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Watercolor Haiga

by Naia


Simply Haiku
September-October 2004

Naia's name is Greek for "Flowing", and for her it represents the state of mind when poetry moves from inspiration into physical expression. Like many poets, Naia gravitated to haiku back in the days of the Shiki Internet Haiku Salon, but it was an Issa haiku that first inspired her to write:

..........don't worry spiders
..........I keep house

....................Issa (tr: unknown)

Naia writes haiku, tanka, haibun, and cinquain. Her work has appeared in magazines, books, anthologies, e-journals, newsletters, and brochures, as well as in RakuTeapot: Haiku, the first ever anthology of a group of haiku poets from around the globe with accompanying compact disc of the participants reading their original verses in their own voices.

Having created photo haiga for years, Naia was inspired by Zolo’s watercolor haiga to begin painting in 2003. In this collection she uses cake and tube watercolor paints on both white and watercolor papers. Naia typically paints an image first and then writes the haiku, as was the case for these five haiga. Her haiga have been sold locally, as well as appearing on journal covers, and in e-journals.

A third generation native Californian, she was raised in a country home in the Sacramento farm valley and attended college at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. She presently lives in sunny Southern California with her feline companion, Poppy.

Naia: self portrait