The 2007 Asilomar Haiku Retreat: Traveling with Haiku
[Notes by J. Zimmerman]

we use the spelling Ginkoo [ginkō] for "a walk for the purpose of writing haiku. The original Japanese name is two Japanese kanji: the first, pronounced GIN, means "singing, praising, making a poem"; the second, pronounced KOO, means walking. [After notes from haiku poet Bev Momoi, who is Kanji-literate.]

2007 Asilomar Haiku Retreat: Day 1

2007 Asilomar Haiku Retreat: Day 2

2007 Asilomar Haiku Retreat: Day 3

2007 Asilomar Haiku Retreat: Day 4

2007 Asilomar Haiku Retreat: post script

Sometimes what happens after a writing Retreat is as significant as what happens during. For me, it has led to:

Flowers (alphabetical) of mid-September 2007 seen at and near the sand dunes of Asilomar

(Thanks to poets Anne Holman and Patricia Machmiller for additional flower identifications.)

Birds (alphabetical) of mid-September 2007 seen at and near the beach and sand dunes of Asilomar

Also see Natural History of Birds.

(Thanks to poet Anne Holman for additional bird identifications.)

Other Books on Haiku

Buy Essential Haiku The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa edited by Robert Hass. The past-poet laureate of the U.S.A has compiled this enthralling collection of his own essays in which he summarizes the lives of three masters and inventors of the haiku tradition in Japan, and presents the lives, the prose, and 300 of the poems of:
  • Matsuo Basho (1644-94), the ascetic and seeker,
  • Yosa Buson (1716-83), the artist, and
  • Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), the humanist.
Buy Haiku Seasons The Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World by William J. Higginson.

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