Haiku Workshop This Saturday 7th June, 11am-12pm

This Saturday 7th June between 11:00am-12:00pm poets Alan Summers and Karen Hoy, will run a taster workshop on writing Haiku that will draw upon the text/words/language on display in the exhibition. The event is free and will take place in the ‘Still Points : Moving World’ gallery.

In the meantime, here is a response contribution to the exhibition from Alan:

Using some of my published haiku poetry with certain key words as an example of where we could go creating haiku (plural/singular spelling) from a work of art:

In the Gallery:

Close up:


Playing with mirror and reflection, sunflower, flower, over:


A riff (or segue) for “over”:

Because the words are over various surfaces over and over again, and we also have to face things, face facts that are over…

the shape of her scowl
slides over mine
this fingerprint love

Alan Summers
Publication Credits: c.2.2. Anthology of short-verse ed. Brendan Slater & Alan Summers (Yet To Be Named Free Press 2013)


Alluding to a Damien Hirst artwork entitled Charity:

overlooked crowbar—
all the stars are escaping
to light up offices

Alan Summers
Publication Credits: Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)


Sunflower to flower…


sunflower heart
the chiffchaff sings
its name

Alan Summers
Publication Credits:
tinywords 13.2 2013 (ISSN 2157-5010)
eJournal/eMagazine San Mateo, CA : D.F. Tweney : El Camino Press

a two-spot ladybug
turns me around

Alan Summers
Publication Credits: Acorn #31 2013


Reflections off surfaces…


visor reflection—
first man on the moon
on record

Alan Summers
Publication Credits:
Dark Pens, a journal of moon haiku (1.1 2013)

in the river reflection
he watches himself
watch the sunset

Alan Summers
Publications credits: paper wasp spring/oct 1997; Haiku Enlightenment, Gabriel Rosenstock Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2009) ISBN (10): 1-4438-0521-1, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-0521-6


… to sunlight, fidelity to flower in the wind and an allusion to Edith Piaf whose nickname was little sparrow and a song she made famous was Non, Je ne regrette rien

watery sunlight-
the flower’s fidelity
with a bumblebee

Alan Summers
Publication Credits: Under the Basho Vol 1.1 Autumn 2013

little sparrow
I regret nothing
flowers in the wind

Alan Summers
Publications credits: haijinx volume IV, issue 1 (2011)

More sun…

sunlit sweat
the young vagrant
sucks a thumb

Alan Summers
Publications credits: Haiku Harvest vol. 4 no. 1 (2003); Haiku Harvest: 2000 – 2006 (Modern English Tanka Press 2007); Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)


And finally the old diary finished and starting anew for Spring…

winter sun-
leaving the farm one last time
old diary finished

Alan Summers
Publications credits: Blithe Spirit vol. 5 no. 2 (1995); sundog haiku journal: an australian year, sunfast press (1997 reprinted 1998)


Always look outside the ‘frame’ of an artwork and include what might be overlooked at first glance.

Haiku: Out of the Frame©Alan Summers 2014

Alan Summers


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