- Haiku by Jim Kacian (after image), turned into a cartoon by Old Pond Comics
The Old Man Gloom is Zozobra, a giant puppet that people stuff with negativity – such as divorce papers. The puppet is burned during the the Santa Fe Fiesta that takes place on Labour day weekend. Wouldn’t it be great if you could stuff it with bad haiku?
a drop of pond
at the end of a beak
the shopping list
parijaat blossom . . .
as kids, we shook the tree
You just came back from a haiku conference and now there’s a pile of haiku on your desk.
It’s a good problem to have, but still a problem. I learned from previous experience that if I don’t read the trifolds I picked up at a conference right away, I never will.
In the past, I’d treat my freebies like collector’s items: I’d store them and never touch them again. But this year, after coming back from HNA2017, I decided I would read them. So one morning I took a pile of freebies and read them while in transit.
I decided to start with the Sante Fe themed trifolds. It seems a few people attending the HNA 2017 conference had already been to Santa Fe and shared their experience of New Mexico in their trifolds.
First on my list was a trifold by Kath Abela Wilson recalling her experience moving to Santa Fe with her young family, and becoming the apprentice of jewellery maker Ross LewAllen.
meeting in Santa Fe
I wear earrings I made here
forty years ago
— Kath Abela Wilson
In Keeping Time: haibun, Penny Harter shares memories of fishing in the canyon:
from abandoned cliff
dwellings ravens call into
— Penny Harter (from “Fishing in the Canyon”, first published in Exit 13)
In Santa Fe Summer of 2011, Charles Trumbull shares one-line haiku with New Mexico season words.
solstice heat a lizard scuttles through acequia sand
up the Rio Grande ill winds from Arizona
moon blazes red over the Sangre de Christos
— Charles Trumbull
This trifold by Carole MacRury features a photo of Bandelier Park and a selection of her best haiku such as:
well-worn path –
I take my memories
for a walk
In a colourful trifolds featuring Mount Fuji on one side and a zen garden on the other side, Susan Diridoni laid out her gendai haiku on strips of paper:
kimono backwards her bunraku dream
– Susan Diridoni
In Ghost Notes, Beverly Acuff Momoi caught my attention with a very original kigo:
my biggest fears
moons of Jupiter
— Beverly Acuff Momoi
In low doorways, paul m. shares haiku inspired by his visit to the Ephrata Cloisters, a semi-monastic community:
a brother’s snore
part of it
— paul m.
To celebrate its 25 years, the Haiku Poets’ Society of Western Massachusetts shared a selection of members’ haiku in a beautiful handmade card:
all these years
at the same table
salt and pepper
— Denise Fontaine-Pincine (Haiku Poets’ Society of Western Massachusetts)
In Night Mist, Jennifer Sutherland presents a series of haiku about horses:
horse and hill
— Jennifer Sutherland (previously published in A Hundred Gourds, June 2014)
In Explorations 1, lynnej finds haiku in her surroundings:
after the storm
along the shore
In Shawls of Rain, Marietta McGregor takes a humorous look at family:
— Marietta McGregor
In A Few Gourds, Angela Terry reminds us:
taking the shortcut
and missing the journey –
a map of clouds
— Angela Terry (previously published in A Hundred Gourds)
In VanKuver, Jacquie Pearce offers a mini chapbook filled with haiku inspired by her city:
wet neon city
the young girl’s colourful
— Jacquie Pearce
In What’s Left Unsaid: 125 haiku (limited edition), Maxianne Berger allows us to play and form our own haiku with her interactive flagbook:
near her husband’s grave
we both smile
— Maxianne Berger
In On the Bridge (Japan 2014), you’ll find beautiful haiga by Lidia Rozmus, and a selection of haiku by Lidia, Cynthia A. Henderson, and Charles Trumbull:
one brush stroke
— Lidia Rozmus
In by the way (limited edition, 35 copies), Don Wentworth takes us on a journey:
a poem differently each time—
the autumn sky
In Breakfast Alone, Michael Dylan Welch offers us a series of haiku about taste:
slowly I eat
— Michael DylanWelch
Whether you take the trifolds on transit, read them while curled up in your favourite chair, or enjoy them while having breakfast, my advice is to read them right away while the memory of the conference, and the people you met, are still fresh.
In case you missed my cartoonist-in-residence presentation at Haiku North America 2017 (September 17, 2017), here’s a short edited version featuring comics only.
0’00 A short introduction to Old Pond Comics
3’31 HNA 2017 conference comics
6’15: Kaleidoscope haiku-cartoons featuring haiku by Jim Kacian, Alexis Rotella, Tanya McDonald, Terry Ann Carter, Kala Ramesh, Brad Bennett.
Thanks to the wonderful audience at Haiku North America.
I had a fabulous time at the Haiku North America conference in Santa Fe.
One thing I noticed is that chile peppers are everywhere in Santa Fe. You can’t escape them. They are basically hanging off the walls (to dry). And they are in almost every dishes.
In restaurant, they often ask you the National State Question of New Mexico:
When someone in a restaurant asks you, “Red or Green?”, they want to know if you want red or green chile in your food. And if you want both, you answer, “Christmas.”
The Frommers Easy guide to Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque mentions, “The basic ingredients of New Mexico cooking are three ingredients locally grown: chile, beans, corn.”
You’d often see bunches of chile peppers hanging to dry in the city. You can buy some.
They even have chile peppers decorating the courtyard of the New Mexico Museum of Art:
My breakfast burrito (by the way, it seems breakfast burritos were invented in Santa Fe) was filled with chile peppers. It was really delicious.
One of the must-try food in Santa Fe was the green chile burger. I had to try it.
If the chile is too hot for you, it’s recommended you eat some sopaipilla, a puff pastry served with honey. It will absorb the oil of the peppers and provide some relief. Do not drink water! It will make it worse. I’m really sad I didn’t get to try a sopaipilla during my trip to Santa Fe.
However, at the conference lunch buffet, I got to try bizcochito, which is the National State Cookie of New Mexico. It’s made of lard with anis, topped with cinnamon and sugar.
We ate really well during out stay in Santa Fe. I’m really glad I got to try chile peppers, and really enjoyed them. What was your favorite food at the conference?