I want to bring to your attention this wonderful aural experience. This is something our Teri steered me toward a few weeks ago. It is a collaboration between the Orange County Museum of Art and Alan Nakagawa. And the public! A call was put out for haiku addressing our current life under pandemic. Over 500 written and recorded haiku were collected. Nakagawa then embedded these recordings in a series of sound collages. These collages are a sensory cornucopia and the haiku run from deeply moving to hilarious to terrifying to thought provoking. I have listened to four of them so far and Part D is, by far, my favorite. I think it is the wealth of children’s voices and the sounds of water that I love. A bonus is that it just happens to be the one where both Teri and I can be heard! How cool is that? Over 500 options and we end up in the same mix! Give a listen, I think you will be glad that you did. And thanks again, Teri, for sharing this opportunity with me. : )


  1. Thank you for posting it, JNaz. You’ve presented it beautifully. Now, I’m going to go in there to listen to some more of it. Such a pleasure to live in Part D with you!

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  2. I don’t know how I missed this. I was just browsing old posts and found it. I love Haiku. I listened to Part D. I’ll go back for more! Teri and JNaz, would you be willing to share your offerings. I’d love to listen again knowing which voices are yours.

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    1. Oh, sure. I can’t believe that I can remember it, but I can. I am opposed to the rule of 5/7/5, which was an unfortunate construct way back when, and the instructions given for this thing defined a haiku as…wait for it…5/7/5. So, my haiku intends to be both serious and cantankerous. (So glad to hear you love haiku. Do you write them? I try.)

      sixteen syllables
      is all I can manage
      during a pandemic

      JNaz’s is much better, and I hope she’ll share it. Thanks for asking!

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      1. Not to be persnickety, Teri, but I believe your final line was –

        in a pandemic

        Thus making the 16 syllables. πŸ™‚

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  3. So glad you revisited this, Barbara. And enjoyed. I loved it, loved the melange of voice and sound. My haiku was –

    scattered stepping stones
    we give new shape to distance
    in grocery aisles

    Thanks for asking…

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  4. I loved both Haiku’s. Thank you. I’ll have fun listening for both of you when I go back to Part D again. When I’m out walking, I tend to get lost in my head. A few years ago, I decided to go in search of a Haiku on my walks–when I remember. When I get home, I write down a Haiku about whatever I’ve noticed. It makes me pay attention to the “real” world. For me, the 5/7/5 makes it easy. When I first started, I told myself that if children can do this, I can give it a try! The pattern is my only “quality control.”

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    1. My dog and I have written many a haiku on our walks. We wrote one about the naughty spotty dog who tried to snack on him one day. That fixed him!

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