Carpe Diem August 2017 modern art month

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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new month of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, our daily haiku-meme. This month I love to inspire you through all kinds of modern art. The goal is to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms inspired on the art.
In every episode I will share an image of a piece of modern art and I will tell you some background about it.

Than I have a few announcements to make. Several of you have asked me to make the responding somewhat longer, so this month I will give that a try. You can respond on our prompts within seven days, until this month that was five days.
I will prolong the "weekend-meditation", but I am thinking to change something in it, but ... well you will see it in the first "weekend-meditation".
Recently I asked you permission to use your work for a tribute to Jane Reichhold CDHK e-book. You were all happy with the idea and you have given me permission to use your work. I had scheduled this new exclusive CDHK e-book ready on July 28th, because that's the day on which Jane Reichhold died, but unfortunately I hadn't time enough to complete this new e-book. I have re-scheduled it for August 28th 2017, so a month later. Maybe I will have time to publish it earlier, but that I cannot guarantee.

Okay ... back to our theme ... modern art. I love it modern art, but of course I also like the older art, but I love to focus on the modern art and that brings something with it ... We will let go all the classical rules of haiku, tanka and other Japanese poetry forms. I love to challenge you all to create modern haiku as for example Kerouac did, or Santoka Taneda. No 5-7-5, no three lines and  so on. So this month I ask you to think (and create) "out of the box" ... we are going to be free-stylers ...

An example:

shadow
in water
travels

© Chèvrefeuille

This haiku was created in response of a haiku by Santoka Taneda:

reflection
in the water
a traveler

© Santoka Taneda

Modern art includes artistic work produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the style and philosophy of the art produced during that era. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation. Isn't that we are doing with haiku?

As I discovered haiku back in the eighties I wrote longer poems and stories, I used a lot of words to tell the stories and had the feeling that I said nothing. Than there was haiku ... a very short poem originating from Japan. As I started reading haiku, and for sure that wasn't easy, I immediately was caught. These short poems told a lot about a short moment in the life of the poet with maybe 10 to 15 words and those scenes were really awesome. If I had to describe that scene I would need for sure more than 15 words ... In other words ... haiku experiments with
words to tell a lot ... that is ... in my opinion modern art.

But this month it's not only about haiku or tanka, but it is about modern art in all its different appearances.

modern art by Matteo Pugliese
Or what do you think of this kind of modern art?

Full Circle by Dana and Ruth Avra Kleinman (USA)
It looks wonderful, but I think it's something that could have been made by a youngster, but these artists are really awesome and well known.

circles
melting together
heaven and earth

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... not a strong haiku, but it is to give you an idea what the goal is this month. Another example:

through the wall
a ghostly body
seems broken

© Chèvrefeuille (inspired on the above modern art sculpture)

This month will not be easy and maybe your responses will be more often senryu than haiku or kyoka than tanka, but that doesn't matter. I hope this month will be awesome. Think out of the box and become inspired through the modern arts.

All our prompts this month will be titles of pieces of modern art.

Here is our (incomplete) list, because this month it will take more time to choose the prompts, so in this incomplete list I have only the first week of August. By the way I have tried to use modern arts that fit the basic idea of haiku as mentioned in the rules for classical haiku.

1. Yin Yang (Joel Shapses)
2. Glass sculpture (R.Loy)
3. Serenity (Joan, intuitive artist)
4. Weekend-meditation: Writing and Enjoying Haiku
7. Abstract autumn (unknown artist)
8. Geometric patterns (unknown artist)
9. Waves (Baku Building by Zaha Hadid)
10. Tongue of Lucifer (Rudi van de Wint)

Tongue of Lucifer

11. Weekend-meditation: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ... Utabukuro
14. Mirror (Jaume Plensa)
15. Fractal Art (image by Krencin(pixabay) artist unknown)
16. Crossed House (Manuel Clavel Rojo)
17. Shifted flowers (artist unknown)
18. Weekend-meditation: Writing and Enjoying Haiku
19. Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue (Barnett Newman)
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23. Weekend-meditation: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ... Utabukuro
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30. Weekend-meditation: Writing and Enjoying Haiku

I think this month will be awesome.

Chèvrefeuille, your host


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