Jim Kacian gave a talk onThe Haiku Foundation‘s future. For long term plans there’s ideas of scholarly retreats, residencies, artist colonies, scholarly journals, a digital archive of history of English haiku, a hall of fame, and a haiku museum. He said someone pshawed that last ideas with, “I never heard of a museum for the sonnet. Good. We’ll be the first. Dream large and we’ll get there. Dream small and we’ll get there.”
On the ginko walk past Parliament and the changing of the guard he was impressed by the amount of rah-rah-rah that Canadians got for the country. It was like American patriotism. And it struck him that nationalism is a belief. There is no Canada. There’s land and there’s people. There’s no U.S. There’s land and some people. But look at the amount of energy we can push towards this belief. Haiku, he said is more than a poetry form. it is a belief.
There was a round table discussion of places to host retreats and discussion over the interactions the Foundation would have with Haiku North America and American Haiku Archives which are housed at the California State Library in Sacramento, California.
The American Haiku Archives has been going 13 years now. Around 70 people attended its inauguration. The foundation of the collection was made by a donation of the collection and papers of Elizabeth Searle Lamb, a foremother of haiku in North America.
The archive seeks to preserve not only haiku but the people and culture of haiku collecting biographical ephemera of haiku poets, including photos and correspondances.
Michael Dylan Welch gave an introduction to its history and use for anyone who wants to come and use the collected resources. Each item is treated by archivists to keep for centuries, treated so that the binding, paper and fastening is stable. It costs $15-20 per item and there are thousands of broadsheets, chapbooks, ephemera and books in the collection.
There was an announcement that Stephen Addiss would become the Honorary Curator for 2009–2010 taking over from George Swede.