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Two ekphrastic poems

A pair of new ekphrastic poems at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku.

I hope you’ll give them a look!  :- )

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Three ekphrastic poems

Three new pieces of ekphrastic poetry at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku.

I hope you’ll give them a look!  :- )

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Haiku poetry day 2017 follow-up

Yesterday evening I spent an enjoyable couple hours at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed in the company of enthusiastic haiku poets. The sunset was really spectacular . . .

Sunset at The Watershed

Sunset at The Watershed.

. . . and the activity in a pond full of cattails was something worth seeing (and hearing!). Spring peepers and green frogs exercised their vocal c(h)ords while redwing blackbirds called and downy woodpeckers drilled for their dinner.  :- )

Of the dozen haiku I wrote, here are three that I’d especially like to share:

standing silent
just long enough . . .

puff of fluff —
landing on a cattail
the redwing blackbird

fading light . . .
spring leaves growing

And so ended International Haiku Poetry Day for me!  :- )

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Haiku poetry day 2017

Happy International Haiku Poetry Day, haiku-lovers everywhere!  :- D

This evening I’ll be attending a Haiku Foundation event at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed environmental preserve in Central New Jersey:

International Haiku Poetry Day — Ginko & Reading

Join Education Director and haiku poet Jeff Hoagland on a ginko, a haiku walk, in celebration of this traditional Japanese form of poetry, with its luminous focus on nature. This event is co-sponsored by The Haiku Foundation.

Do you have any plans for Haiku Poetry Day? I’d love to hear about them!

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Mann Library’s Daily Haiku

For more than a decade now, Cornell University’s Mann Library has been running a Daily Haiku program through which esteemed haiku poet Tom Clausen ( shares the poems of select haiku poets.

Throughout April — National Poetry Month — my work will be showcased on the Mann website. Many, many thanks, Tom, for helping my haiku reach more readers through this very cool venue!  _/|\_

More about the Daily Haiku:

My author archive at the Mann website:

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The Luzajic Variations

Intriguing. Mysterious. The Luzajic Variations, poems by American writer Bill Waters inspired by and crafted from titles of paintings by Canadian artist Lorette C. Luzajic — at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku.  ;- )

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Imperial Germany, 1918

Who knew that buried in the prose of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is a poem about Imperial Germany’s growing awareness that it was on the brink of losing the First World War?

“Reading Between the Lines of A Tale of Two Cities: Imperial Germany, 1918″, at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku!  :- D

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Two ekphrastic poems

Two new pieces of ekphrastic poetry at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku.

Care to check ’em out?  :- )

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Ominous dreams

Who among us hasn’t had an ominous dream?

“Ominous Dreams”, a trio of short prose poems at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku!

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Three poems

Man does not live by haiku alone. (Nor does woman.)

A rhyming quatrain, an “excavation poem”, and a book spine poem at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku.  :- D

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