Friday, April 12, 2013

April Rain Haiga

leafing willow haiku

I am continuing to post haiga on my Instagram account every day in April, as an exercise for National Poetry Month. The whole collection is gathered here on this post. You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram also.

I am experimenting with using Phonto and the Flickr photo editor Aviary to add text so the haiku is directly on the photo. So far I like what I am getting. I wish my iPod Touch had a better camera though! Maybe I should upgrade to this.

Haiga is a Japanese poetic form developed in the 17th century. It is a combination of haiku poetry, images, and caligraphy. In old Japan it was ink paintings suggesting a connection to the haiku word images. Nowadays many poets use photography. You can learn more about the form here and here. I have been looking at other modern English haiga on these two sites: DailyHaiga and HaigaOnline. If you have done haiga before please share where and let me know how your work procedes!

Today's Friday Poetry Round up is hosted by Diane at Random Noodling . We are in the middle of a fabulous National Poetry Month with action all over the kidlitosphere linked here at Jama's blog. Enjoy your weekend!

11 comments:

Diane Mayr said...

Nice job, Andi! I use PicMonkey for my haiga, which is relatively easy to learn (compared to Photoshop or Gimp).

Bridget Magee said...

I love weeping willows! I miss them now that I live in Tucson. "Green lace" - perfect description. =)

Liz Steinglass said...

I will have to give it a try. I saw something about Skitch on Author Amok. I thought I'd use that.

Doraine Bennett said...

Lovely poem. Lovely presentation!

jillsbooks said...

Calming. Thank you.
And I love the combination of art and poetry.

Linda at teacherdance said...

beautiful, Andi. I too love the 'green lace'. Willows are so pretty. I love the links too, & will try one. I'd love to just play around with the art, too. You've given much inspiration!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

What a magnificent project! The willow is my favorite tree...and the idea of perceiving green lace is just perfect, Andi.

Carol said...

Beautiful language and beautiful photograph. I've never heard of haiga, or tried any of the apps mentioned, but you make me want to try it!

Linda said...

This is beautiful- both the photo and the poem! I love all of the Japanese poetry forms. I've never tried a haiga, but now I'm going to!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Beautiful, Andi! I'm a sucker for weeping willows. And I always think of them as being near water, so especially works for me with your "April rain" image, too.

Haiga's next on my list! I figure since I already write haiku and make art, and do some calligraphy, I'd better give it a go. So I probably wouldn't use photos and wouldn't know what other programs to suggest. I seem doomed to doing everything the hardest, most involved way possible. ;0)

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley said...

Robyn, I am sure your art would work well with added/combined haiku! If you do any computer drawing/painting that would be easy enough to find a way to add text. If you do it by "hand" you might end up taking photos of the finished work to share online. I am looking forward to seeing your work!

I am glad to see so many interested in trying haiga. There is so much exciting potential there! Please let me know if you put any online everyone!