Collaborative Photo-haiku by Christina Chin and Randall Vemer
The photographs by Randall Vemer
in the cement cracks
scent of sage
of a raucous
from a narrow ledge
crisp biking morning
the way vernus crocuses
in the sacred garden
white on white
a bank of swans
in the winter lake
Autumn Haiku by Christina Chin
goddess and faeries on the mooncake gifts mid-autumn festival 女神と妖精 月餅のプレゼントに 中秋の秋祭り rolling round hay bales till late night light of harvest moon ぐるぐる回る 深夜まで干し草の俵 中秋の名月の光 village stores knead buckwheat noodles new soba 村の店 そばをこねる 新そば the thunder that follows a lightning my house shakes 雷 稲妻に続く 私の家が揺れる bring-in the crops from the fields full september moon 取り入れる 畑からの作物 9月の満月 ― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta
Artist: Randall Vemer
Violinist, illustrator, oil painter, mural and web designer, book cover designer, adjudicator, art curator, teacher, film-maker. Randall was a professional violinist/violist for 20 years playing throughout the US and Europe. He has since transitioned to oil painting for a profession also 20 years. His multimedia project MusArt is an exhibition of 40 oil paintings of musicians around the world combining live music, Haiku poetry, film with original music by Grammy winning composer, a published book, and an orchestra instruments tree. The multimedia exhibit is currently on a national tour; having been in Portland, Aspen, and Napa. MusArt film has won film festival awards in Japan, Europe, Russia, Canada, Malaysia, India, Turkey, and throughout the USA. Randall currently teaches Renaissance and Baroque painting methods at Oregon School of Art in Portland, Oregon.
Artist/Poet Bio: Christina Chin
Christina Chin is a painter and a haiku poet. She is four-time recipient of top 100 in the mDAC Summit Contests. They were exhibited at the Palo Alto Art Center, California. She is the sole haiku contributor for the MusArt book of Randall Vemer's paintings published by ArtReach Publication, Portland, Oregon. 1st prize winner of the 34th Annual Cherry Blossom Sakura Festival 2020 Haiku Contest. 1st prize winner in the 8th Setouchi Matsuyama 2019 Photohaiku Contest and won two City Soka Saitama's 2020 haiku prizes.
Christina Chin is published in numerous exclusive journals, multilingual journals and anthologies including Japan’s prestigious monthly Haikukai (俳句界) Magazine.