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)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Selected haiku from Karen Hoy











selected haiku from Karen Hoy


All poems are three line haiku that might show differently on smartphones.


early dark
the cathedral visible
only as windows

Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Blithe Spirit Vol. 13 No. 1, (March 2003), ISSN 1353-3320

Anthology credit:
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068)

Feature:
Haiku from Wales feature: Per Diem, Wales, The Haiku Foundation (May 24th 2015)










Siena rooftops
sketching the shapes
in my mind


Karen Hoy

Publication credit: 
Yomiuri Shimbun, Go-Shichi-Go Haiku in English / Using poetic color in haiku  (Japan, 2004)

Anthology Credit:
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers  pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA





winter sleep-in— 
a stomach rumble 
from one of us 

Karen Hoy

Anthology credit:
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers 
pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA





long dry season
the last flower
a baboon snack

Karen Hoy

Publication credits:

Award Credit: Runner-up, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2004 (August)
Publication Credit: The Haiku Calendar 2005, (Snapshot Press, 2005)
n.b. the long dry season runs through June to September into October.

Anthology credit:
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers 
pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA


The Serengeti Connection:
Karen Hoy was based mainly in the Serengeti National Park as principle sound recordist and creative supervisor on African wildlife films. Films included The Leopard Son (production 1993 to 1995 and released in 1996), and Serengeti Symphony (1998) for wildlife filming pioneer and director Hugo van Lawick and the Discovery Channel.

Karen Hoy working in the Serengeti National Park on wildlife films, c. 1994. Karen says: "If I look tired, it’s the 84+ hour weeks, I don’t have ME yet."

a new month –
different seeds
on the spaniel’s ears

Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
The Haiku Calendar 2003, Snapshot Press, ISBN 1-903543-05-3

Anthology credits:
naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary international haiku ed. Shloka Shankar, Sanjuktaa Asopa, Kala Ramesh ISBN-10: 9385665332 ISBN-13: 978-9385665332 (India, 2016); Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA






crowded carriage
the breeze around
a lone ragwort

Karen Hoy
The Haiku Calendar 2003, Snapshot Press, ISBN 1-903543-05-3

A Vast Sky, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Tancho Press 2015)
Bruce Ross (Editor), Koko Kato (Editor), Dietmar Tauchner (Editor), Patricia Prime (Editor)
ISBN-10: 0983714126  ISBN-13: 978-0983714125











































insomnia
the comfort of his breath
down my spine

Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Presence (2003) ISSN 1366-5367

Anthology credit: 
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068)






Paris to Milan train
the baby cries
in every language


Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Blithe Spirit Vol. 19 No.4 (December 2009), ISSN 1353-3320

Anthology credit: 
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068); naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary international haiku ed. Shloka Shankar, Sanjuktaa Asopa, Kala Ramesh ISBN-10: 9385665332 ISBN-13: 978-9385665332 (India, 2016)








not knowing what to do
with his belly button fluff -
I put it back


Karen Hoy

Anthology credits:
‘Hidden' British Haiku Society Members Anthology 2002 Hub Haiku Series ISBN 1-903746-26-4; 
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068)






working from home
in my best business voice
and my nightie


Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Blithe Spirit Vol. 12 No. 3 (September 2002), ISSN 1353-3320

Anthology credit:
Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends 
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010) ed. Michael Dylan Welch & Alan Summers pub. PRESS HERE  Sammamish, Washington USA; The Humours of Haiku ed. David Cobb ISBN 978-0-9565725-4-7 (Iron Press 2012)








leaving his place
the heels of man-socks
around my ankles

Karen Hoy

Anthology credit:
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068) 





train to catch
shaving just a leg patch
for ripped jeans

Karen Hoy

Anthology credit:
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011, ISBN: 9781848513068)







roadworks at dawn
walking home
in my evening dress


Karen Hoy

Blithe Spirit ISSN 1353-3320 Vol. 12 No. 3 (September 2002)






in the cool of the ladies
four identical faces -
twins check their make-up


Karen Hoy
Blithe Spirit ISSN 1353-3320 Vol. 12 No. 3 (September 2002)
http://www.poetrymagazines.org.uk/magazine/record.asp?id=11692
n.b. 'cool' is a kigo for Summer

More about kigo, and about Karen's haiku:







difficult day
the rice lid rocks
from side to side


Karen Hoy

Publication credit:
Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts 
Vol.1, No.2 August 2013





front & backpacks
who will she be 
when she stops 

Karen Hoy 

Publication credit:
Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts 
Vol.1, No.2 August 2013





Karen Hoy

KAREN HOY

Karen has been published in a number of hai­ku-based publications, including anthologies: A Vast Sky, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Tancho Press 2015) ed. Bruce Ross; Koko Kato; Dietmar Tauchner; and Patricia Prime; The Humours of Haiku, ed. David Cobb (Iron Press, 2012); and as one of Wales’s haiku pioneers in Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011) edited by Nigel Jen­kins, Ken Jones and Lynne Rees.

She was Specially Commended in the International Welsh Poetry Competition 2015; and appearances in Mslexia; Sixfold; My Mother Threw Knives (Second Light Publications 2006); Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Nature Writer of the Year competition (2009); as well as haiku and tanka in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts Vol.1, No.2 August 2013; Presence; Snapshot Press; and Blithe Spirit

Karen is the Call of the Page Course Director, as well as a tutor in her own right. In 2006 Karen founded the TV development company Gilded Lily having previously worked on documentaries and wildlife films for the BBC, National Geographic, the Discovery Channels and other leading broadcasters.

For online mentorship/courses on haiku or tanka and other related genres, or information please do contact Karen at:






Sunday, January 15, 2017

The online intermediate haiku course starts February 2017

New!

The online intermediate haiku course for starting 2017 off with a bang!  


LEVEL:  Suitable for those who have already started out writing haiku.

GROUP SIZE: up to 6.

START DATE (for receipt of materials):  Thursday 2nd February 2017

EARLY BIRD COST: £80 or US$105 (if paying by Thursday 26th January 2017)

FULL COST: £95 or US$125 


BOOKING: your place is immediately confirmed when we receive your payment via PayPal to alan@withwords.org.uk.

We will confirm confirmation of your payment and place on the course.

If you need further information please contact Karen at: admin@callofthepage.org






Our Intermediate Haiku Course:
  
Haiku (plural and singular spelling) are the shortest of all short verses, with an intended arrangement of words to draw on an emotional reaction from a reader. The intention is to create an effect far greater than the sum of the actual number of words used.

“…a haiku often juxtaposes two [different] objects and challenges the reader to make an imaginary connection between them.”
From the Preface viii, Light Verse from the Floating World by Makoto Ueda
Columbia University Press, New York 1999

Traditionally haiku are rooted in the seasons, and half the poem is written by adding a season. But haiku are also ideal for both nature and urban observations, and as a kind of short-hand for remembering events. 

Haiku can also make for excellent ecological and environmental writing, as well as being highly therapeutic. 

Plus they can also work out both our ‘right’ and the ‘left’ side of the brain which is a useful exercise to help stave off memory deterioration.

Haiku is like a Golden Thread and this course will help you find it throughout our time together.

More about the online intermediate haiku course

This haiku course for up to six participants is suitable for those with experience of either creative writing or haiku already. Participants have three sessions over two months where they submit three poems each time (total 9 poems).  In the second and third submissions there is also an opportunity to submit a rewritten poem for further comment.  The course ends with an optional 20 minute phone or Skype chat with Alan to answer any outstanding questions about haiku in general or the student's work.

More about Alan Summers, your workshop leader:

His latest book Writing Poetry: The Haiku Way is due out later in 2017.

More about Karen Hoy, the course organiser:
http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/selected-haiku-from-karen-hoy.html


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Also available throughout each year is our popular individual feedbacks when you want fast feedback for a magazine or competition, or collection:

Feedback on your haiku on a one-to-one basis at any time, minimum total booking ninety minutes which can be spread over a period of submissions.

If you wish to book a block of hours (for instance for help with editing/creating a collection) then price reductions start with four hour bookings.


Collections with themes:
Themocracy: The Themocrats and their Concept Albums
Four book reviews by Alan Summers of writers who weave theme: http://haikureality.theartofhaiku.com/bookrew69.htm 



Call of the Page, formerly known as With Words, will be starting more of its 2017 range of courses based around haiku and related genres later in the New Year/Spring.

Call of the Page, formerly known as With Words.
We have been running online courses in haiku (and related genres) since June 2009, and day schools and residential in-person courses at various venues since 1999. 

Alan regularly has participants on his courses from around the world including USA; Canada; New Zealand; Australia; Singapore; Europe; U.K.; India etc…

"Thank you for your feed back. You make things seem so clear ...  So enjoyed reading the others' work too."  MB

"I have enjoyed the course tremendously and know that I will return to Alan's notes frequently as I continue to write tanka."  J

This course has been a really great experience for me. I have absorbed all the feedback and it has had an important impact on my writing.  I agree with everything Alan has said regarding my haiku and it is amazing that Alan has put his finger on every little shade and "flaw" of my haiku in such a detailed way.”  ML

“Trying to distil very personal moments and memories into a few lines is something I have never attempted before, in fact never thought of before - and for that I thank you.”  AS

“Hi Alan - thanks so much for this … I really had no idea there was so much to this art, and I'm completely fascinated. Your comments are extremely perceptive.”  MK




Alan Summers: Bio

Alan is Lead Tutor of the new organization Call of the Page, an international provider of literature, education and literacy projects, formerly known as With Words.

Just this January (2017) he became the new President of UHTS:









































For a more extensive biography see:
http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/happy-new-year-and-brand-new-honour.html

His latest book Writing Poetry: The Haiku Way is due out later in 2017.


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