Saturday, June 26, 2010

Twilight Ginko -- Thursday, 7/8/10

Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. -- Join us for an outdoor poetry-writing session at the historic Marston House Gardens, an elegant early 20th Century Craftsman estate adjoining the north end of Balboa Park. This will be a quiet, contemplative visit emphasizing on-site haiku composition and kigo gathering.

Members of Haiku San Diego will guide you through the pleasures of a traditional ginko, giving focused attention to our own human presence in an historic landscape, and to the craft of composing "plein air" poems. The visit should take about 45 minutes, followed by a voluntary read-around of our new work at a local restaurant. We will also be collecting Summer season-words/phrases (kigo) for the San Diego region.

There are numerous canyon hiking trails adjacent to the Marston House for the more adventurous. which will require a little hill-climbing and sturdy shoes. It might become cool after sundown, so a sweater or light jacket is a good idea.

We will meet on the corner of 6th Avenue and Upas Street, located at the north end of Balboa Park (Hillcrest neighborhood). From Interstate 8, take 163 South to the University Street Exit, which will put you on 6th Ave. Park in one of the free lots at the north end of Balboa Park, or along 6th Avenue. The Marston House is just one block east. Please check GOOGLE MAPS for address 3525 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 for more complete directions.

Look for the Haiku San Diego sign.

We will repeat our twilight walks every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

July 22: San Diego Bay waterfront stroll -- briny breezes and a good photo op for historic ships.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Caravan to Pasadena - 7/17

The Southern California haiku Study Group meets every 3rd Saturday of the month at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena

Courtyard at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA

The next meeting will be Saturday July 17, 2010, featuring guest speaker David Lanoue from Xavier University in New Orleans. Professor Lanoue is a well-known haiku scholar and noted translator of Issa. []

 As always, there will be a read-around of poems to start the meeting, either your own or some you've recently read that you admire. We will also be gathering regional kigo (season words, phrases) for the month of July. Think about what is in bloom, what events are happening that are unique to the month of July, what patterns of the sky and weather characterize this month in Southern California. A few examples: Independence Day, jellyfish, Dog Star, grapefruit, hibiscus.

If you would like to caravan from San Diego to the meeting, please contact Billie at We will leave Saturday by 9:30 a.m., return around 9:00 p.m.

SCHSG meeting every 3rd Saturday of the month, 2-4 p.m. 
Pacific Asia Museum 
46 North Los Robles, Pasadena, CA 91101 
(626) 449-2742
Register at the main desk as part of the haiku group. Be sure to pick up a parking lot token.