Review of the HSA Spring Quarterly meeting held in Fort Worth Texas March 2004 and published in Fort Worth Poet, HSA's newsletter, Connie Post's newsletter, North Texas E-news
Fort Worth Haiku Society hosted the Haiku Society of America’s Spring Quarterly Meeting here in Fort Worth on a most appropriate date. Spring officially arrived around midnight on the 19th and early morning of the 20th.
A common observation from our out of town guests was the surprise of leaving anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of snow behind and arriving to near 80 degrees, flowers blooming, and green everywhere. There were guest from New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Utah, Arkansas and from all over Texas here for the day long event.
The weekend began with FWHS’ vp Helen Jones and her friend Nancy picking up president Cliff Roberts and heading for the DFW airport to pick up the new president of the HSA Charles Trumbull then later, picking up Carmen who comes to us fresh from over 15 years of living in Japan.
After a gathering for a meal at Don Pablo’s at the Ridgmar Mall everyone returned to the hospitality suite at the hotel to discuss the plans for the next day. And finally falling into luxurious bedrooms to be serenaded with the voices of the other guests.
Our event shared the hotel with 3 if not 4 dog shows at the hotel the same weekend. There were standard bull terriers (remember Spuds McKenzie? it appears he made the breed more popular), mastiffs, and other terriers of all kinds. Almost every other door had a “Dog Guest in Room” sign on the door. Outside were makeshift cages on the green commons area at the back where the dogs played off and on. It was surreal to sit in the hospitality suite with the door open and watch parade after parade of dogs, though the only ribbon I saw was a 2nd place on a woman that was not accompanied by a dog (hummmm, wonder how that happened?)
But, let us return to the meeting and workshops. The HSA executive board had a four hour long breakfast meeting starting at 7 am at the Four Star Coffee Bar while the rest of us went at 9 am to the Japanese Gardens for a haiku walk (ginko) only to find that it didn’t open until 10 am on this month. Thank goodness for the blooming of the irises beginning and for the cactus and experimental gardens being non-enclosed so we weren’t all just standing around waiting for an hour.
We were joined at the gardens by Michael Moore of Desoto who has had a few minutes of fame with his haiku for his teaching of the topic in the Desoto schools and for a picture of him, (taken in chilly October, he tells us) in his koi pond with only his face showing among the lily pads. Michael is a fascinating new addition to our FWHS group and he joined as a member to the HSA during the afternoon workshops.
We trekked to the Ol’ South Pancake House for lunch and were met there by another poet that was joining us for the afternoon. I owe Kim Bailey a huge thank you for helping me carry in all the boxes and baskets of things and for making the name tags while I tried to get things set up. Bonnie Frederick, Professor of Latin Studies and one of our speakers, was there early waiting on us and pitched in helping get the tables ready with the books by various haiku poets and the freebies table of donated items.
There were a few snags in the day (Cliff got the first two programs reversed) but everything was wonderfully presented, entertaining and educational. The meeting itself was opened by Helen Jones and Cliff Roberts performing the “Haiku Slam” written by Cliff as a teaching tool. Then Treasurer and acting Secretary (that would be me, Brenda Roberts) read a letter welcoming the Haiku Society of America to Fort Worth from the Mayor of Fort Worth.
Dr. susan delaney (sic) presented her program comparing seasonal events here in North Texas to the corresponding five day period called Spells in Japan. Where we have 4 seasons, the Japanese have 72 five day Spells identified by an occurrence in nature – butterflies arriving, fireflies, iris blooming, thunderstorms, etc. She has been working on this project for over 5 years and is planning to publish this project when finished. I can’t wait to see the finished project.