Sunday, February 07, 2021

The Haiku Foundation, Juxta 5.1 - Research and Scholarship in Haiku, December 2019

Haiga Feature:

...Nevertheless, the selections for Juxta 5 show haiga by fine women poet-artists with a great range of observation and imagination. This demonstrates growing interest and increasing creativity in this multifaceted form of visual-verbal expression. Each of the following artist-poets has also been chosen for the Gallery of the Haiku Foundation, where you will find further examples of their work...

My thanks to Stephen Addiss for his commentary below:

Utilizing digital elements to help transform both her watercolors and her digital images, Debbie Strange is able to create a number of focused images, many from everyday life. Some of her ink paintings are minimal but cogent, while her digital images tend to be more complex. In either case, there are always free areas that give the poems their own space while helping to complete meaningful visual structures.

(Note: this haiku received an Honourable Mention in the 2015 Autumn Haiku Contest administered by the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C.)


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