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Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day 2018

To celebrate Poem-in-Your-Pocket day this year, the local branch of my county library had a reading of short poems. The featured readers were members of The Cool Women Poets critique and performance group and a local middle school student. The Cool Women totally lived up to their name, and the student did a wonderful job reading one poem and then singing another — a born performer!

Members of the audience were also invited to participate. I read Ted Kooser’s “Skater” and, since it was a local crowd, some haiku I penned on Haiku Poetry Day the week before at a well-known nearby environmental preserve.

It was a creatively stimulating event and a very pleasant way to pass an hour among lovers of poetry.  :- )

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Haiku poetry day 2018 (part 2)

This past Sunday, April 15th, I got a jump on International Haiku Poetry Day by attending a haiku get-together at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed environmental preserve in Central New Jersey. The time flew by — too fast, too fast! — as we jumped from topic to topic about haiku-related things.  :- )

The weather was cold, overcast, and a bit drizzly, but our spirits weren’t dampened as we walked a woodland trail in search of haiku moments to capture. The effects of wind were much in evidence in my poems:

littered
with deadfalls:
the path of the wind

heartwood exposed
to the wind and rain . . .
shattered shagbark hickory

windy woods —
the clack and squeak
of branches

Oh, and mud, too. LOL!

surrounded by nature
I watch
my step

Many thanks to Education Director and haiku poet Jeff Hoagland for making this event possible!  _/|\_

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Haiku poetry day 2018 (part 1)

Today is International Haiku Poetry Day, which means it’s time once again for The Haiku Foundation‘s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration!

Welcome to the largest collaborative poem on the internet. The Audubon Society has designated 2018 as the Year of the Bird (does this come as a surprise to anyone?). Plan to share one poem or many in the world’s largest collaborative poem — bird poems are welcome!

Here is the poem I submitted:

shrub bed —
scratching out a living
the sparrow

Will you be doing anything to mark the day, like attending the annual haiku parade? (Oops! Clearly I’m confusing this with Thanksgiving. LOL!- ) But seriously, why not take a moment to look closely at what’s around you? That’s the heart of haiku: being present in the now — poem optional.

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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 . . .
peepers

puff of fluff —
landing on a cattail
the redwing blackbird

fading light . . .
spring leaves growing
luminous

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 (https://tomclausen.com) 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: http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/about/

My author archive at the Mann website: http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/category/author/bill-waters/

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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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