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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Donating to the American Haiku Archives


How to Donate to the American Haiku Archives

The American Haiku Archives would not exist without the generous donation of books, papers, and other materials from interested individuals and groups. If you are considering a donation of your haiku materials, or materials from an estate for which you are a family member, friend, or an executor, the following guidance covers how to make a donation and the forms to include, and explains potential tax benefits.

Don’t throw away any haiku-related materials

When the American Haiku Archives began in 1996, Dr. Kevin Starr, the state librarian at the California State Library, said, “if in doubt, donate it —let history decide its value.” This remains the approach the American Haiku Archives promotes in preserving materials relating to the art and lives of haiku poets, scholars, and translators who might wish to donate materials to the archives. It is better to donate materials rather than to toss something that might be of value. Books are the most prominent items to donate (if we do not already have them), but private correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, journals, photographs, recordings, press clippings, and artwork (all relating to haiku) are also welcome. Some degree of biographical material and material not directly related to haiku or other poetry is also welcome if it helps to give a picture of the life of a particular haiku poet.

If the cost of shipping materials is a hindrance, please contact anyone on the AHA advisory board to see if financial assistance might be available. While we may not be able to provide financial assistance for shipping, we would rather know about your situation than to lose an historically valuable donation. The American Haiku Archives is not able to purchase collections, libraries, or papers, but may be able to raise funds needed to ship materials that would otherwise be lost or destroyed.

If you are uncertain as to the historical value of the materials under your care, or might need financial assistance to cover the shipping of materials to the archives, please contact the advisory board for guidance.

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I'm not usually a fan of most things Amerikan, but the American Haiku Archives does seem like one worthwhile institution in that benighted country. For several years I've made donations to these archives in the dead of winter. January is a good time to sort through my hundreds, perhaps thousands, of haiku books, chapbooks, anthologies, correspondence and ephemera for my annual donations. Below is the current list of my own work. I've also donated material by other haijin, so you might want to check the listings yourself, and then consider donating. 

Title: Eel Pie Island Dharma : a hippie memoir/haibun / Author: Faiers, Chris. Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: Brighton, Ontario : Hidden Brook Press, [2012] Description: 119 pages ;  23 cm
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Title: Crossing lines : poets who came to Canada in the Vietnam War era / Author: Briesmaster, Allan, editor. Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: Hamilton, ON : Seraphim Editions, 2008. Description: 256 pages ;  23 cm
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Title: ZenRiver poems & haibun / Author: Faiers, Chris. Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: [Brighton, Ontario] : Hidden Brook Press, [2008] Description: xiii, 58 pages ;  21 cm
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Title: Haiku Canada : 15th anniversary holograph anthology / Author: Fraticelli, Marco, 1945- Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: [Aylmer, Quebec? : Haiku Canada, 1996] Description: 28 sheets in box :  ill. ;  11 x 18 cm.
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Title: Silenced spring : 1991 Haiku Canada member’s anthology / Author: Burch, Brian. Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: Aylmer, Quebec? : Haiku Canada, c1991. Description: 35 p. ;  11 x 13 cm.
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Title: Cricket formations. Author: Faiers, Chris. Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: 1990. Description: 18 p. ;  22 cm.
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Title: Eel pie dharma : a novella/haibun / Author: Faiers, Chris. Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: Toronto : Unfinished Monument Press, 1990. Description: 58 leaves ;  28 cm.
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Title: Special delivery : Haiku Canada 1987-88 members’ anthology / Author: Avis, Nick, 1957- Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: Aylmer, Quebec : Haiku Canada, c1988. Description: 49 p. :  ill. ;  11 x 14 cm.
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Title: Voices / Author: McKay, Anne, 1932- Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: Aylmer, Quebec : Haiku Canada, c1988. Description: 47 p. ;  11 x 17 cm.
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Title: Haiku Canada : 10th anniversary holograph anthology / Author: Fraticelli, Marco, 1945- Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: [Aylmer, Quebec? : Haiku Canada, 1987] Description: 45 sheets in box :  ill. ;  14 x 21 cm.
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Title: Foot through the ceiling : poems & haiku / Author: Faiers, Chris. Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: Toronto : Aya Press, c1986. Description: 77 p. ;  23 cm.
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Title: Sleeping in ruins : haiku and senryu, 1968-1980 / Author: Faiers, Chris. Locations: Show Locations
Imprint: Toronto : Unfinished Monument Press, 1981. Description: 12 p. ;  23 cm.
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Hi Allan,

Thanks for the kind response  :  )  Yep,  "Crossing Lines" is in the AHA archives, as well as a lot of other items I've donated over the years. I sent the link to the post to some Canuck haijin, and I'm pleased to learn Haiku Canada's archives may soon be headed for a permanent home in a professional B.C. library. For years they were in someone's basement or similarly inappropriate and inaccessible storage.

I'm fine, but perhaps a bit bored and missing big city life after almost 3 decades out here on the edge of The Shield. I trust you, Holly and Clara are doing well also? As a former hippie and rebellious survivor of the 1960s, I never planned to live to age 70, which somehow crept up on me last summer! Despite a bohemian lifestyle, I'm still fit and hardy, at least so far as I'm aware. I just got back from a 1 1/2 hour hike on a very remote part of the trans-Canada trail a few mins ago. It's around minus 11 but very bright and sunny, and the only tracks on the trail where I hiked were of other wild beings, some a bit scary  :  ) Even the 4 wheelers and snowmobilers haven't been out there yet.  

Good luck with decluttering your library. One good thing about doing this is all the memories which are evoked. Also I feel freer with fewer literary ghosts left hovering around my house. When I make my next trek to TO I'll make sure to contact you - hopefully for a dinner in Little India or at 3 Seasons Hanoi!

peace & poetry power!

Monday, 7 January 2019

sighting of Ontario cougar/panther

I grew up in Dade County, and used to hunt the edge of the Glades with my dad - this was back in the 1950s. We hunted the sawgrass swamps on the dirt road to Lake Chikika (sp?). The Glades were a hauntingly beautiful and somewhat scary place for a very young hunter. I remember almost stepping on a coiled rattler one time when we were hunting rails and gallinules.

In my 20s I returned to my native Canada, where decades later I finally saw my first and only panther/cougar about 12 years ago. It was a sleek shadowy beauty crossing Highway #7 (just east of Marmora, between Peterborough and Ottawa) at dusk. I had to stop the car for a bit to absorb the experience. When my passenger and I told our friends about the sighting, most scoffed that we'd seen a bobcat. Some bobcat - it was about 6 feet long from nose to tail tip and looked to weigh about 70 pounds. Another night I was doing a long rural walk when I spotted some deer browsing a field. I shined my flashlight at the deer, and accidentally spooked a cougar which had been stalking the fawns. It led out the loudest, bloodiest scream I've could ever have imagined. Apologies to the hunter.

Please save the Glades and the beautiful south Florida habitat. I just finished reading "Scat", Carl Hiaasen's teen oriented novel about Florida panthers. Highly recommended for all ages and lovers of south Florida's wildlife.

Those  hunting trips  to the Everglades over half a century ago inspired one of my first childhood poems. I remember the first 4 lines:

a land of life and sudden death
softly caressed by God's pure breath
where in the murky water lies
a sunken log with hate filled eyes

Here's the website I posted this on:
Petition update

Story of FP 250 highlights threats to Florida Panthers!

South Florida Wildlands Association

Jan 7, 2019 — 
Posted this story on our Facebook page last week.  Sharing it here to highlight another way Florida Panthers are impacted by shrinking habitat:

Sad story of FP 250. Struck by a car in June of 2017, this male panther suffered three broken legs and other injuries. He was rushed to an animal ER in Naples and received 6 hours of successful surgery. After months of rehabilitation in northern Florida, the now-recovered panther was released into the Dinner Island Wildlife Management Area in Hendry County in February of 2018. Nine months later, in November 2018, he met his death in a fight with another panther in rural Collier County - not far from where he was struck by the vehicle.

Much can be said about this story. Panthers are territorial animals - and with the exception of mating or a female raising kittens, they are also solitary animals. "Intraspecific aggression" - or panther on panther fights - is the second leading caused of death for panthers after roadkill. The small piece of southwest Florida which is the core habitat for this species is now a full house - with all viable panther habitat fully occupied. When we consider the 45,000 acres of development and hundreds of miles of new and widened roads that Collier County landowners and the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) want to bring to this special area, we need to add displacement of existing panther home ranges to the destruction and fragmentation of habitat which is coming. Those lands that are slated be be paved over for new subdivisions are NOT vacant.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

winter escape to Barbados


Farley Hill, Barbados

We climb past Bajan Sunday drivers
picnicking among the flower garden
ruins of a slave plantation.
Pine trees skirt the brow of Farley Hill
their needles reminiscent of a colder land
a colder people.
Below us the earth drops
                        and then gently rolls to the sea.

The homesick plantation owners chose well.
It does look like Scotland.
Focus on the sea
ignore the rippling motions
which only wind through sugar cane makes.
Transport from this beautiful island
of sugar and bleeding flowers
to the primmer beauty of a Scottish highland
where virginal heather only hints at blooming.

There is a force too strong here to ignore.
If you looked to the sea to hide your thoughts
slave owner
you would slowly have been swallowed  . . .
Those endless swells have traveled
six thousand unbroken miles from Africa.
They have not seen land until they reached your shores
slave owner
and their force was not broken on your beaches
but only coming home.

Chris Faiers

This is a reposting from 2011, the first year of my blog. Dr. John recently sent me a link to an article on retiring to Belize, which got me remembering my personal escape fantasy, the gorgeous Caribbean island of Barbados.
I visited the island of Barbados from Boxing Day 1979 to New Year's Day 1980, staying in a hostel for island travelers. I was treated like a long lost family member by the incredibly friendly Bajans. All the workers in the National Life Insurance Company kitchen, where I worked as head chef, were from "the islands", and their stories of island life encouraged me to visit.

Barbados, my sister/fellow workers and the beautiful Bajans inspired me to write a sequence. Three of these poems were published in a special lyric issue of Grain magazine in August of 1982,  guest edited by Paul Bidwell. I received the then princely sum of $25 per poem, but more importantly, I finally felt confirmed as a legitimate Canadian poet.

In 1983 Wayne Ray, publisher of HMS Press, produced my chapbook Island Women. This sequence was also included in my 1986 collection, Foot Through the Ceiling, published by Aya (now Mercury Press - thanks, Bev and Don Daurio). I received the inaugural Milton Acorn People's Poet Award for this collection in 1987.

Having a blog gives me the opportunity to reflect over my life as a poet, and to post online those poems which have stood the test of time. My current publisher, Tai Grove of HMS Press, has encouraged me to begin sifting and sorting poems for an eventual selected works. I'm sure Farley Hill, Barbados will be included.

Monday, 31 December 2018