Category Archives: Mary Jo Balistreri

Daily Haiku: Oct. 11, 2020

a berry in its beak dangling from the juniper cedar waxwing       by Mary Jo Balistreri (USA) Selected Haiku: Chicago Botanic Garden Display  

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Daily Haiku: Oct. 8, 2020

wet sheets snap on the line– chickadee song by Mary Jo Balistreri (USA) Acorn, #33, Fall 2014

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Free Verse by Mary Jo Balistreri

1929 They crashed with the stock market on a Friday. When the bank failed, he was credited with a trunk of paper promises. He forfeited himself. After a nervous breakdown, relief was a jug of wine. What she brought home … Continue reading

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Daily Haiku: July 3, 2020

rip-tide warnings— a surfer at the crest of his wave by Mary Jo Balistreri (USA) Presence, Spring, 2019

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Blog Special: A Stunningly–Beautiful Poetry Collection by Mary Jo Balistreri

In Gatheriing the Harvest, Mary Jo Balistreri has created a stunningly-beautiful, deeply personal, and generous poetry collection that brings us closer to insights, truths, and wisdom relevant to our lives. Balistreri has the courage to face life’s challenges and write … Continue reading

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Haibun by Mary Jo Balistreri

Day of Remembrance   This Memorial Day is different. My father places a small carton of artefacts before me on the kitchen table—things I never knew he had. In seventy years, he never once talked about it, deflecting all questions … Continue reading

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Free Verse by Mary Jo Balistreri

Fall Morning Early this Thursday the sun kindled frost transforming vast fields into silver-tipped etchings. A jay dipped sapphire wings. A fox stood small and quiet. Was he listening to clear resonant melodies rising like breath from the land? Did … Continue reading

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Daily Haiku: April 17, 2020

falling light rinses over his face . . . father at the sink by Mary Jo Balistreri (USA) Tinywords, Jan. 27, 2020

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Blog Special: A Book to Savor

Award-winning Poet and Author Mary Jo Balistreri has written a book that I keep coming back to on my bookshelf.  Still is an adventure to read with many experiences we can all relate to. The poems are like stories. At … Continue reading

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Daily Haiku: Dec. 19, 2019

crook of an oak . . . losing herself in huckleberry finn by Jo Balistreri  (USA)

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