Category: Language Arts

Creative Notes

Almost fall, and I’m reading the Fall 2017 WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading. 

This week I heard from the Editor, Shirley Anne Leonard, about my recent submission of poems from my blogs.  One of your favorites, Acrostic for Library, will appear in the new Fall issue.

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

I am grateful to be able to share poetry in many ways.

Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Education Resources at The Haiku Foundation

For a few years, I served as a volunteer in education at The Haiku Foundation.

In 2013, their Education Resources feature was first published.  Jim Kacian and I wrote the first set of lessons for the elementary grades.  Montage: The Book, edited by Allan Burns, was a primary textbook.  Dave Russo and Billie Wilson also helped with this work.  Billie was the editor of the Haiku Registry, and I read there a lot, as I wrote lessons.

Brad Bennett and Jeannie Martin hosted the How We Haiku – Teaching Stories series.  The 19 stories are also listed on the Education Resources page, and you can link to the original posts at The Haiku Foundation.

Many poets, teachers, and scholars contribute their work.

Ellen Grace Olinger

August poems

August
old wild roses
bloom again

path to the garage
on the branch bowed down
two new roses

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warm August night
light fading –
already?

Time Of Singing (1996)

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mid-August
blueberries on sale
from Canada now

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late summer garden
and the lake in sun
blessings of friendship

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a small crowd
waits for the doors to open–
the library

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autumn in the air
young people
open doors for me
at the library

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wind sounds
and wildflowers
in Aunt Marie’s pitcher
gifts of late August

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When my spirit
was overwhelmed within me,
then thou knewest my path.

Psalm 142: 3a (KJV)

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Short Poems for July

recollections
of summers gone by
voices on the breeze

From 2012

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country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing
Summer 2012

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early hours
of quiet and poetry
gardens overflow
and if some winter
my mind forgets
my heart will know

From 2015

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loved for years
and now I know your name
blue chicory

“loved for years” was reprinted by Charlotte Digregorio for the Daily Haiku: May 27, 2017.

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chicory_illustrationImage: wpclipart