A drop of pond (haiku by Brad Bennett)

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a drop of pond

at the end of a beak

setting sun

  • Brad Bennett, A drop of pond
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HNA 2017: cartoonist-in-residence video

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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.

It includes:

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.

The RoadRunner

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The Haiku North America conference took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from September 13-17 2017.  It was an amazing conference. I was the cartoonist-in-residence during the event and captured the conference in cartoons.

Before heading to HNA, I read a lot of Santa Fe and New Mexico. One of the subjects that fascinated me was the roadrunner.

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The roadrunner is the official bird of New Mexico. It can run up to 20mph and sometimes eats rattlesnakes.

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When I arrived in Albuquerque airport, I took a hotel shuttle to Santa Fe. A few minutes after we left the airport, someone pointed the side of the road and said: “Hey, a roadrunner!” I turned my head, but it was too late. I had missed it.

I made it my objective to see a roadrunner during my trip.  During excursions, I would scrutinize the side of the road, but it was not meant to be.

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In Santa Fe, the only roadrunner I saw was the one on the RailRunner commuter train at the station.

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I imagined Master Kawazu would hop on a real roadrunner to go to the conference. That would be a lot of fun.

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So I didn’t see a roadrunner during my trip, but I did enjoy all the haiku talks at the conference.hna17_roadrunner_senryu

View all HNA 2017 conference photos and comics.

First word of a haiku poet

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When I was a young poet in my twenties, it was difficult for me to explain to my parents what a haiku was since I wast just discovering it myself.

Fortunately, a teacher knew what haiku was. After he commented that the short poems I was writing were like haiku, he ordered a haiku book, loaned it to me, and that was the start of my haiku adventure.

When and how did you discover haiku?

don’t carry off

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don’t carry off

my haiku collection!

deer at my hut

–haiku by Kobayashi Issa (English translation by David G. Lanoue), illustrated with a cartoon by Jessica Tremblay (Old Pond Comics)

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Day 1 of the NaHaiWriMo challenge. The goal of the National Haiku Writing Month is to write one haiku a day. I decided to let Issa do the writing, and I’ll create one haiku-comic a day in February.

Michael Dylan Welch, the creator of the event, is providing inspiration with his daily prompt. The February 1 writing prompt was: “ HAIKU (write a serious haiku ABOUT haiku, which is hard to do well)”

I logged in to the Kobayashi Issa haiku database by David G. Lanoue on the HaikuGuy.com/issa website, typed “haiku” and found 11 haiku with the word “haiku” written by Issa.

I think I’ll make it my goal this month to illustrate lesser-known haiku by Kobayashi Issa (if the prompts allow it).

Enjoy!