for everybody to read.

photo - weathergram(Our weathergrams featured poems from Haiku World, by William Higginson)

2. Haiku Mobile (aka “The Sputnik”), an original idea by Tanya McDonald.

photo - haiku mobile(Our “Sputnik” featured poems by guest speaker Marco Fraticelli)

3. On a labyrinth: IMG_4295 IMG_4287(Margaret McGee guided us through the construction of a labyrinth which we then decorated with haiku and natural objects.The labyrinth stayed for the entire conference, for everybody to enjoy.)

4. Flagbook (creations by Susan Callan):

photo - flagbook by Susan McCallan(Susan Callan will teach a flagbook workshop at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2014. Isn’t that a beautiful way to display your haiku?)

5. Haiku Board (creation by Susan Constable):

Photo haiku board (Susan Constable celebrates each published haiku by printing them on a colorful piece of paper and putting them on a board. She now has two boards in her office! Wow!)

6. Mini-books (creations by Terry Ann Carter):

photo - book by Terry Ann Carter

Photo - book by Terry Ann Carter

(Terry Ann Carter displayed her beautiful handmade books featuring her haiku.)

7. A crankie!

Photo - crankie

Photo - Crankie(Dejah Leger created a crankie featuring all the poems submitted at the kukai. Beautiful!)

8. Leaflets and promotional material.

photo leaflets at Seabeck

(The table at Seabeck was filled with beautiful leaflets and original promotional material)

Don’t hide your haiku in your drawers! Display them proudly!

The next Seabeck Haiku Getaway will take place October 16-19, 2014.


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What type of ball are you?

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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Travellers Dream

Watch Travellers Dream, a beautiful haiga-renku sequence by Ron C. Moss and Jim Swift on Vimeo.

“Traveller’s Dream is a renku-like sequence of haiga using a new format. Each verse links to 2 images and each image (except first and last) links to two verses.

“Ron wrote the first (3-line) verse to link to my starting image and the also provided an image to link to the same verse. Jim then wrote a 2-line verse to link to Ron’s image and also provided an image to link to his verse, and so on.”

— Jim Swift (published in Haigaonline volume 14 issue 2 October 2013)


Medea Tonight, I attended a beautiful performance of Medea (a greek tragedy written by Euripides) by Yayoi Theatre Movement.

“Yayoi Theatre Movement produces and presents work that blends traditional Japanese dance and theatre with telling contemporary and modern narratives.” (Yayoi Theatre Movement website)

Their latest production, Medea, mixes Noh theatre (with its wooden carved masks and lavish costumes) and puppetry.

Medea tells the story of a woman who killed her own brother and fled her country, after having committed treason, for the love of Jason. As they flee to Greece, Medea is deceived by her husband Jason who weds a younger woman, the daughter of King Creon


The play opens with the guttural weeping of Medea (played beautifully by Yayoi Hirano). Then the Nurse, played by Donna Yamamoto, shares with us her anxiety regarding her mistress’ behaviour: something is up. Medea is jealous and is planning a terrible vengeance.

Indeed, Medea plans to go after what Jason loves the most: his new bride and the two beautiful children Medea and Jason had together.

The transformation-dance of Medea into a she-devil was very well done.


At the end, Jason (played by Peter Hall who also plays King Creon) can only weep as Medea, carrying the lifeless body of their two children, flees on a dragon.

It was the first time I saw a Noh performance. The Noh masks are quite small. They rest on the actors’ face instead of surrounding their face like our western masks (although you can’t really see how small the masks are on the photos).

The Noh masks only cover a small part of the actors face (from mid-forehead to just under the mouth), which I thought would impair their speech, but it didn’t. The audience could hear the actors clearly.


The two children-size puppets ran and moved with so much realism, you could swear they were real children. The movement of the puppets looked realistic, especially when the children were picked up by the Nurse or Medea, crawling into their arms like they were real children.

Most dialogues were in English, including the chorus of women (singing from the balcony or the left of the stage).  However, to illustrate Medea’s alienation, being a foreign woman in a foreign land, she was speaking in Japanese, then in broken English to her children.

I really enjoyed Medea and look forward to seeing the next project from Yayoi Theatre Movement.

The performance was 60 minutes and took place at the Orpheum Annex. Tickets cost only $20, which was a real bargain for such a great show.

Haiku Hot Springs 2013


I was the official cartoonist-in-residence at Haiku Hot Springs (Hot Springs, Arkansas) that took place at the Arlington Hotel, November 1-2, 2013.

Before the conference, I asked participants to send me their bio and 5-10 haiku and I produced a personalized comic for everybody. Then, on the night of November 1 (10pm-1.30am), I produced comics on the conference.  The next day, I presented the comics and everybody received a printed copy of their personalized comic at the end of my presentation.

With a total of 22 comics, this was the most comics I’ve ever done for one conference!

 opTEMPLATEtransparentfrogsGuylan Gail Paul: “spring rain / new shoes ruined / wading in mud”

opTEMPLATEtransparentfrogsJune Rose Dowis: “sickle moon / letting the cat out / and the night in”

haikhotspringshowardleekilbyHoward Lee Kilby: “spring moon / where did it come from? / this small meow”

opTEMPLATEtransparentfrogsLiving Jewelry, by Susan Delphine Delaney


Dennise Aiello: “he heron waits / at water’s edge / a frog swims by”

comicJune Rose Dowis: “up periscope / past the fencepost / sunflowers”

comicNan Dozier: “ghost moon / in the morning sky / stale donuts”

comicDavid G. Lanoue: “power blackout / we meet / the neigbours”

comicWeb gallery, by Leta Leshe

comicRaffael de Gruttola: “lost in the lights / the high fly ball / that never comes down”

comicCrossword Puzzles, by Vic Fleming

comicPinterest, by Susan Delphine Delaney (who’s our haiku ambassador on Pintest)

comicLunch at McClard’s BBQ (“the restaurant that gave Bill Clinton a heart attack”)

comicLaughter from the heart, by Susan Julie Gonzales

comicLaughter from the heart, by Susan Julie Gonzales

comicLet’s do the twist, by Nan Dozier

comicRaffael de Gruttota: “contact lens / finding it / with one eye” (Raffael’s optometrist framed this haiku and displayed it in his office)

How to take a hot bath in Hot Springs

Step 1: shower.


Step 2: take a hot bath.


Step 3: relax.


Thank you to Howard Lee Kilby and the participants of the Haiku Hot Springs 2013 conference.


Visit Old Pond Comics website for more haiku comics. If you’d like a cartoonist-in-residence for your next haiku event, contact me.