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Laundry day

 

Laundry Day


Published in DailyHaiga (http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/2601/-laundry-day-by-bill-waters-usa), 11/12/19.

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Miniature Film Festival, 2019

My 34-second video poem “Mixed Signals” was shown yesterday evening at the 5th-annual Miniature Film Festival, in Vancouver!

The filmfest offered a program of 46 videos of 60 seconds or less on the theme of hope (broadly interpreted). “It was a fun time and the audience really enjoyed your films!” said MFF organizer Robert David Duncan.

So if you have half a minute, I invite you to take a look at my contribution to the event, “Mixed Signals” — a quick hit of poetry to amuse and (perhaps) intrigue you! To view the video, just click this link: https://vimeo.com/billwaters/videopoem03.  ;- )

Laurels: Official Selection

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Stretching

stretching toward the sun

the ginkgo tree

and me

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Heavy snowfall

it even hides

my grief —

heavy snowfall


Published in Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku, fall 2019.

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The Amazing Pumpkin Carve 2019, part 2

Entrance to The Amazing Pumpkin Carve, at Woolsey Park, Hopewell Twp., New Jersey. Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Entrance to The Amazing Pumpkin Carve at Woolsey Park, Hopewell Township, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve, which I described in The Amazing Pumpkin Carve 2019, part 1, has come and gone. Omigosh, those huge sculpted pumpkins!  :- D

Mmm Brains, by Eric Schultz.

Mmm Brains, by Eric Schultz. Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

It was an honor, indeed, to have had a small part in the success of this big annual event. The Hopewell Valley Arts Council, who ran it, generously allowed me to place ten of my micro-poem signs around the fairgrounds for the five-day duration of the fall festival’s run.

Here are some photos of my signs. I hope you enjoy them!

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo by Bill Waters.

Photo by Bill Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo by Bill Waters.

Photo by Bill Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo by Bill Waters.

Photo by Bill Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Poet Bill Waters enjoying a photo opp with . . . a ghost?!

Is that a ghost behind me?! Call the Ghostbusters!


Hopewell Valley Arts Council: https://www.hvartscouncil.org

Poetry in Public Places Project: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PoetryInPublicPlacesProject/

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The Amazing Pumpkin Carve 2019, part 1

Earlier this month, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council ran its 5th-annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve, a local fall festival in Central New Jersey featuring 40 massive pumpkins imaginatively sculpted and lit. These pumpkins truly looked amazing, by day . . .

Mmm Brains, by Eric Schultz. Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Georgi’s Room, by Aleece Davis and Jill Thomas.

. . . and by night:

By Michael Davies. Photo courtesy of Mary Galioto.

By Patrick Pasquito. Photo courtesy of Mary Galioto.

New this year, the event also included a little poetry — or, to be precise, a lot of little poems. Dotting the fairgrounds on yard signs, ten of my haiku and senryu were on display for the enjoyment of visitors.

Here are the signs, without their stands. (Pumpkin-colored cat not included.)

Poem signs . . . and a cat!

Poem signs . . . and a cat!

If you’d like to see how the signs looked on site, please check out The Amazing Pumpkin Carve 2019, part 2.  ;- )


Hopewell Valley Arts Council: https://www.hvartscouncil.org

Poetry in Public Places Project: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PoetryInPublicPlacesProject/

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Afternoon

 


Published in DailyHaiga (http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/2583/-afternoon-by-bill-waters-usa), 10/9/19.

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Fallen leaves

some in the water

some in the boat:

fallen leaves

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Four in French

elles s’en foutent
du panneau défense d’entrer !
les violettes

they disregard
the No Trespassing sign!
violets
tellement plus grand
que son flacon —
l’essence de lavande
so much bigger
than its bottle —
essence of lavender

sommeil agité —
un seul aboiement dans le noir
puis le silence

fitful sleep —
a single bark in the dark
then silence
tonnerre lointain
des voilages blancs ondulent
dans le crépuscule
distant thunder
white curtains billow
in the dusk

Published in the French/English haiku database Temps Libres (http://tempslibres.org/tl/tlphp/dbhk01.php?auteur=wate-b&lg=e), fall 2019. Translations by Serge Tomé.

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Fitful sleep

fitful sleep —

a single bark in the dark

then silence

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