Here's one of the haiga that is a favorite. Why? Because I can imagine a man and his dog, outside after a long winter, meeting up with other fresh-air starved people and dogs. It is a colorful and playful scene that makes me happy!
On The Haiku Foundation home page the announcement went:
This month’s featured artist is Diane Mayr.This is the first public recognition of my work having been done by an "artist," despite the many times I've said it myself in an effort to boost my confidence. Believe me, the outside acknowledgement is sweet.
So, how did I win this honor of being featured? I read the following in the Gallery section, "Would you like us to consider your work for a Haiga Gallery? Contact us for details." I had amassed a fair number of haiga, so I thought I'd email and see what was involved. I was certainly surprised when I got a reply that basically said, "we have an opening in two months." OMG! I was only inquiring! Now what? I would need to submit about 30 haiga. Do I turn down the invitation? Right away, the devil on my shoulder started whispering, "What a fraud, you are. The jig is up!"
It sure seemed that the jig was up, but I wasn't going to miss an opportunity that fell into my lap. I told the shoulder guy to put a sock in it!
I've never assembled a collection. How would I organize it? Was there a specific topic I could build upon? Many, many haiku collections are arranged seasonally, but I didn't want that to be the only theme. Could I do one season--autumn--since the collection would be posted in November? Nope, I didn't have enough.
I spent a lot of time going through my files and trying to find something to pin a theme on. After a while, it was obvious--animals. I had cat haiga, dog haiga, bird haiga, bug haiga, etc.
The THF Haiga Galleries collections aren't titled other than with the poet's name, but for myself I titled the collection, "Feline, Canine, Equine, Swine (and More)."
Since it is The Haiku Foundation's gallery, I eliminated small poems, but I did pick a few related forms like tanka and cherita.
I narrowed it down to about 50 possibilities.
I tried to keep a balance of animals, but of course, cats and dogs had a tendency to dominate. I wasn't always successful with the balance in the gallery. In spots you will notice I have two insect haiga together, two bird ones, two ones on walks, etc.
I tried to arrange them following the passage of a year, that is, January to December. That was a little easier, except for the ones that really didn't have a particular place in the year.
I finally asked two co-workers to pick out their favorites, so I could get an idea of what had general appeal.
It was tough making all the decisions needed! I have a heightened appreciation for anthologists like Lee Bennett Hopkins who deal with such decisions on a daily basis!
Make sure you visit Jama's Alphabet Soup and catch this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.
Congratulations! I'm so glad you didn't listen to that nasty shoulder guy and soldiered on. I love the word "amity" and how nice to see "infectious" used in a positive way. I'm off to check out more of your work in the Haiku Foundation's gallery now! Yay for you!ReplyDelete
I hope you enjoy them, Molly!Delete
This is so cool, Diane, congratulations! I checked out the gallery, and love so many of them - but 'Continuing Snow' was, for me, the most touching.ReplyDelete
That one was written in the winter of 2015 between snowstorms and after my old cat had to be put down. :-(Delete
It is a wonderful thing to be featured as you are, Diane. I love hearing your thoughts when they told you an opening is ready in two months! And love that you told your shoulder voice to 'put a sock in it'! Congratulations!ReplyDelete
It's a great old-fashioned expression that still works!Delete
Congrats, Diane! Impressive process.ReplyDelete
I think my favorite is "walk in the park."
Walk in the park is based on actual experience--imagine coming upon a peacock!Delete
Wow! That is soooooo cool, Diane. Congratulations. Am so excited for you. Of course we always considered you an "artist," but certainly understand what an honor it is to have your worked featured publicly outside the PF circle. A marvelous gallery of animal haiga, I smiled at so many of them. You are the best!!ReplyDelete
Ah, shucks, Jama. It's only because my P. F. peeps have been so supportive that I've continued for so long! Take a bow, Peeps!Delete
How cool! Congratulations...that is so exciting. I love that you told the guy on your shoulder to put a sock in it and assembled an amazing collection to submit. You are most definitely and artist extraordinaire!ReplyDelete
The shoulder guy is an expert in reverse psychology.Delete
Congratulations Diane the Gallery you are featured in looks wonderful! I especially like your praying mantis and cricket haiga's. The one you have here is lovely and lively too, thanks for all!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Michelle. Even the littlest creatures deserve a haiga!Delete
THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!! Oops - was I shouting? I am thrilled your exceptional work will reach new folks who will also appreciate it. A terrific addition to the THF site. I particularly love "first warm day."ReplyDelete
Huge CONGRATS, and I am going to keep a sock near my shoulder from now on - thanks.
You so totally deserved this spotlight. Next up, a book deal!ReplyDelete
Ha, ha! That would require work!Delete
Wow! your work is amazing. You are definitely an artist! So glad you had this opportunity and ran with it ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sally!Delete
"I told the shoulder guy to put a sock in it!" <— this is great. :DReplyDelete
Oh, Diane, do you know how happy this makes me to see you featured like this? If you will allow me a moment of motherliness, I'm so proud of you.
Thanks, Mom! ;-)Delete
Such a wonderful collection. I love that you included your coworkers in helping you pick. Such fun coworkers. I feel like that cat, fussing over one chickadee. I'm so isolated in my green armchair, that all these glimpses of a life elsewhere are quite flustering.ReplyDelete
The thought of a green armchair sounds very appealing to me. If I ever retire I will buy myself an armchair.Delete