Haiku with Abigail Friedman, April 19

Jenni Bick Custom Journals and the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC invite you to join us for a talk on haiku with Abigail Friedman. Thursday April 19, 7:30. Discover the beauty of haiku and be inspired to start your own haiku group!

The problem came to a head one day as I was driving through Tokyo. While waiting for the light to change, I saw the following public service announcement on the side of a bus: Omoiyari hitonikurumani konomachini
 
Sympathy
toward people, toward cars
toward this town
 
Seventeen syllables. Five-seven-five format. It must be a haiku, I thought. But when I reached the office and repeated the announcement to my Japanese coworkers, none of them thought it was a haiku. I knew they were thinking to themselves, What kind of a lunatic is she? One tried to break the news to me gently, It’s not a haiku, it’s an advertising jingle. Well, I knew it was an advertising jingle, but still, wasn’t it an advertising jingle haiku?—From The Haiku Apprentice

 Abigail Friedman began composing haiku in Japanese, when as an American diplomat living in Japan, a chance encounter led her to join a local haiku group. Since then, her haiku, haibun, and writings on haiku have been featured in poetry publications around the world. She is the author of three haiku-related books, including The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan (Stone Bridge Press, 2006), as well as the founder of the SuperNoVa haiku group.

Abigail has received multiple haiku awards and in 2012, she was commissioned to compose a haiku to mark the U.S. gift of dogwoods to Japan, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to the U.S. She is the current President of the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.

Jenni Bick

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