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Capture Your Life’s Moments through Haiku and Senryu

If you’ve been following my posts, I was busy June, July, and August doing many haiku and senryu presentations. (Senryu has the same style as haiku, but it is written about human nature, rather than about nature and the seasons, … Continue reading

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Calling All Chicago Area Haikuists for National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month, and chances are good that no matter where you live, you can find some free poetry events. One spring haiku event down for me, two to go! I just finished judging a haiku contest in … Continue reading

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Learn These Easy Steps to Become a Great Wordsmith!

You can be a great wordsmith! You don’t have to be naturally creative to become one. All you need is Selma Glasser’s classic book The Analogy Book of Related Words: Your Secret Shortcut to Power Writing. I don’t usually review … Continue reading

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Colors That Inspire Haiku

I recently posed this question to fellow haikuists: As a haikuist, what color do you most associate with haiku? This question puzzled a lot of haikuists, and I didn’t get as many responses to my question as I’ve gotten in … Continue reading

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Haiku Keeps You Sane

Does haiku keep you sane? I recently queried haikuists about this. I think it is often true that when you write something down about a problem you’re having, it either helps you to solve it, or it at least offers … Continue reading

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Great Haiku From Haikufest Featured Here

At our Haikufest last Saturday in the Chicago Metro area, members of the Haiku Society of America read samples of their poetry to a large, appreciative audience. Haiku is both a poem and a meditation that captures the moment. Alicia … Continue reading

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On Language Patrol: Avoid These Expressions

I’ve been keeping track again of stale language I’ve read in newspapers and magazines these past few weeks. Feature writers and columnists shouldn’t resort to using these hackneyed terms and phrases: 1) pork barrel 2) acid test 3) bone of … Continue reading

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Haiku That Evokes Peace Anchors Us

I love reading and writing haiku that evokes  a moment of peace. I often find peace in solitude when I’m walking alone, or  late at night when I’m in my living room with no noise coming from outside. I recently … Continue reading

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Use Your Imagination in Writing a Title for Your Poetry Book

I believe poetry book titles are among the hardest ones to come up with.  You can study your bookshelf to inspire you to write a title or study titles at a library or bookstore. In looking through my shelf of … Continue reading

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Feature Writers: Consider Your Description

When I taught  journalism, I harped on students to be more descriptive in writing features for publication. Below are some descriptive sentences that I’ve pulled from some of their papers: 1)  Soft drinks shoot out of a gun that looks … Continue reading

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