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“Tanka in a Bottle” at?…

Earlier this year I completed my first installation of Haiku in the Wild, two dozen wooden haiku mobiles hung on trees and shrubs at a Pennsylvania alpaca and llama farm. This was my first attempt to bring poetry into a (semi-)public place to intrigue people who are accustomed to seeing poems only in books. (For photos, check out my previous post “Haiku in the Wild” at Llamapaloosa 2017.)

In an effort to bring a little bit more poetry to people in public places, I’m currently working on what I call my Tanka in a Bottle project. Each little bottle will contain a pair of tanka — one by me, and one by my friend and talented U.K. poet Caroline Skanne — and a blurb about the Poetry in Public Places Project, a Facebook / real-world group I started in 2016 to create and promote poetry placed in urban and natural landscapes. In total, each batch of 10 bottles will showcase 20 different tanka.

Here’s what these tanka bottles look like:

Tanka in a Bottle (Prototype 2): Components

Tanka in a Bottle (prototype 2): components.

Tanka in a Bottle (Prototype 2): Assembled

Tanka in a Bottle (prototype 2): assembled.

I’m thinking of hanging these bottles in trees at a local park for people to discover and take with them. (Will they be noticeable enough? Will they withstand wind and weather? Will wildlife disturb them?)

Where else should I place “bottled tanka”? I’d love to hear your thoughts!  :- D


The multitalented Caroline Skanne is a poet (@CarolineSkanne), the founding editor of Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems (@hedgerowpoems & hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com), and the founding publisher of Wildflower Poetry Press (@wildflowerpoemswildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com).

To learn more about the Poetry in Public Places Project, please stop by www.facebook.com/groups/PoetryInPublicPlacesProject/.

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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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Violets

they disregard

the No Trespassing sign!

violets

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Two senryu

school days . . .
no romance
in straight-As
 
turn of the tide . . .
pulled by the current
of my thoughts

Published in Prune Juice: A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun, and Haiga (no. 22), page 122 (https://prunejuice.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/pj-22-pdf1.pdf), 7/1/17.

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Cicada

subsiding

into the heat of summer:

cicada


Published in Modern Haiku, June 2017.

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Two on summer

first one

and then another —

cicadas

 

dutch door —

the dog noses open

the bottom half


Published in Akitsu Quarterly: Summer 2016 (http://www.wildgraces.com/Akitsu-Quarterly.html), 6/16/16.

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12 radical reasons to write poetry

Returning for an encore, my “virtual guest-blogger” today is Kelly Belmonte with another thought-provoking, poetry-related list! :- D

All Nine

For most of the first two decades of my business career, I bifurcated my interests between “professional” and “creative.” In retrospect, this was a big mistake and a root cause of much unnecessary tension in my life.

I am a poet and a business professional, and only recently have I realized the benefit of crossing these streams. Now I am a shameless and impassioned advocate for the poetic voice as an integral player in an integrated life. Even those who think they are incapable of writing more than a text message might benefit from a little mingling of right brain and left brain.

Here I would like to offer just a few of the best reasons to give a go at writing a poem every now and then.

1. Brevity

Poetry, in most cases, is a shortened form of expression. What may take pages of prose, you attempt to do…

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June evening

June evening . . .

the music of birds

getting ready for bed

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Rhododendrons

head in the clouds . . .

without warning

rhododendrons


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2017/06/haiku-about-ways-we-experienced-may-23.html), 6/1/17.

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Country airfield

country airfield

formation of geese

coming in for a landing

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