Monday, February 13, 2012

February Projects

     Other than my daily haiku posting in NaHaiWriMo, I have another project. I'm also actively participating in The Collaborative Photo-Haiku Project, created and maintained by photographer Tif Holmes. Her photos have proven to be inspirational as I've posted one haiku a day and my very first tanka has been born. It may not be a very good tanka, but at least I've given it a try. I think Kathy Uyen Nguyen's daily tanka on the website has sparked some tanka inspiration on my side. I'll be posting some of her tanka and you'll now what I mean. At such a young age, she's a prolific poet! I'm starting to be her number one fan. :-)
     Why don't you check out the website? You might want to join us and get the chance to receive an 11x14 (unframed) photo with your very own haiku. Check out the details here. If you're not interested in participating, perhaps, you might be able to write some haiku worthy to be submitted elsewhere. Inspiration can start anywhere :-)


  1. Thanks so much for the shout out here with this lovely entry of yours, Christine! :) We're all on the journey to learn the various Japanese poetic forms. Not so easy, I must say! However, if you want to study tanka, there are lots of lovely places out there that feature it such as SIMPLY HAIKU journal (haiku, senryu, tanka, etc.). I can't say I'm the expert at it because I'm not. Everyone has their own style, but I can say that tanka is much less rigid than haiku. In fact, there are days when it's quite liberating for me to write tanka than haiku.

    Again, thanks for sharing your work and I'm so glad to have met you over at Tif's site! :) Maybe one of these days, we can write collaborative haiku or tanka together, or even haiga! :)

    Have a wonderful day!


  2. Oh, I believe that the Universe attracted me to you. I've been wanting to learn more about tanka. You have inspired me a lot. I've read Chen-ou's tanka, too. They are also beautifully written, but like you said each one his/her own style.

    I agree that tanka is more liberating. After all my submissions for this spring, I'll check out Simply Haiku. I've only checked the haiga section.

    Yah, why not? We can try some collaborative work together. That sounds exciting. I'll keep in touch!

    1. :) I need to work on submissions. For me, I'm really shy in that arena. I've to work up my courage to submit.

      :) Collaboration, yay! Can't wait! :) I'll look forward to it.