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#3222 - Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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imithe le gealaigh   

ag na clocha sneachta -      

    going nuts in hailstones
crashing down...
a fox
-Issa, 1818
  Braon ar bhraon ó na scáthanna báistí páipéir Kyoto an cheobhráin

paper umbrellas
misty Kyoto
-Issa, 1822

    ó rinn ghob an fhiliméala - taoide thuile

from the tip
of the nightingale's beak
the tide rushes out
-Issa, 1810

    ná himigh, ná himigh, a chara, a chuaichín an tsléibhe.

don't go! don't go!
in my circle of friends
a mountain cuckoo
-Issa, 1818 The above link will send you one Issa haiku a day. The English versions are the on-going project of David G. Lanoue who hopes to catch up with Issa's outpt of c.22,000 haiku some day! As regards Issa: it's just a finger-exercise in spontaneous Irish-language versions for me. Gabriel R.  

 Gabriel Rosenstock sends news of the first ever International Haiku Poetry Conference to be held in North America. He will also be a presenter.


News from SUNY Plattsburgh

For more information contact: Michelle Marasch Ouellette, 518-564-3095, [email protected]

International Haiku Conference and Festival Coming to Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh to Host North American Debut of Global Event

PLATTSBURGH, NY (03/31/2008; 1525)(readMedia)-- For the first time ever, the International Haiku Poetry Conference and Festival will make its way to North America this summer. The event will be held at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh from July 29 to Aug. 2.

Sponsored by SUNY Plattsburgh, the Lake Champlain-Adirondack Haiku Society, and the World Haiku Club, and the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts the conference will bring together world-class poets from the United States, Ireland, Croatia, India, Canada and beyond.

Internationally-acclaimed poet Arthur Sze will be the keynote speaker for the event. He is the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, an author of nine books of poetry, a translator of T'ang Dynasty poets and a professor emeritus of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Sze will give two talks, one titled "Chinese Nature-Based Poetry, Haiku, and the Poetry of Arthur Sze" and another titled "The Ginkgo Light: Poetry of Arthur Sze."

The event will also feature presentations by the following internationally-known poets:

The first day of the conference, July 29, will be dedicated to teaching the children of the Lake Champlain/Adirondack region. Groups of middle and high school students, along with their teachers, will get to hear world renowned poets speak and will have a once in a lifetime chance to work with these poets as they write and recite their own poems.

In addition to presentations from the poets listed above, the rest of the conference will allow attendees to choose from concurrent presentations and to work in small groups, using specialized poetry forms like haiku, senryu, renku, haibun and haiga. These groups will meet daily, allowing attendees to deepen their knowledge and skills in these forms in a way that most conferences don't.

As part of the event, the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will sponsor an International Haiga Exhibit, featuring the work of an anticipated 80 to 120 visiting haiku poets, artists and photographers. Lake Champlain-Adirondack artists/photographers and poets from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Romania, India, Canada and Japan will be represented. There will also be a reception to celebrate these works on either Wednesday or Thursday night.

In addition, Penitmento Playback Theater will perform on Wednesday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hartman Theatre in the Meyers Fine Arts Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus.

Playback Theater is a style of performance in which audience members are asked to participate. Volunteers from the audience will tell stories from their lives. A conductor will help the volunteers cast actors in whatever roles are required. These roles can include those of people, places, things, animals, feelings and so forth. Then audience members will watch as the actors spontaneously act out the scenes.

Additional public poetry readings are in the works and will be announced as plans solidify.

Dr. Richard Schnell, conference organizer is striving to celebrate the area's natural surroundings with the conference. "Ba," the Japanese word for place, is the conference theme, and attendees will have the opportunity to retrace Thoreau's journey from Burlington, Vt. to Plattsburgh and on to Montreal, Quebec. They will take a ferry ride across Lake Champlain and be treated to cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and poetry on the Burlington lakefront. Those interested will also take part in a ginkgo walk through Montreal's Botanical Gardens, making a special trip to see the bonsai and penjing exhibits.

In bringing this event to Plattsburgh, Schnell hopes to cultivate regional identity.

" … we are intentionally fostering the development of a regional consciousness, expressive in the written and visual arts, celebrating our beauty, our arts, our values, our independence and our multicultural ancestry," said Schnell.

"Developing Clinton County and the Lake Champlain region into an international poetry zone, a cultural destination is quite exciting, and SUNY Plattsburgh and the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts are to be commended for their support and help."

For more information or to register for the conference, visit and click on conferences and events

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