Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Photography and haiku exhibition by Janet Keen, Rotorua Library from 3rd September to 13th October.

fantail on a branch
showing us
the way forward

  giving bread
outstretched hands
to outstretched wings

 she loves him
he loves her not
one more heart to console

evening shadows
the lonely gull

 near the boardwalk
paradise duck
begins his dance

 forest walk
ears ring
listening for bellbirds

she watches
he paces
dreaming of escape

licking a leaf
with his tongue

even in tall places
no avoiding
food at the zoo

 rising sun
the forbidden berries
appear tempting

 brief moment
before it pops
rainbow balloon

 morning breeze
daffodils nod
in peace 

soft white
dandelion seeds

 when the stone
is warm
the frog returns

 winter morning
neglected grass
lit by frost

 feathering the sky
plumes flow
from the mill

 light slices the lake

like a cake
into thirds

misty lake
divided in two
by a wharf

her eyes follow
wherever you move 

broken down car
turning to moss
at the mill

 sacred tree
points the way
to the catholic church 

 finding his way back
he wonders why
it took so long

I stay smiling
after the end

 This is my exhibition of 23 haiku in the Rotorua Public Library. 
I am asking people to visit it, vote for their favourite haiku and write their own to go into the draw to win a photo of their choice.

For those of you who can't make it, please feel free to email me some of your own haiku in response to my photos and I'll put them on this blog with your byline. 

 Here are some shots with me and various people visiting my exhibition.
Janet  Keen with haiku and photos in the Rotorua Public library
 When you run your own business you have to be a shameless self promoter
It's surprising how people will react when you put yourself out there. 

Some people will be supportive, some won't. 
In my experience it has always paid off to have a go because getting outside your comfort zone allows others to feel as though they can let their lights shine as well.

A lovely person I met in the library who chose the frog as her favourite, made me a delightful haiku to stick in the box. 
It was her first time. 
We shared a special moment in time together. 
It is my dream to run haiku sessions in schools as part of national poetry day and to welcome in the new seasons.
 I will be running a session with St Mary's Catholic School in Rotorua soon. 
We are working out the details so watch this space.

 Professional Photographer Andrew Warner stopped by while in the library to choose the one he liked best.
Andrew helped me with my black and white photography  for my Visual Arts Diploma at Waiariki Institute of Technology sixteen years ago. 
He used to work at the Daily Post and now he works for professional, award winning photographer Tracey Robinson.

The advantage of living in a small community is that you seem to know everyone.
People will endorse you if  they respect your work which is why it is imperative that you get out there,  get known and be customer focused.  

Creative Quotes of the Day
 “Haiku is not a shriek, a howl, a sigh, or a yawn; rather, it is the deep breath of life.”
Santoka Taneda, Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda

 “When composing a verse let there not be a hair's breath separating your mind from what you write; composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy.”
Bashō Matsuo

 “Real haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one's heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations—there you will find the essence of true art, religion, and science.”
Santoka Taneda, Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda

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