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New Jersey Botanical Garden haiku installation 2022

National Poetry Month was especially kind to me this year. :- )

Not only did two of my haiku get displayed on yard signs at Mercer County Library (N.J.), two others got a similar treatment at the New Jersey Botanical Garden as part of the Haiku Poets of the Garden State’s annual installation!

first spears
then trumpets:
hostas emerging

shrub bed —
scratching out a living
the sparrow

I don’t have photos of the signs to share, but one of my poems is part of a collage created by the NJBG:

Poems placed outdoors are such a pleasant surprise! Have you ever seen any? And if so, where? I’d love to hear from you! :- )

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National Poetry Month @ MCL, 2022

To celebrate National Poetry Month last April, Mercer County Library (Lawrence, New Jersey, branch) graciously hosted an installation of my haiku: ten yard signs placed in the grass and gardens across the front of the building.

The concept was a hit, and this year the library adopted the program and produced a dozen signs of their own! (Two of my haiku are in the mix.)

What began as a one-time “proof of concept” initiative has transformed into an annual event. Let’s hear it for poetry-loving librarians everywhere! ::applause, applause::

gone to seed . . . / dandelion wishes / on the breeze (Photo courtesy of Julia Cuddahy, MCL reference librarian.)
public library / the little girl skips / to the door (Photo by Bill Waters.)

For more information about the Mercer County Library System: https://mcl.org/branches/lawrence

For more information about the Poetry in Public Places Project: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PoetryInPublicPlacesProject

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Fairy door no. 3: Cranberry Cottage

I seem to be on a roll with fairy doors lately. Here is my third one! :- D

          gone dancing . . .
          carried on a breeze
          pixie-song

Note: The poem on the sign first appeared in a public poetry installation of fairy houses in New Mexico — an initiative of the very creative mother/daughter duo Maternal Mitochondria. See New scrolls in the fairy houses if you want more information. ;- )

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Fairy door no. 2: Pine Cottage

Same poem, different door.

For this one, I used pine cone scales to create an overhang, to keep the rain out. ;- )


Note: The poem on the sign first appeared in a public poetry installation of fairy houses in New Mexico — an initiative of the very creative mother/daughter duo Maternal Mitochondria. See New scrolls in the fairy houses if you want more information. ;- )

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Fairy door no. 1: Pin Oak Cottage

What is it about turning big things into small things that makes them so appealing? Doll houses, Matchbox cars, bonsai trees, dioramas . . . and fairy doors. :- )

I’m not “into” the tiny folk; I just enjoy seeing a tree with a little, tiny door on it. (Now that I think about it, who doesn’t enjoy a door on a tree? Come on, be honest with yourself!- )

And because I’m a poet, I had to include a haiku-on-a-sign — in miniature, of course.

What’s your favorite miniature thing? . . .


Note: The poem on the sign first appeared in a public poetry installation of fairy houses in New Mexico — an initiative of the very creative mother/daughter duo Maternal Mitochondria. See New scrolls in the fairy houses. ;- )

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Day haiku

New Year’s Day —

the sun sleeps late

too


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2022/01/morning-haiku-from-sunrise-to-noon.html), 1/1/22.

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Public library

Each day The Haiku Foundation posts a different haiku on its home page — and yesterday it was one of mine! :- D

THF calls this feature Per Diem, and the theme for December is libraries.

public library
the little girl skips
to the door

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Body haiku

flip-flops in October —

the sparkle of

her toenails


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/11/body-haiku.html), 11/1/21.

Haiku about numbers

6 p.m.

this morning’s tea

cold in the cup


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/10/numbers.html), 10/1/21.

New haiku

watermelon sunset . . .

I spit a seed

into the sky


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal (http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/09/new-haiku.html), 9/1/21.

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