Category: Literature

love of literature

These are a few of my poems that I wrote for this blog, and that have been reprinted by editors and publishers in print journals and a book.

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

Acrostic poem for LIBRARY

July 18, 2012
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

August 20, 2012
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (2019)
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press
West Union, WV

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

July 22, 2011
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

Time Of Singing, Summer 2012

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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Acrostic Poem for SEASON

 ilence
E  nlivens
A  nd
S  olitude
O  pens
N  ew thoughts

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 (KJV)

SEASON is one of the poems from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

Daily Life These Days

Early morning, and I sit in silence for a time. An old haiku:

cup of coffee
by the water
this day to God

Lake Michigan water levels are at record highs.

Then I cook a healthy breakfast, and stay current with the news. Check my WordPress reader, and always so much art and hope here. I continue to follow the daily instructions from my Care Team. Grateful.

Sanctuary Series, 1985 is an interesting post from Art Discarded 2 “Art that has been tossed by the wayside and rediscovered.” I remember being at an art museum with my family when young. The colors.

I saw a robin in the yard this morning, and perennials grow again.

An email today from Charlotte at Madeleine L’Engle about a short story collection by Madeleine, The Moment of Tenderness, released today. The introduction is by Charlotte Jones Voiklis, who is Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter and executor of her estate. Madeleine’s books are good for this time, and always.

Another old haiku:

old photos
on my desk —
bleeding hearts in bloom

Published first in Time Of Singing (1994). Also reprinted with the poems selected for my Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation. Billie Wilson was editor then and helped me with my page.

Patience, peace, home
Ellen Grace Olinger

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books on the shelf

books on the shelf
supported by each other
kindness of friends

(from my archives)

Three of the books on my shelf today are:

The Psalms: With Commentary by Kathleen Norris. Riverhead Books, New York, November 1997. Commentary copyright 1997 by Kathleen Norris. I am referring to this book, which reprints from the King James Version of the Bible, for my series at Poems From Psalms And Nature. I read different translations of the Bible, old and new.

Some Glad Morning: Poems by Barbara Crooker. Pitt Poetry Series. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA. Copyright 2019 by Barbara Crooker. Please visit her site for more information. I own and have read many of Barbara’s books.

The Heron’s Nest Volume 21 2019. This is an annual print edition. John Stevenson is Managing Editor. Please visit The Heron’s Nest for more information. The March 2020 online issue of this English-language haiku journal is also there.

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Creative Notes: Psalms And Nature, Haiku

This time of great need is a post I wrote yesterday, at Poems From Psalms And Nature. Then the next post was from Psalm 17.

I also wrote about the Psalms in 2010, in the Haiku – Three Questions series edited by Curtis Dunlap. Ellen Olinger – Three Questions is my page at his site, Blogging Along Tobacco Road. There is a significant poetry archive there.

Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

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Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing by Charlotte Digregorio

I received Charlotte Digregorio’s new print book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, this week. Yesterday, I began reading and am grateful for her art.

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog features many poets, and I am honored to be published there.

Please read Charlotte’s post, Heal Yourself with this Book, for more information.

You can also refer to her post, It’s Published! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing.

Ellen Grace Olinger