Published in Bottle Rockets, August 2021.
clutching the letter —
her dad lifts her up
to the mail slot
Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/08/family-friends.html), 7/1/21.
and motorized rolling chairs . . .
arts & crafts
with mom . . .
Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/07/childhood-memories.html), 7/1/21.
Last year, the mother / daughter duo Maternal Mitochondria created an installation of up-cycled metal fairy houses at the Santa Fe Skies RV Park. Inside each miniature dwelling was a little fairy poem on a beautifully wrought scroll that visitors could take out and read.
The installation was a success! In fact, people liked interacting with it so much that they left little tokens of their own: pebbles, pennies, painted rocks, and bits of their own art projects.
This year I was invited to provide the poems for the scrolls — an opportunity for which I’m very grateful, both as a poet and an advocate for poetry in public places.
For information on the creative duo Maternal Mitochondria: maternalmitochondria.com/about/.
For information about Santa Fe Skies RV Park: santafeskiesrvpark.com/about/.
For information on the art of suminagashi: maternalmitochondria.com/2018/09/26/what-is-suminagashi/.
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and then the sound
of an ice cream truck—
I pat my pockets
low battery —
trying to silence
the wrong smoke alarm
Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (https://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/06/sound-no-sound.html), 6/1/21.
summer woods . . .
beneath the leaf mold
I scratch my head
and eat some wasabi
Wabi and sabi — the bittersweet beauties of imperfection and impermanence — are fundamental Japanese aesthetics that figure prominently in haiku. I can never remember which is which, though, so I’m forever looking them up. LOL!
(For a more nuanced look at wabi and sabi — because it’s more subtle and complex than the simplistic definition I offer above — see my post The Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic. ;- )
Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/05/edible-haiku.html), 5/1/21.
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After a year’s delay due to COVID-19, ten of my micropoems have “blossomed” in the garden of the headquarters branch of New Jersey’s Mercer County Library System.
As local community members continue to look for novel things to do during the pandemic — and after? — maybe poem-spotting will become a “thing”! ;- )
Many thanks, MCL, for supporting public poetry! And a happy National Poetry Month to one and all!
For more information about the Mercer County Library System: https://mcl.org/branches/lawrence
For more information about the Poetry in Public Places Project: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PoetryInPublicPlacesProject
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