Category: Haiku

Poems from FAMILY FARM Haiku for a Place of Moons by Carol Purington – post updated 2/23/2014

Distant thunder
The patter of peas being shelled
into the dishpan

 

Before rain
the smell of dust
the smell of rain
 

 

Heat wave breaks
Snipping yellow roses
in the soft rain

 

 Goldenrod now . . .
and a monarch poised
on bright asters

 

Cooling into twilight –
cricket after cricket
star after star

 

From
FAMILY FARM
Haiku for a Place of Moons

by

Carol Purington

Please see Carol’s Guest Post on March 27, 2010 for her biography and more information about Family Farm (Winfred Press, 1999).

Photo by Karl Olinger
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Update, February 23, 2014:  Here is the link to Carol’s poetry page at her family website.  http://woodslawnfarm.blogspot.com/p/poetry.html.

You’ll find more poems by Carol, and information about all of her good books.

This link goes to the Winfred Press site.  http://larrykimmel.tripod.com.

Presents of Mind: Haiku and Illustrations by Jim Kacian. Bilingual edition (2006): English and Japanese.

Today I am pleased to share a few excerpts from Presents of Mind, by Jim Kacian (Red Moon Press).

 
Haiku is composed of language.
It cannot be composed of silence.
 
But unlike most language,
haiku does not attempt to oppose silence.
It attempts to point to silence.
 
Haiku can set into motion
oscillations in the silence between us.
 
In this way haiku can be poised
between language and silence.
In this way it can suggest
the centrality of silence.
 
Where silence is shared,
we are all present. 
 
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Reprinted with kind permission from Jim Kacian.
Presents of Mind (2006)
Red Moon Press
 
 

Jim Kacian is Founder and Director of The Haiku Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to archiving of the achievements of our first century of English-language haiku, and creating opportunities for our second; creator and owner of Red Moon Press, the largest and most prestigious publishing house dedicated to English-language haiku in the world; and the author of 15 books of haiku and related works.

The Wikipedia article about Jim Kacian includes additional information.

Post updated on July 8, 2015.

Ancient Words by Margarita Engle and Ellen Olinger: Haiku Sequence in English and Spanish

ANCIENT WORDS

reading ancient words
stones in a field
left by glaciers
EO

pensamiento*
flor de memoria
mi abuela

pansy
flower of memory
my grandma
ME

silent grace
with friends
magnolias
EO

wishing well
my penny
in sunlight
ME

letting go
daffodils bloom
in the compost pile
EO

camino al monte
un sueño
de paz

mountain road
a dream
of peace
ME

*The Spanish name for “pansy,”  which also means “thought.”

“Ancient Words” was published first in Time of Singing (Spring 2010), which is edited by Lora H. Zill.  Contributing Editors for this issue:  Darlene Moore Berg and H. Edgar Hix.

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Margarita’s biography (July 17, 2010):

Margarita Engle is a botanist and the Cuban-American author of young adult novels in verse, most recently The Firefly Letters.

The Surrender Tree received a Newbery Honor, the Pura Belpré Medal, Jane Addams Award, Américas Award, Claudia Lewis Award, and Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor. The Poet Slave of Cuba received the Pura Belpré Medal, Américas Award, and an International Reading Association Award. Tropical Secrets received the Sydney Taylor Award, Paterson Prize, and an Américas Award Commendation. Engle’s next novel in verse is Hurricane Dancers, the First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck, forthcoming from Henry Holt in March, 2011.

Chapbooks include Word Wings (Elin Grace Publishing).

Engle’s first Henry Holt picture book is Summer Birds, the Butterflies of Maria Merian.

Margarita lives in northern California, where she enjoys hiking and helping her husband with his volunteer work for wilderness search and rescue dog training programs. Her next picture book is about search and rescue dogs.

Here are some of the daffodils from the compost pile.
Photo by Karl.

Haiku – Three Questions Series with Curtis Dunlap

Yesterday, I had the privilege of being a guest on Blogging Along Tobacco Road,  which is written, edited, and published by Curtis Dunlap  http://tobaccoroadpoet.com/

The Poets in this Series respond to 3 questions:
1) Why do you write haiku?
2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?
3) Of the many wonderful haiku you’ve written, what do you consider to be your top three?

Here is the link to my answers:  http://tobaccoroadpoet.blogspot.com/2010/04/ellen-olinger-three-questions.html.