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Haiku fans flock to Union College in Schenectady coverage from The Times Union of Albany , New York
Haiku North America draws international crowd
By Paul Grondahl Updated 10:55 pm, Friday, October 16, 2015
I love the joy this moment brings these two ladies~
Mary DiMichele of Montreal, left, enjoys the birds calls as she records Ruth Yarrow’s presentsentation Haiku with Feathers at the Haiku North America autumn conference on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union) Photo: Cindy Schultz / 10033792A
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IMAGE 1 OF 12 BUY PHOTOMary DiMichele of Montreal, left, enjoys the birds calls as she records Ruth Yarrow’s presentsentation Haiku with Feathers at the Haiku North America autumn conference on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Union … more
convened at Union Friday.
Poetic sparks flew.
It’s tempting to start thinking in haiku, an occupational hazard when one spends a morning with 130 haiku aficionados from Canada, India, Japan, Australia and beyond at Haiku North America, the world’s largest and oldest conclave of all things haiku.
They are unrepentant word geeks. Each clutching a tiny notebook. Incessantly jotting down observations.
Kala Ramesh made her first trip to the United States, 8,000 miles from Pune, India, to share her haiku and learn about the form. She showed a short documentary film, “Haiku WALL India,” about her program that replaces graffiti painted on urban walls with haiku written by hundreds of teenagers.
“Haiku has gotten extremely popular in India,” said Ramesh, a teacher at Symbiosis International University in Pune, a city of 3 million near the capital of Mumbai. She’s published 500 haiku. Two examples: “Gita chanting…/birds become/the ellipsis.” And this: “predawn/wakens/to the sound of OM.”
I have often said that many Indian people speak in poetry and here is Kala Remesh!