Online internet courses by Call of the Page

Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku (beginner and intermediate, and advanced). We also run workshops and courses on tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email Karen or Alan at our joint email address: admin@callofthepage.org
We will let you know more about these courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Auvers-sur-Oise, van Gogh, wheatfields and crows





    Auvers-sur-Oise
    the crows changing
    into their colours

    haiku by Alan Summers

adapted accentuated version of Wheatfield with Crows, Auvers-sur-Oise, July 1890 Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)


photograph by Alan Summers of van Gogh self-portrait showing in the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

     

Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam, the world's only floating flower market, roses, tulips, and a cup of mint tea

photo by Alan Summers September 2015

mint tea infuses
the floating flower market
becomes her one rose

haiku by Alan Summers

photo by Alan Summers September 2015

photo by Alan Summers September 2015


My wife, in the photos, showed me her Amsterdam, and the floating flower market was very important to her when she worked in Amsterdam a long time ago.

Bloemenmarkt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloemenmarkt
http://www.amsterdam.info/shopping/flowermarket/





Saturday, September 26, 2015

Alan's Amsterdam visit: Van Gogh Museum and the wheatfield crows haiku


3 photos by Alan Summers, Van Gogh Museum September 2015
Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige)
Paris, October - November 1887

Flowering Plum Orchard (after Hiroshige)
Paris, October - November 1887




                wheatfield
                 the crows changing
                  out of their colours

               
                                                 haiku by Alan Summers
                                                 Friday night, 25th September 2015
                                                 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Holland


From
Wheatfield with Crows
Auvers-sur-Oise, July 1890
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Detail: Wheatfield with Crows






photograph taken by Alan Summers 2015


Friday, September 25, 2015

Alan Summers appears in new haibun (prose with haiku) Journeys 2015: An Anthology of International Haibun by Dr. Angelee Deodhar


Journeys 2015: An Anthology of International Haibun
by Dr. Angelee Deodhar 

Cover Photograph: Ray Rasmussen
Book Design: Angelee Deodhar
Introduction to Journeys 2015: A Mix of the Old and the New by Bob Lucky
English Language Haibun: A Brief History by Ray Rasmussen
Afterword: Glenn G Coats

Available in paperback and Kindle edition



Journeys 2015 is an anthology of haibun, a Japanese genre of poetry. Edited by Angelee Deodhar, it has a total of 145 haibun, the work of 31 poets of international repute. This is the second of a series of anthologies devoted solely to printing some of the best of the poets' published works. It also has articles by 3 renowned poets. It will serve as a reference book on haibun.

From: Introduction to Journeys 2015: A Mix of the Old and the New by Bob Lucky
Introduction to Journeys 2015: A Mix of the Old and the New by Bob Lucky


About the editor:
Dr. Ms Angelee Deodhar is an eye surgeon by profession as well as a haiku poet, translator, and artist. She lives and works in India. Her haiku, haibun and haiga have been published internationally in various books and journals, and her work can be viewed on many websites. She does not maintain her own website. To promote haiku in India, she has translated six books of haiku from English to Hindi. These include: If Someone Asks: Masaoka Shiki's Life and Haiku (2005), Haiku: A Master's Selection, edited by Miura Yuzuru (2006), Ogura Hyakunin Isshu: 100 Poems by 100 Poets(2007), Children’s Haiku from Around the World–A Haiku Primer (2007), Indian Haiku (2008), and The Distant Mountain: The Life and Haiku of Kobayashi Issa (2009). In 2014 she edited the haibun anthology Journeys which featured 122 haibun by 25 writers from around the world.

Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1515359875
ISBN-13: 978-1515359876

Amazon USA

Amazon UK


Also available as a Kindle edition

Haibun:
http://area17.blogspot.nl/2014/03/rooster-moans-and-land-of-rising-haibun.html

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Europe meets Japan - Alan's Haiku Journey on Japanese Television NHK World


Great news! 
  
The video is now available on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VS36AGVI6s

Alan Summers writing while pretending there isn't a film crew in the tiny living room in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, England.

Europe meets Japan - Alan's Haiku Journey 
on Japanese Television NHK World

Broadcast times:
Monday, September 21   4:15/ 16:15/ 22:15 (UTC)
and corresponding local times on cable and satellite TV.

Alan Summers is a rare breed - one of very few professional British haiku poets. Although the tradition is rooted in Japan's literary history, Alan writes his poems in English. 

He takes inspiration from his daily life; from the picturesque surroundings of the English countryside to the busy streets of London. 

Hundreds of his haiku have been published and he has won several international competitions. With a pen and a notebook in his hand he is constantly trying to capture the passing moment.

Weblink:
The guide to watch NHK World in different countries:
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/howto/

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Call of the Page online internet courses run throughout the year including:  
  • haiku 
  • tanka
  • haibun and tanka stories
  • shahai (haiku with photography)
We also offer an 'early bird' rate for courses!
For further information, including schedule information and pricing, please email Karen: admin@callofthepage.org 
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Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominated poet and author of the forthcoming book Writing Poetry: the haiku way.   

His work regularly appears in leading anthologies around the haiku genre: Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton 2013); Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press, 2014); Haiku 2015 (Modern Haiku Press, 2015); The Disjunctive Dragonfly, a New Approach to English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press 2012); A Vast Sky, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Tancho Press 2015). 

"Astonishingly moving haiku" 
YOMIURI SHIMBUN (Japan) January 2005

"Widely known haiku poet...as dry as vintage champagne"
YOMIURI SHIMBUN (14 million readers in Japan) 
16th September 2002 (my birthday) 

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

With Words autumn/fall season of courses starts September 23rd: haiku (intermediate); tanka (beginners and improvers); haibun and tanka stories; and shahai (haiku with photography)



With Words autumn/fall season of courses starts September 23rd.  

The courses running are:  
  • haiku (intermediate)
  • tanka (beginners and improvers)
  • haibun and tanka stories
  • shahai (haiku with photography)

An 'early bird' rate for courses runs to September 18th.

For further information, including schedule information and pricing, please email karen@withwords.org.uk.  

Thank you!