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December 13, 2007

our gift to you: a 2008 haiga memories calendar

Filed under: Haiga or Haibun,Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 8:13 pm

The f/k/a Gang has had a lot of fun over the past year creating and sharing haiga (a picture with a linked poem) that combine photographs taken more than half a century ago by “Mama G” (Connie M. Giacalone) with haiku or senryu penned by her son, your f/k/a host, David Giacalone. The expressive faces — whether impish, sheepish, or cherubish — of Linda, Arthur and David, the three Giacalone sibs, bring back memories and suggest timeless childhood themes, many of which are echoed in our adult lives.

You can find many of those haiga scattered around the MagnaPoets Japanese Form group weblog, and in miniature form here and there at this website. But, to help spread the cheer and to thank our many readers this Holiday Season, I decided to bring a dozen of the Giacalone Nostalgia Haiga together in one place, and to give them an aura of utility by packaging them as a monthly calendar. Just click this link to find the fka Haiga Memories Calendar 2008. It’s presented as a printable Word document (in landscape mode), and comes to 14 pages, with the front and back covers.

You’re allowed to giggle and even snicker, but please-please don’t use what our “a” friend Aurora Antonovic (proprietress of MagnaPoets and haiga editor of Simply Haiku Journal) calls the “a-word” — adorable. Prof. Yabut would blush. Please enjoy — with our thanks and best wishes for a joy-filled, inspiring holiday season and New Year.

afterthought (Dec. 14, 2007):   As explained here, we’ve also created a more “artsy” (less kitschy) calendar for your pleasure throughout the New Year.  See the Giacalone Haiga Calendar 2008. .

. . . the f/k/a Haiga Memories Calendar 2008 ©

[Calendar Cover, Art & Connie Giacalone,
married September 13, 1947]

home for Christmas –
nana calls the baby
by her daddy’s name

………………………… by dagosan

twelve days ’til Christmas —
the tree and her cat
both shedding

……………………………… by dagosan

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