March 20, 2011
The Towson Chamber of Commerce is conducting a contest to find a slogan of eight or fewer words to promote the community. The winning entry in this haiku of civic advertising receives a $250 cash prize. As often happens with writers, that last bit really caught our eye. Alas, accepting a stipend, even from our friends at the chamber, might be perceived as a conflict of interest. But you, dear reader, are welcome to be inspired by our suggestions. Keep in mind, of course, that we avoided the predictable cliché (Best place in Central Baltimore County)
February 29, 2008
The three-line haikus took only a few seconds to read out loud, but as people read the poems off index cards at the Columbia Art Center Monday evening, they elicited thoughtful nods, a few "ahhh's" and some appreciative laughs. Haiku might seem easy, and it is often one of the first types of poetry taught in elementary school, said the discussion leader, Tim Singleton. But it can be very expressive, he said. "It is very little, but it does big things," he said. The evening, which combined Singleton's talking about the history of the Japanese poetry form with audience comments and questions, was the first of what organizers from Little Patuxent Review magazine and the art center hope will be a series of monthly art-themed salons.
February 24, 2008
The Kings Contrivance Village Earth Day cleanup of the neighborhood's open space is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29. Participants can sign in at Amherst House in the Kings Contrivance Village Center. They will receive a free T-shirt and a chance to enter a drawing for gift certificates. The rain date is April 12. Information: Hillary Bierce, 410-381-9617 or Anne Brinker, 410-381-9600. So many book clubs, so little time The east Columbia branch library's "Morning Books With Coffee" book club will discuss Don't Make a Scene, by Valerie Block, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
February 17, 2008
The Columbia Art Center Galleries and the Little Patuxent Review, a local literary and arts magazine, will present "How to Touch Spring: A Conversation on Reading and Writing Haiku with Tim Singleton," from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth. Light refreshments will be served. The discussion is the first in a new "salon" series of discussions by artists and writers being sponsored by the galleries and magazine. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.
October 5, 2007
Family poetry -- Howard County Poetry and Literature Society will sponsor a multigenerational poetry event with Jane Hirshfield (above) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Frederick Road, Woodstock. Adults can listen to Hirshfield read from her work while children take a supervised nature hike and write haiku. A reception is planned after the reading and hike. Admission is free, but reservations are required. 410-772-4568 or visit www.HoCoPoLitSo.org.
January 2, 2005
Rather than solicit New Year's resolutions, we've asked Baltimore area poets and others to contribute haiku, the 17-syllable form of verse traditional to Japan, that speak to the year ahead. Each haiku (and near haiku, give or take a syllable or two) represents a dream, a hope, a concern; for home, community, the world. Some are joyful; others reflect guarded optimism or despair. Compact and portable, the haiku below give readers a thought to carry with them on the journey through 2005.