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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!- )

Haiku poetry day 2021

April 17th was National Haiku Poetry Day! (There’s a day for everything, right?)
 
As a part of the day’s celebratory events, The Haiku Foundation presented its 7th-annual HaikuLife Haiku Film Festival, which included four of my under-a-minute video poems.
 
You can find all 51 films from the 2021 festival here:
 
 
Mine appear toward the bottom under the section titled “Video Haiga” and include “Urban Canyon”, “Time and Clouds”, “Icicles”, and “Ghosts in Your Eyes”.  :- )
 

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NaHaiWriMo 2021

National Haiku Writing Month has arrived again, here to divert us from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as snow drifts down and drifts pile up.  ;- )

This year’s NaHaiWriMo poems, written and posted daily to Facebook and Twitter, will be posted here on Fridays in an end-of-the-week roundup.


Prompts, posts, and participant submissions: https://www.facebook.com/NaHaiWriMo/

More on NaHaiWriMo and writing haiku: http://www.nahaiwrimo.com

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Eat any good writing lately?

In a 2012 interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, Maurice Sendak (author of the children’s classic Where the Wild Things Are) shared an anecdote which shows that a reader’s praise can be bestowed upon a writer in the most unusual — and meaningful — of ways. LOL!
[A little boy] sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters—sometimes very hastily—but this one I lingered over. I sent him a postcard and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim, I loved your card.’ Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.’ That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
No one has eaten any of my writing (that I know of!- ), but I *have* received some very nice comments over the years. THANK YOU, my reader-friends, for making time to glance at my work.  :- )

NaHaiWriMo 2020

. . . Aaaand it’s National Haiku Writing Month once again, here to brighten the winter while hearts pine for spring!  :- D

This year’s NaHaiWriMo poems, written and posted daily to Facebook and Twitter, will be posted here on Fridays in an end-of-the-week roundup.


Prompts, posts, and participant submissions: https://www.facebook.com/NaHaiWriMo/

More on NaHaiWriMo and writing haiku: http://www.nahaiwrimo.com

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Final update: Postcards from the Edge 2019

A couple months ago I mentioned that Canadian artist Lorette C. Luzajic and I collaborated on an entry for the Postcards from the Edge art show, a fundraiser for an organization that helps artists with AIDS called Visual AIDS.

I’m happy to say that our postcard — one of more than 1,400 exhibited — was bought! Here is our piece, plus a few photos from the event, which was held in late February at Bortolami Gallery in Tribeca, NYC. :- )

PFTE2019: Waiting to Get In

Waiting to get in… Photo courtesy of Visual AIDS.

 

PFTE 2019: Racing In

Enthusiasm was at a fever pitch! Photo courtesy of Visual AIDS.

 

PFTE 2019 :The Gallery Space

Checking out the gallery space. Photo courtesy of Visual AIDS.

 

PFTE 2019: Looking at the Artwork

Searching for that perfect piece… Photo courtesy of Visual AIDS.

 

PFTE 2019: Paying Out

Paying out. Photo courtesy of Visual AIDS.


Related posts:

–> Postcards from the Edge

–> Update: Postcards from the Edge

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NaHaiWriMo 2019

Tomorrow is February 1st here in the U.S., and haiku poets across the land will go outside and look for their shadow. Or is that Groundhog Day? Anyway, whether we see our shadow or not, there will follow 28 days of haiku!  :- D

Rather than post to this blog each day, this year I will save up my work and post weekly.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . . Happy New Year — I mean, Happy NaHaiWriMo!

(I’m getting my holidays all confused. LOL!- )


Prompts, posts, and participant submissions: https://www.facebook.com/NaHaiWriMo/

More on NaHaiWriMo and writing haiku: http://www.nahaiwrimo.com

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Update: Postcards from the Edge 2019

This past fall, collaborator-friend Lorette C. Luzajic and I submitted a piece of postcard art to a benefit art show and sale in New York City called Postcards from the Edge. (I wrote about this project in a prior post: Postcards from the Edge.)

It was recently announced that this year, the 21st-annual event will be held on Saturday February 23rd, 10am-6pm, at . . . Bortolami, 39 Walker Street, Tribeca!

Bortolami Gallery, Tribeca

Bortolami Gallery, Tribeca.

Postcards from the Edge offers a rare opportunity to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork from internationally renowned and emerging artists for only $85 each. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, over 1400 works are exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by a famous artist, or one who’s just making their debut in the art world. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with something beautiful, a piece of art they love!

Postcards from the Edge, 2018

Postcards from the Edge, 2018.

If you happen to attend the event and see this postcard on the wall . . .

Red Poppy 29 (Time)

Red Poppy 29 (Time), by Lorette C. Luzajic. Poem by Bill Waters.

. . . please take a photo and send it to feedback4bill@juno.com. Lorette and I would be so grateful!  _/|\_


For more information about Lorette C. Luzajichttp://www.squarefootartbylorette.ca/about.html

For more information about Visual AIDShttp://visualaids.org/about

For more information about Postcards from the Edgehttps://visualaids.org/events/detail/21st-annual-postcards-from-the-edge

For more information about Bortolami Galleryhttps://bortolamigallery.com

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