Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

Haiku + Tanka, Haibun, Rengay, Shahai, & More

Archive for the category “Uncategorized”

On darkness and light

A perfected world without evil would be a beautiful place! Unfortunately, our world is not that world. Ours is a place of duality: dark and light, evil and good.

But since the darkness of our world cannot be simply wished away, can we at least make use of it to better see the light that exists, too?

S is for . . . smoke“, published in Lost Paper, 6/26/21: a mini-memoir that seeks to shed light on this question. ;- )

“This is no country for old fish.”

It’s a parody of William Butler Yeats’s “Sailing to Byzantium”.

It’s a homage to a mixed-media painting by Lorette C. Luzajic.

It’s “Swimming to Byzantium“, published in MacQueen’s Quinterly, 6/12/21.

Bill Waters ~~ Haiku: it’s more than only haiku. ;- )

A little spring nonsense

Little by little, “small” has become “the next big thing”. :- D

To bring popular old poems into line with this passion for the petite, I recast Lewis Carroll’s 28-line nonsense poem “Jabberwocky” into a quatrain.

“Jabberwocky, Summarized”: you can now read in ten seconds what otherwise would have taken you an entire minute. (You’re welcome. LOL!- )

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve 2020, part 2

Carloads of visitors file past 40 huge sculpted pumpkins.

Carloads of visitors file past 41 huge sculpted pumpkins at dusk at Woolsey Park, Hopewell Township, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of NJ.com.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade — or in the case of the 2020 Amazing Pumpkin Carve, turn a walk-around event into a drive-thru!  :- D

Public poetry had a place at The Amazing Pumpkin Carve again this year in the form of six “gravestones” I made, complete with epitaphs. Many thanks to the Hopewell Valley Arts Council for including them! They were placed near the entry of “Pumpkin Row” and looked appropriately spooky — especially at night.

A row of gravestone-shaped poem-signs.

Gravestone Row. Photo by Bill Waters.

(For a little information on how I made the poem-signs, you can go back in time a few days to The Amazing Pumpkin Carve 2020, part 1, if you wish.)

The gravestone of Simon Grimm.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

The gravestone of Benjamin Jolly.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

The gravestone of Ezekiel Green.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

The gravestone of Nelson Burns.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

The gravestone of Prudence Jones.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

The gravestone of Agnes Olde-Yung.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

After the gravestones came a haunted house,…

A haunted house facade.

Home NOT sweet home! Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

…the “welcoming committee”,…

A tableau of friendly(?) skeletons.

Come on in! It’s a helluva show! Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

…and then the pumpkins themselves! Here are just a few that caught my eye:

A sculpture called Pumpkin King, by Lori Johannson.

Pumpkin King, by Lori Johannson. Photo courtesy of NJ.com.

A pumpkin called The Moon, by Anne Nixon-Ellery.

The Moon, by Anne Nixon-Ellery. Photo courtesy of NJ.com.

A pumpkin called Epidemic, by MattDerby.

Epidemic, by Matt Derby. Photo by Bill Waters.

A pumpkin called Peering Pumpkin.

Peering Pumpkin, by Curtis May. Photo courtesy of Nancy Waters.

Kudos to the Arts Council for bringing some outdoor fun to Central New Jersey during a year notable — alas! — for many cancelled cultural events! The final tally showed that more than 2,500 carloads of people viewed this amazing display!


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

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

*    *    *    *

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve 2020, part 1

Due to COVID-19, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council is presenting this year’s Amazing Pumpkin Carve — a fall festival in Central New Jersey featuring dozens of fanciful hundred-pound pumpkins — as a drive-thru. How clever is that?  :- D

Last year ten of my haiku and senryu provided a touch of public poetry on yard signs. This time around, I’ve created six oversized gravestone-shaped signs bearing epitaphs in the manner of days gone by. Here are photos of them that I took at home before bringing them to the fairground to be set up. I hope you enjoy them (if “enjoy” is the right word for gravestones… LOL!- ).

After writing the epitaphs, I designed the signs using online software at Staples.com and had them printed on 3′-by-2′ corrugated plastic.

Next, I trimmed the top of each sign into a gravestone-y shape with X-acto knives. (It wasn’t super-difficult, but it *was* time-consuming. LOL!- )

Finally, I took a printout of an image I found of a “flying skull” grave rubbing to a local Staples and had it laser-copied onto weatherproof vinyl label material. I cut out the stickers, applied them to the signs, and voila!

I guess I owe Staples — both online and bricks-and-mortar — a big debt of gratitude! ;- )


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

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

*    *    *    *

Post Navigation

Foggy Days And Fairy Dust

~ because even bad days have sparkle and magic ~

Phil McAloon's paintings

Improved living through the application of oil and acrylic

Red Around the World

Your friendly guide to national parks, road trips, and all things outdoors

after pink

Haiku + Tanka, Haibun, Rengay, Shahai, & More

lyncrain

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

National Parks With T

A tour of Public Lands & National Parks in the USA

Anna Maris

instagram: @haikupoeten

Haiku Commentary

Digging deep into the small things

Short Story Magic Tricks

breaking down why great fiction is great

Ontheland

Caring About Our World Reflecting About Life

tom clausen

poems and photos

unbolt me

the literary asylum

Bending moments

This WordPress.com site is the cat’s pajamas

The Poetry Department . . . aka The Boynton Blog

community creativity from Whatcom County, Washington...and beyond

The Cool Women Poets

Women Poets' Critique and Performance Group

Beyond Breakers

Poetry by Dean Schabner

Maternal Mitochondria

An artistic collaboration with Miriam Sagan & Isabel Winson-Sagan

Marilyn Fleming

Poetry, Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Sequences, Art

dylan tweney

if you're bored, you're not paying attention

the zen space

a space for zen words

The Dragonspire

Home of Author Louise Brady. Writer - Fangirl - INTP - Slytherin - Dragonlord - Fanfiction Enthusiast - TV lover - Shipper of Ships Which Never Sail - Gamer - Historian

sydney lancaster: eye & hand

art & words by sydney lancaster

Makino Studios

Haiku + Tanka, Haibun, Rengay, Shahai, & More

Frank J. Tassone

haikai poetry matters

wild ink

musings about nature, art, books and writing . . .

Michael Rehling

Home of "Haiku Mike"

THOTPURGE

Incomplete Thots...

failed haiku

A Journal of English Senryu - Co Editors: Bryan Rickert and Michael Rehling

Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond

Santa Fe Literary Scene, Poetry, Land Art, New Mexico

Nature Chronicles

of the Pacific Northwest: Interactions with the wild things--Live life outdoors!

Haiku-doodle

a haiku journal by margaret dornaus

objects for thinking

visuals by Johannes S. H. Bjerg

A Poet in Time

One Poet's Writing Practice

pauldavidmena

Just another WordPress.com site

dt.haase ⌖

Haiku + Tanka, Haibun, Rengay, Shahai, & More

Haiku Art Site

Ellen Grace Olinger

haiku andy

Home of the 1,001 Haiku Postcards + More

Haikutec's Weblog

Japan Times award-winning poet for haiku & renga

Crows & Daisies

Haiku + Tanka, Haibun, Rengay, Shahai, & More

Red Dragonfly

haiku. poetry.

Old Pond Comics

Learn Haiku Through Cartoons

%d bloggers like this: