The World, Orpheum, and Riviera theatres are long gone from downtown. So is the loop and the promenade of cars driving in circles in order to be seen and look at others looking. How Midwestern a scene. A cast of characters in its own right.
The World is now the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, home to Garrison Keillor and his woebegone radio show, a tribute to the American Midwest in itself. Why Keillor never split for the salons of the east coast I haven’t a clue; I don’t think he stayed for the winters.
Hard to believe we watched so many epic films there when rats patrolled the darkened aisles for spilled refreshments and vagrants slept in sticky chairs. Despite the restored opulence of the ’20′s and ’30′s, a funky decadence remains imbedded in my mind, along with the curl of cigarette smoke through the projected images and the musty smell of rot emanating from the ancient curtains.
It may have been a respite from the harsh white glare of nature’s fury in this little prairie town on a big river in America’s breadbasket. Or, maybe it was the reality of our fair city’s fathers cavorting with gangsters in the Depression, allowing urban decay's stealthy creep through all the old neighborhoods, abided by the wealth dripping from the Gold Coast along Summit Ave. to the Capital, the likes of James J. Hill and the other robber barons living off the spoils of labor accrued from thousands of poor European immigrants.
For the price of a dollar ticket you could spend “all day” escaping from whatever ailed you, lost in Tecnicolor dreams, while the very bricks and stone the town was built on crumbled all around.
between the cheap seats
and flickering light -
the space between reels
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Along with our regular haiku, haiga, haibun, renku and tanka sections, AHG 2.2 includes Susan Constable’s feature on Kozue Uzawa, tanka poet and founder and editor of the Canadian tanka journal, GUSTS.
To our regret, there is no Expositions section in AHG 2.2. We apologise to our readers for any inconvenience. If you have submitted work to the Expositions section, either for AHG 2.2 or for AHG 2.3, please contact Lorin Ford.
And now the good news: We are delighted to welcome Mathew Paul to the AHG team as the new Expositions Editor. Many of you will be familiar with Matthew’s reviews in the UK haiku journal, Presence, and others will have recently enjoyed his selections of Workers’ Haiku published in THF’s per diem.
Due to the imminent deadline for submissions to AHG 2.3, we are not sure at this date whether Matthew’s first AHG Expositions section will appear in the June or the September issue. We encourage you to send any book reviews, essays/articles or your commentaries on individual poems for the June AHG, by March 15th, in any case.
We’ll publish Matthew’s email address for submissions on the AHG website as soon as we can. In the meantime, please send any submissions for the Expositions section or enquiries to Lorin Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org being sure to include 'AHG Expositions Section' in the title bar.
The deadline for all submissions to AHG 2.3 (the June issue) is March 15th. Please check our submissions page for details and editors’ guidelines.
William Sorlien, renku editor,
for the Editorial Team, ahundredgourds
Below are the abbreviated details of Japan's only international haibun contest, the Genjuan Contest 2013 (closing date Jan. 31, 2013) for you and your haiku friends/colleagues. Entry is free and there are genuine prizes. Do send in a work or two if you can.
Nobuyuki Yuasa & Stephen Henry Gill
Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2013 Guidelines
Ideally, there will be one Grand Prix, a number of An Prizes (‘Cottage’ Prizes, highly commended), and some Honourable Mentions, too. The authors of entries chosen for the first two of these categories will receive prizes, and all decorated works will warrant a certificate from the organizers. In late spring, the results will be displayed on the Hailstone Icebox (internet) and elsewhere. You can read last year’s top four pieces at
"http://hailhaiku.wordpress.com" ('Genjuan Winning Haibun 2012' page).
Entries to: Ms. Motoko Yoshioka, Regalia 907, 7-32-44 Fujimi-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0013, Japan (to arrive between 1 Oct. 2012 and 31 Jan. 2013)
Each entry should total 20 to 40 lines (at 1 line = 80 spaces), with title and at least one haiku (no formal restrictions). Print on one side of A4, if possible, with your name and address, tel. no., and email address typed along the bottom. The judges will not get to know your identity until judging is over and the Genjuan Contest office already knows the results.
Judges: Nobuyuki Yuasa & Stephen Henry Gill.
Entry fee and no. of entries per author: the Contest is free again this year! Maximum 3 unpublished entries per author.