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Lilacs

By Bill Waters (poem) and Robin White (photo)

Lilacs


Published in Daily Haiga (http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/2435/-slowly-by-bill-waters-usa), 1/18/19.

About Robin White:
—> http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/category/author/robin-white/page/3/

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Growing Up with G.I. Joe

In the 1960s, G.I. Joe was a proxy for the me I wished to be. Physically fit, self-reliant, and battle-tested (that facial scar!), he was armed and ready to defend American ideals. Loaded like a pack mule with equipment and supplies, Joe had all he needed to deal with enemies of any sort.

For me, G.I. Joe was not a figure of aggression. Like America itself (the romanticized version), he was as ready to extend a hand in friendship as he was to throw a punch in self-defense. He was part adventurer, part warrior, and part superhero — all that I was not.

Maybe I was too “into” G.I. Joe; I don’t know. But I was just a kid, and Joe — one of the true good guys in a boy’s life — helped me feel better about myself.

“it’s not a doll!”
ready for anything
his action figure


Published in Contemporary Haibun Online (http://contemporaryhaibunonline.com/pages144/Waters_Growing.html), 12/30/18.

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Old-growth forest

Kirtland, Ohio, is home to the magnificent 3,600-acre Holden Arboretum:

Documenting more than 120,000 plants, the Arboretum’s horticultural focus is on a recognized collection of trees and shrubs, which are displayed in gardens accompanied by groundcovers and perennials, and in themed collections.

One such themed collection is the Seasons of Haiku poetry trail, and one of my poems is on display there for the winter:

Haiku at Holden

Seasons of Haiku: such a cool outdoor poetry project!  :- D


More about The Holden Arboretum: https://www.holdenarb.org/about/.

More about the Seasons of Haiku poetry trail: http://www.holdenarb.org/seasons-of-haiku-interpretive-trail/.

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The deer and me

By Bill Waters (poem) and Robin White (photo)

The Deer and Me


Published in Daily Haiga (http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/2423/-standing-by-bill-waters-usa), 12/23/18.

About Robin White:
—> http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/category/author/robin-white/page/3/

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Data haiga

Artists are doing some very cool things these days with “big data.” Data visualization — no longer the sole province of researchers — is proving to be as appealing to the eye as it is informative to the brain. But I am a writer of very short things, and my “data”, so to speak, is correspondingly small. Still, I recently found myself wondering if I too could use data visualization to add a different dimension to my haiku.

With that in mind, I took a one-line poem of mine — “putting down my book I read the falling snow” — and plotted how many times each letter of the alphabet occurs in it. Since the resulting graph did look reasonably like falling snow, I wove my poem into it and voila: a “data haiga”!  :- D

Data Haiga: Falling Snow

Data becomes a snow storm (kind of) in this graph, which plots the letters of the embedded poem against how often they occur.

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Published in SONIC BOOM …for writing that explodes, issue 13, 12/9/18.

Pedaling

pedaling

along the canal . . .

wood smoke


Published in Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems, issue 125, 11/2018.

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Winter thaw

winter thaw . . .

that patch of snow

the sun can’t reach


Published in Akitsu Quarterly: Winter 2018 (http://www.wildgraces.com/Akitsu-Quarterly.html), 11/2018.

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Library discard: a collection of senryu

Library Discard

Library Discard, by Lorette C. Luzajic.

SALE TODAY!
greeted by the smell
of old books

memories of childhood . . .
lightly my fingers
on the book spines

guilty pleasures
and beach-reads:
these paperbacks

my personal space
and that one pushy person
shadowing me

stuck
between pages:
pressed pansies

heavier
than the entire internet
this unabridged dictionary

cat book —
one page
dog-eared

outdated encyclopedias:
she buys a complete set
for collaging

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Published in The Ekphrastic Review (http://www.ekphrastic.net/the-ekphrastic-review/library-discard-a-collection-of-senryu-by-bill-waters), 7/31/18.

Crack!

By Bill Waters (poem) and Robin White (photo)

Crack!

 


Published in Daily Haiga (http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/2395/-crack-by-bill-waters-usa), 11/9/18.

About Robin White:
—> http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/category/author/robin-white/page/3/

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Miniature Film Festival, 2018

My 28-second video tanka “First Crush” was chosen as an official selection at the 4th-annual Miniature Film Festival, in Vancouver!  :- D

The filmfest is presenting microshorts on the theme of love at a venue that seats . . . about 25 people. LOL! It’s a tiny festival with a whole lot of heart.  <3

This is the first film festival I’ve ever submitted a video to, and I’m delighted in a rather LARGE way to be a part of it.  ;- )

Laurels: Official Selection

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