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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:31 am    Post subject: HNA 2015: Day 4
 
Sunday morning events take place at the Desmond, the hotel in Albany that has been our retreat during the conference.

9:00 Am

Michael Dylan Welch discusses "Spiritual Freedom: Haiku Lessons from Wassily Kandinsky." Wassily Kandinsky? How many haiku did he write? None, actually. Kandinsky was one of the great artists of his time, and his book "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" is one of the seminal texts of modernism in the arts. But for Kandinsky, modernism is not a matter of art for art's sake. The value of art is, or must be, ultimately spiritual. And what about us, asks Michael. Do we write haiku for haiku's sake, or is there some sense in which we are engaged in spiritual work? Without any suggestion of orthodoxy, is it possible that haiku may be a form of prayer? Like Paul Miller's talk on day 2, and Susan Antolin's on day 3, Michael's words may be heard in dialogue with Jim Kacian's welcoming address. The word "abstract," central to Jim's thesis of the death of realism is rehabilitated as a key term in Michael's affirmation of the spiritual.

Are dreams part of our spiritual life? Dunno, but Kathabela Wilson explores how the expanse of time when we sleep, rest, nap can be used for haiku, in her "Dream Haiku Workshop."

10:15 AM

Deborah Kolodji, who knows how to run a haiku event as well as anyone I can think of, offers a presentation on "Organizing Effective Haiku Events and Workshops."

And that's it, except for the afterglow, which I still feel; the anticipation of two years from now in Santa Fe; a renewed dedication to haiku; and a deepened respect and affection for the people who write it.

Best, Bill K
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:40 am    Post subject:
 
These presentations sound fascinating. You are doing us a great service by sharing this with all of us. Thanks so much.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:27 pm    Post subject:
 
Thanks a lot, Bill, for your informative summary of HNA 2015 and for the lightness of touch that we also find in your own haiku. Very Happy

At Seabeck, I've met a good number of the people you've mentioned and have even heard some of the talks they presented this past weekend. Always interesting and educational, but a real pleasure in putting names, faces, and haiku together.

So glad you enjoyed yourself. Now rest up!

Susan
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:47 am    Post subject:
 
I am sooo envious, Bill. This all sounded wonderfully interesting.

Thank you for sharing. Very Happy
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