NaHaiWriMo en français daily writing prompter for February 2022 and February 2023
1. How did you get started with haiku?
I discovered haiku during an open-mic in an Irish pub around the end of 2019. The poet Anton Floyd read a few haiku at the end of his performance. I was used to his sonnets and I was writing free verse poetry myself (only in English). I was struck straight away by this poetic genre. I dived into this “new world” then. I started to develop my knowledge during the first pandemic lockdown in 2020. Haiku enabled me to connect more closely to nature and I see haiku more and more as a way of life now: the ability to live more in the present moment. I have to add that I started writing haiku in English and then I developed my writing in French. Haiku helped me to reconnect with writing in my mother tongue.
2. Tell us more about yourself.
I’m 42 years old [in 2022], and I live in the south-west of Ireland where I work as a pharmacist. I started my practice of haiku on social media, first on an English-speaking group, “The Daily Haiku,” and then in French, mainly on “Un haïku par jour.” There I was able to read contemporary contributions and make contact with writers. Social media has been essential for me in developing my writing practice in these ongoing lockdown times. At the moment I’m working on several projects concerning haiku but the main one is the release of my first book of haiku in French. I also love jazz (I play drums) and photography, among other interests.
3. What does NaHaiWriMo mean to you?
As I am relatively new to the haiku world, I only had the chance to participate to NaHaiWriMo in 2021. I remember that I took great pleasure to read and write. I love the fun of it. For 2022, with the city prompts, I enjoyed researching on the web and learning new facts about those cities. I also enjoy the international aspect of NaHaiWriMo. I like connecting with people around the world, sharing our views on haiku, and expanding my own horizons.
4. What one piece of advice would you offer to those who are new to writing haiku?
Read, read, read. I started with a book on Issa. I was drawn to it and then read the other “old masters.” Then, social media enabled me to contact contemporary writers. There are a lot of free books on the web, mostly in PDF format. It is a gold mine to acquire more in-depth knowledge.
5. Please share three of your favourite or best haiku.
closer and closer
to my dad
today I’ve done nothing
Plan d’évasion, 2022