Figures of speech. The many speeches I’ve given at poetry events are mostly lost, or were given extemporaneously based on notes. The following, however, are selected speeches for which I have a record. I wish I still had a copy of the speech I gave for my college graduation, in which I quoted E. E. Cummings as well as Jimi Hendrix: “Let’s touch the sky” and “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.” I wish I had also quoted Rumi, who said, “Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” For related articles, especially about Haiku North America, please also see the Reports page. For a variety of speech and event photos, see Appearances (scroll down).
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[2013 keynote address for the Haiku International Association]
[2004 Haiku Pacific Rim speech in Ogaki, Japan; first publication here]
Poets in the Park 2004: Opening Remarks [first publication here]
Poets in the Park 2005: Opening Remarks [first publication here]
Welcome to Haiku North America 2001 [first publication here]
Welcome to Haiku North America 2003 [first publication here]
Welcome to Haiku North America 2009 [first publication here]
Smooth Sailing—2013 HNA Welcome Speech [first publication here]
Welcoming Speech at the Third International Tanka Convention