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Call of the Page founded by Karen Hoy & Alan Summers to promote the love of words through literature, creative writing, and literacy events & workshops as well as creative team building events. Re events and workshops for families, children, and schools.
Call of the Page founded by Karen Hoy & Alan Summers to promote the love of words through literature, creative writing, and literacy events & workshops as well as creative team building events. Re events and workshops for families, children, and schools.

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Haiku and The Reader as Second Verse by Alan Summers (New Zealand Poetry Society September 2017 article)
Alan Summers https://www.callofthepage.org/about-1/ The Reader as Second Verse by Alan Summers Haiku is perhaps more so a symbiotic type of poetry than most other genres, as its very origins – via hokku – relied on a second verse to complete an internal cou...

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Second Prize for Alan Summers - The Australian Haiku Society Spring Haiga Kukai: Non Seasonal Results with comments by judge Ron Moss
photo©Ron Moss, Tasmania, Australia 2007 The Australian Haiku Society announced that it will hold a Haiga Kukai on the spring equinox 2017. Images by Ron Moss will be displayed on the AHS website and Ron will then select the winning haiku. Second Place rush...

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An article about the technique of juxtaposing images in haiku poetry.

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The Moon is Broken: Juxtaposition in haiku - Alan Summers
The Moon is Broken: Juxtaposition in haiku Haiku (plural and singular spelling) are the shortest of self-contained poetic verses, and yet can often pull from us an emotional reaction greater than the sum of the physical count of words.  This is often obtain...

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Alan Summers commented on a post on Blogger.
Thank you Mary! You are most gracious.

Mary Kendall said:
"What I like about this particular haiku, Alan, is that the picture alone dares me to focus on the contrasting colours of field and sky, moving inward into the canvas. Your haiku, however, puts the emphasis on the visitors, the crows, who zoom into (inward motion) the painting, differing in the areas they choose--sky or field. I'm not explaining this well enough, but the haiku created a major shift in analyzing the art work. Excellent piece you've created. Thank you."

I was fortunate enough to be in Amsterdam, staying in the Museum Quarter, in order to visit the van Gogh museum, and all the others. What I hadn't realised was that it was in time for the van Gogh/Munch dual exhibition too!

I forgo the first part of the launch party in order to spend time in the almost deserted usual exhibition room. I asked the member of staff permission to roam and make notes etc...

What I couldn't believe was that there was no glass covering of the above painting. I was sure my eyes deceived me! But they hadn't. I literally got to within a millimetre or two, and the detail was so sharp. There were crow shaped strokes emerging from the wheat. It really was genius.

You can see it if you zoom right into the painting here:
https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0149V1962

The hairs on the back of my neck were tingling, and I did become incredibly moved, and it was as if I somehow had a moment suspended, where I bonded with the painting.

warm regards,

Alan

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Alan Summers commented on a post on Blogger.
Thank you Mary!

Mary Kendall said:
"An excellent posting, Alan. Very enlightening."

It's been wonderful to go back and spend more time on ekphrastic writing. This post was also composed to encourage more people to have a go, in general, as well as submit work before the deadline came and went for the latest British Haiku Society members' anthology on ekphrasis.

I'm pleased to hear that a lot more people got their poems into the anthology in time. :-)

warm regards,
Alan
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