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!- )
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[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.
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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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
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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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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