The following haiga feature poems by Michael Dylan Welch and artwork by Gary LeBel. Our process was that Gary either created new artwork for poems I provided to him, or I wrote new poems for artwork he provided to me. In some cases I wrote several poems for a single piece of artwork, and he selected one that he thought worked best with the art, and then combined it with the artwork using calligraphy, collage, typesetting, and other techniques. Three of these fifteen haiga use what is called “running hand” calligraphy, where letters elide into each other, usually vertically. Because such calligraphy can be a challenge to read, in those cases the poem is repeated in text below the image. Most of these haiga were featured in the 2007 issue of the journal Reeds: Contemporary Haiga, edited by Jeanne Emrich. The “first star” haiga was also printed in an edition of 250 copies for a Haiku Canada holograph anthology in 2007 titled Blossoming: 30th Anniversary Members Anthology. My thanks to Gary for his exquisite work.
The poems appear by themselves at the end.