Calling All Poets in the Chicago Area!

Dear Chicago Poets,

Please take note of some unique workshops and events in the Chicago area offered by Arlyn Miller of Poetic License Inc. in Glencoe, IL.  Arlyn is a longtime poet and is know for her artistic and imaginative publications, and engaging events and workshops that draw hundreds of people to participate and grow in their creative efforts. Her workshops meld the visual arts and poetry encouraging collaborative opportunities for artists and writers.

Most recently, my poems appeared in her stunning and elegant anthology, in plein air, that features poems and drawings celebrating the natural world. Poetic License Press engages people at all stages of their creativity, appealing to our wisdom, intuition, spirituality, and awe of the world around us.

This is the link to Poetic License and all its unique offerings for both adults and children:

https://www.poeticlicenseinc.net/?message_id=c62cbe5e-efcc-4914-8305-7bcb10be2f3a

Be sure to check out Poetic License, and join in all the enrichment and fun that it offers.

Charlotte Digregorio

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 21, 2018

SENRYU
Last day in London–
wearing my pearls
to see the Crown Jewels
 
by Antoinette Libro (USA)
Modern Haiku, 33:2, 2002

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 20, 2018

august flood–
a sprawling meadow
reflects the stars
 
by Goran Gatalica  (Croatia)
Allegro Poetry Magazine, #18, 2018
 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 19, 2018

migrating geese
without a word we get up
and walk toward home
 
by Nick Avis (Canada), Author
footprints
Hexagram Series
King’s Road Press, 1994

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 18, 2018

widow’s cottage–
rosemary edges closer
to the door
 
by Beverley George (Australia), Author
Spinifex

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 17, 2018

foraging
for
apples
the
taste
of
the
moon
 
by Ron C. Moss (Australia)

 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 16, 2018

senryu
 
all the way from Paris!–
but at the homecoming
she is who she was
 
by Michael McClintock  (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. XXXII, No. 2, Summer 2001
 

 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 15, 2018

twilight . . .
I share the silence
with my silence
 
by Eufemia Griffo (Italy)
cattails, April 2018

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 14, 2018

apples on the ground:
somewhere a school bus
changes gears
 
by Mike Dillon (USA), Author
the road behind

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 13, 2018

senryu
 
I know literature
when I smell it–
the dank book
 
by Michael McClintock (USA)
Blithe Spirit, 2017
 

 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 12, 2018

our eyes
touch and linger
hawk on a wire
 
by Sandi Pray  (USA)
The Heron’s Nest, Vol. XX, No. 2, June 2018
 

 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 11, 2018

the hem of my dress
too wet for the wind


by Peg Duthie (USA/Taiwan)
tinywords, 10:1, 2010

 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 10, 2018

senryu
 
emptiness
a blank page
full of stories
 
by Steven E. Zimmerman (USA)
Modern Haiku, 39.1, 2008
 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 9, 2018

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 8, 2018

spring  afternoon

in and out of a nap–

the breeze

 

 

by Stanford M. Forrester (USA), Author

handful of sand

 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 7, 2018

bayside motel
the distant fog horn
beckons me
by Robert Epstein (USA), Author
 
Checkout Time is Soon
 

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Authors: Connect with Your Readers

I am celebrating a milestone this month.  I have been an author for 39 years! I have learned many things, but the most important thing is to connect with my readers. I never pass up an opportunity to speak or do a reading.

Often, I correspond with excellent authors who tell me it’s too stressful for them to do a reading or to speak. I find this is especially true of poets. While I respect their feelings, I know other authors who have pushed themselves to do so, and they have reached the point where it is no longer so stressful, and they realize the benefits are worth it.

On Sunday, Nov. 25, I will do a poetry reading at Brewed Awakening in Westmont, IL at 12:30 p.m.  At this cafe, I will be signing my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. It’s out of my area, but I always make the effort to invest the time to drive a long distance, if necessary. I did a reading there a few years ago and very much enjoyed it.

The thing that I most enjoy is meeting new people and talking to them. I am always genuinely interested in hearing about them or their work, even if they are not writers or retired or something else. Selling books is a plus, but if I go away not having sold a lot of books, it’s still worth it. We don’t get rich from selling poetry.

As a writer, we should grab at opportunities to expand our horizons and see new things and meet new people. How else do we grow as people and writers? And, we sure get a lot of new writing ideas from talking to others, hearing about what they write or their reactions to what we write.

So the next time, someone asks you to speak or do a reading, and you feel like you’d rather not, give it a second thought. Get out of your comfort zone! Life is not easy!

And, I hope to meet a lot of new people in the Chicago area at Brewed Awakening on Nov. 25! Stop by, and we’ll chat.

Copyright 2018 by Charlotte Digregorio.

 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 6, 2018

a bee is droning
somewhere in the sleeves
of a scarecrow
 
by Tom Dawe (Canada), Author
sea foam swings in the bluebell
Hexagram Series
King’s Road Press, 2005
 

 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 5, 2018

stars and constellations
no one to tell us
their names

 

by Jean Jorgensen (Canada), Author

Briefly Snowflakes

Hexagram Series

King’s Road Press, 2001

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 4, 2018

close of day
each camellia leaf
cups the sunset
 
by Beverley George (Australia), Author
Spinifex

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 3, 2018

senryu
leaving the frontier
the border guard’s pen
in my pocket
 
by Grant Savage  (Canada), Author
Finding a Breeze
Hexagram Series
King’s Road Press, 2009
 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 2, 2018

SENRYU
sun in my eyes
my mother will never see
all of me
 
by Mary Stevens  (USA)
International Women’s Haiku Festival, March 21, 2017
 

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Daily Haiku: Sept. 1, 2018

tomcat
lying in the shade
of the birdfeeder
by John S. O’Connor (USA), Author
Things Being What They Are
 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 31, 2018

for a moment

two leaves touch

as they fall

 

by Nick Avis (Canada), Author

footprints

Hexagram Series

King’s Road Press, 1994

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 30, 2018

senryu
 
 
formal dinner . . .
reflected in the cutlery
my sagging chin
 
by Michael Fessler (Japan), Author
arrangements

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 29, 2018

rainbow flash
a kingfisher swoops
on its prey


by Kohana (Marta Chocilowska), Poland
Asahi Haikuist Network, March 20, 2015

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 28, 2018

senryu
tiki bar
a part of me feels
right at home
 
by Roberta Beary  (Ireland/USA)
 

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 27, 2018

x-ray room

they remove

her crucifix

 

by Tom Clausen  (USA)

Modern Haiku, Fall 1995

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 25, 2018

cherry blossom–
a monarch butterfly
touches her palms
 
by Goran Gatalica  (Croatia)
Acorn, #39, Fall 2017
 

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 24, 2018

day moon . . .

last night’s garlic

still on my fingers

 

 

by Brad Bennett (USA)

Acorn, No. 40, Spring 2018

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 23, 2018

between serves

listening to the crickets

 

 

by Marco Fraticelli (Canada), Author

high noon

King’s Road Press, 2008

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 22, 2018

censor’s strikes
in dad’s war posts—
silverfish
 
by Jo Balistreri (USA)
Modern Haiku, Vol. 49.1, Winter-Spring 2018

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 21, 2018

sun on boarded windows

and gull cries

high in august clouds

 

by Tom Dawe (Canada), Author

sea foam swings in the bluebell

Part of the Hexagram Series

King’s Road Press, 2005

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 20, 2018

fresh cedar chips
I jump off the swing
into childhood
 
 
 
by Christina Nguyen  (USA)
this world
Haiku Society of America
2013 Members’ Anthology

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 19, 2018

A special feature appears today: An interview with Robert Epstein about his new haiku collection, Checkout Time is Soon. Included are some sample haiku! Please read the interview and haiku below:

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You have published a second book of haiku related to the theme of death: Checkout Time is Soon: More Death Awareness Haiku.

Why did you write this book?

Since the age of four, when my maternal grandfather died of a stroke and surviving family members were visibly bereft, I have been frightened by death. As an adult, I have spent many years endeavoring to face this deep-seated fear of death and dying. I attended numerous retreats on conscious living and dying facilitated by the late meditation teacher, Stephen Levine and his wife, Ondrea. I have read a good deal on this subject.

What helped me a lot was discovering the Japanese death poems of monks, samurai, and others which were collected and translated into English by Buddhist scholar, Yoel Hoffmann, entitled, Japanese Death Poems. It was a literature of loss that felt spiritually elevating and inspiring. I summoned the courage to begin writing death poems. Of course, since I am not on the brink of death, I realized that I needed to call them something else.

Death awareness haiku have been my attempt to face my own mortality. Doing so is important, because as the Buddha taught, living fully calls for an ongoing consciousness of our own transient or impermanent nature.

Recently, someone contacted me via e-mail for information about death poems and that query in itself precipitated an outpouring of death awareness haiku that I gathered together in this book of poems. I was surprised by how many poems came tome, almost unbidden. I thought, perhaps, I had exhausted the genre by creating a blog some years ago devoted to death awareness haiku, but I guess the haiku well I draw from is still active. (www.deathawarenesshaiku.blogspot.com)

How is this book similar to or different from the first book you wrote on the subject, Checkout Time is Noon: Death Awareness Haiku?

 

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The first book of death awareness haiku was directly influenced by the death poems I read in Hoffmannʼs book, Japanese Death Poems. Hoffmann had suggested that death poems reflected the spiritual essence of the writer, and so I consciously tried to offer such a legacy in the poems I wrote. In retrospect, I think I may have been straining to be profound.

In my new book, I gave myself a bit more room to be playful, even light-hearted, without, I hope, trivializing the serious nature of the topic. I liked the idea of building the book around the theme of visiting a hotel or motel, since we humans are all travelers by virtue of our finiteness. The resulting poems may not be memorable or enduring but I enjoyed writing them and giving voice to a wide range of concerns relating to mortality.

Some might say that focusing on death is morbid or “negative.” How do you respond to this criticism?

Surprisingly enough, an American-born Buddhist faulted me for editing a book on grief and loss, suggesting that I didn’t need to dwell so much on the “negative.” I took great exception to this, because from my point of view, contemplating death or giving poignant expression to the love that underlies sadness and loss, is anything but morbid.

Unlike most Westerners, I do not divide the world into positive and negative. I regard such a template or frame of reference as misguided. I am interested instead in what the secular teacher, J. Krishnamurti, calls what is– meaning life as-it-is beyond our ideas, beliefs, memories and preconceptions. Death and loss are inextricable, inescapable aspects of life and there is much to be learned by facing our limited time here on Earth.

In fact, I passionately maintain that an awareness of our own mortality may enable us to live more sensitively, gratefully, fully.

I want to be clear that I am not encouraging people to become obsessed with death, per se. That would defeat the whole purpose of enjoying and appreciating life. For those who are already inclined toward despair or whose impaired mental health takes them precariously close to suicide, it is inadvisable to contemplate mortality. For those who are emotionally and spiritually balanced, there is a lot to be said for meditating on impermanence.

How do you think readers might benefit from reading death poems or death awareness haiku?

 Despite the heroic efforts of pioneering thanatologists like Elizabeth Kubler-Ross who opened the doors to death and dying in the 1960s, we still tend to relegate the subject to the margins of our lives. Many, if not most people, find it very uncomfortable to talk about cemetery plots, cremation, funerals, death anniversaries, and a host of other aspects of death.

My hope is that these books of death awareness haiku––many of which are written in a light-hearted spirit––might enable readers to dwell a while on the subject. If fear is a factor contributing to avoidance, perhaps the poems may take the edge off the fear.

It would please me if readers might share the haiku with friends or family, prompting conversations with loved ones about death and dying. Doing so might even deepen closeness or intimacy.

While I do not consider haiku poetry as therapy in itself, death awareness haiku may contain a therapeutic element. That is, a healing quality insofar as it enables the reader to face something perhaps they (or others they know) have avoided.

Wonʼt readers be spooked or scared by reading death awareness haiku?

It is possible that some readers might respond initially with fear to some of the poems in the book. Each reader needs to be emotionally attuned to his or her needs and limits. I maintain that human beings are fundamentally strong and capable of facing their fears.

In my therapy work, I might ask someone frozen in fear whether they would prefer to cross the busiest street in San Francisco during the height of rush hour wearing a blindfold or not. No one has ever opted for the blindfold. Each time we sensitively face our fear we are simultaneously building courage.

Do you recommend that readers write death poems or death awareness haiku?

Writing death awareness haiku is a matter of individual choice. That said, I think I would encourage readers to try their hand at writing haiku about other subjects of interest relating to their daily lives. I donʼt think I would encourage a beginning haiku poet to start out with death awareness haiku unless someone feels a strong desire to do so. In that case, by all means write away. For those wishing to write death poems, I recommend at some point reading  Japanese Death Poems.

Can you give a few examples of death awareness haiku from your new book?

 Here are a few poems from Checkout Time is Soon that I like:

 

packing. . .

but I only need one

birthday suit

 

tea on the balcony

how small things

elevate us

 

free ice

how long will it keep

in a casket?

 

little spider

your lifespan & mine

about the same

 

listen for me

the wind through

your buttonholes

 

Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

 

Yes, for those interested in delving into the literature on death and loss from an existential or spiritual perspective, I have included a Suggested Reading list in my book. These are all books that I have read over the years and found helpful.

I would also like to call attention to the Foreword that you graciously wrote for the book. You highlighted many of the affirming aspects of death awareness poetry that I have tried to summarize in this exchange, and I am very grateful to you for doing so.

Robert Epstein

El Cerrito, CA

14 August 2018

Copyright 2018 by Robert Epstein.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 18, 2018

end of summer
the Great Blue Heron stretches
into its shadow
 
by Terry Ann Carter (Canada), Author
Now You Know
King’s Road Press, 2011
Part of the historic Hexagram Series

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 17, 2018

Graveside
grandson blowing
dandelion.
by Alexis Rotella  (USA), Author
An Unknown Weed
King’s Road Press, 1991
Part of the historic Hexagram Series

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 16, 2018

summer drought
the crack in his heel
bleeds
 

 

by Cyndi Lloyd (USA)

Modern Haiku, 48.1, Winter-Spring, 2017

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 15, 2018

lingering heat–
the tempo of flies
on the cow’s tail
 
by Goran Gatalica (Croatia)

The Mainichi, 13.4, 2018

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 13, 2018

fireflies
burn for someone
without love
 
by Chiyo-ni
From: A Thousand Years: The Haiku and Love letters of Chiyo-ni 
by Marco Fraticelli  (Canada)
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Familiar Sayings That Can Apply to Haiku & Senryu

First, thanks to all who took the time to reply to my request for familiar sayings that can apply to haiku and senryu. Twenty-one of you submitted mostly two sayings which I stated was the maximum. Some people tried to sneak in a third which I deleted.

Some of you didn’t state your country or full name, so I contacted you with a reply beneath your submission and tried to look the info up. If I didn’t get the needed information, it appears as such. (Off hand, I don’t always remember of what nationality you are, and some of you have never been featured on The Daily Haiku, so I don’t know your nationality.)

Some repeated what others had already listed, so I tried to contact you to ask you to submit another saying.

Further, some stated what I thought was more like an explanation than a saying, so I edited those.

If I forgot anyone, my apologies. Please write to me and I will insert what you said.

May you always find thoughtfulness, peace, and healing in haiku and senryu.

 

These are your sayings:

 

  • Susan Beth Furst (USA)

–In a nutshell

 

  • Marta Chocilowska (Poland)

–Less is always better

–Mindfulness

 

  • Tricia Knoll (USA)

–First the breath, then the wind

–The space before you look twice

 

  • Alan Summers (“Observable Universe”)

–Senryu: humanity with all its warts or despite them

–Haiku: all of nature (not to be confused with hokku)

 

  • Sari Grandstaff (USA)

–The senses are the sunshine and water

–The haiku is the garden

 

  • Maria Laura Valente (Italy)

–Eternity in a moment

–The less you say the more it means

 

  • Barb Germiat (USA)

–Less is more

–A few words capture the essence

 

  • Rachel Sutcliffe (England UK)

–What more to say?

–The bare necessities

 

  • Linda Ludwig (no country stated)

– Wear your heart on your sleeve

– Paint it with words

 

  • Barbara Tate (USA)

–A moment of ‘now’ for a moment later

–It’s the little things that count

 

  • Mike Rehling (USA)

–An addiction to the present moment

–The clarity of fog

 

  • Marietta McGregor (Australia)

–Deeply into the tiniest of things–to see the world in a grain of sand

–When our inner vision opens, our horizons expand

 

  • Lucia Cardillo (Italy)

–The instant with the five senses

–To suggest without saying

 

  • marinabita (Italy)

–Three colorful brush strokes

–A point in time and space

 

  • Frank Tassone (USA)

–The beauty of it all

–In a single breath

 

  • Steve Schultz (USA)

–A potent portal

–Good things come in small packages

 

  • Paul Beech (UK)

–Meaningful moments distilled

–Spare words with much said between

 

  • Marilyn Walker (USA)

–Little jewels

 

  • Nancy Brady (USA)

–Short and sweet (or not so sweet)

 

  • Maureen Sudlow (New Zealand)

–A painting in small words

 

  • Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)

–A little parcel of experience

 

Charlotte Digregorio  (USA)

–As far as your mind will go

–The long and short of it

 

 Copyright 2018 by Charlotte Digregorio

 

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 12, 2018

rose hips and roses and buds
on the same bush
August evening





by Philomene Kocher (Canada)
Frogpond, XXIV:1, 2001

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 11, 2018

all the seasons
sitting
by her deathbed

 
by Elmedin Kadric  (Sweden)
Frogpond, 41:2, 2018

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 10, 2018

early light—
a spill of nasturtiums
down the stone wall
 
by Billie Wilson (USA)
Mann Library’s Daily Haiku, 2008
 

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 9, 2018

first frost

both sides

of the fallen leaf

 

 

by Gretchen Graft Batz (USA)

South by Southeast, 18:1, 2011

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Please Contribute a Saying that Describes Haiku & Senryu

Dear Loyal Readers and Followers:

I’ve been thinking about short, familiar sayings that can apply to haiku.

Mine are:

  1.  As far as your mind will go
  2.  The long and short of it

 

What are yours? Please submit no more than two per person.

Also, please be careful not to repeat what others have said.

I will run the results on Sunday. So hurry!

Respond below, and I will compile all your replies into one post.

Include your name and country.

Best,

Charlotte Digregorio, Author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 8, 2018

bluebonnets on our roadtrip  . . .

my eyes turn

to the rainbow

 

 

by Ann Lammas (USA)

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 7, 2018

SENRYU



window shopping
my reflection tries on dress
after dress




by Pris Campbell (USA)
Frogpond,Vol.36:3, Autumn 2013
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Daily Haiku: Aug. 6, 2018

harvest
’round the clock
–dust and diesel
 
by Ignatius Fay  (Canada), Co-Author
Breccia

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Daily Haiku: Aug. 5, 2018

Dear Readers and Followers:

I have an announcement about a chapbook that is hot off the press:

 

souvenir shop: memories of the highland park zoo

 by Susan Beth Furst

 

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 Below are two of the poems in the collection:

 

polar bears

skinny-dipping

summer moon

 

reptile house–

behind the glasses

beady eyes

 

 Back Cover Testimonial:

Susan Beth Furst’s collection is simply a delight–playful, vibrant, and clever. A tender expression pervades about the animal kingdom, combined  with colorful visual images that appeal to the inner child in us all. Concise, endearing, and fresh poems. A treasure!

–Charlotte Digregorio, Author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All

 

 

Published by baby buddha press, 2018

Stanford M. Forrester, Editor & Publisher

 

To learn more about this book and Furst’s other work, contact her at: sfurst14@aol.com

 

Furst’s website: http://www.intothehaikuforest.org

 

 

 

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