Category: The Haiku Foundation

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

seasons repeat

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

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Mayfly, 58, Winter 2015
Brooks Books Haiku

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4 September 2015

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: April 2, 2016

My Poet Profile at the Haiku Registry, which is a Feature at The Haiku Foundation.  Thank you to former editor Billie Wilson, who helped me create my profile page.

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Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger

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Karl took this peaceful photo at the Parnell Tower Trail park in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit.  We stopped by last Sunday, and hope to return to walk the trail.

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country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

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Published in on down the road, Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology, edited by LeRoy Gorman.

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I first wrote this poem for EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of Light, The Haiku Foundation.

Last year, I wrote a new haiku lesson for the Education Resources feature at The Haiku Foundation.  Thanks to Jim Kacian for his work in publishing the lesson.

Haiku Lesson for All Ages: EarthRise Collaboration Themes and Poems

Ellen Grace Olinger

Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement

So far, I have a list of several poems for my new large print book.  The seasons here – and each month – have their own characters.  We’ll include a few of our photos.

I enjoy learning about the seasons from many places, from our blogs.

When I was recovering from a chronic illness and major surgery years and years ago, I learned a lot about the materials that may work at these times.  This is one of the ways I began writing short poems.  And when I spent time with my mother in a nursing home, I noted the bags residents had attached to their walkers, or how they carried things with them in their wheelchairs.  A change of view from their rooms to a shared sitting room, with something to read, is nice.

So the poems also express experiences in common, in addition to the seasons I know here.

Here are a few that may be in the next book, or another.  There are many layers to the process.

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cold week
ice floats in the water
yet the light is changing
and robins will return
on time

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reading
in a sunny corner
of the house
I could be
any age

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

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seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

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country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller than
the gravestones

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Credits:

my blogs – this opportunity to create with WordPress

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Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog (Daily Haiku)

“seasons repeat”

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Mayfly (Brooks Books Haiku)

“seasons repeat” was published first in Mayfly.

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WestWard Quarterly: The Magazine of Family Reading

“reading”

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Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry

“country cemetery”

tinywords

“seasons repeat”

My Poet Profile page at The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry

“seasons repeat”

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Just a beginning, and with gratitude for all the editors, readers, friends.  I’ll include poems from anthologies in a future post.  Thank you.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

January 22, 2018 – I added more details to the credits.

Mother’s Day 2017: Reflections and Gratitude

My parents were teachers.  Dad taught history, and Mom taught English composition and literature.   I played school when I was a child.  Math and science are hard, but I don’t remember learning how to read. I still read as much as I can.

I studied and worked in special education for 20 years.  Then a chronic illness changed my ability to sustain the physical work.  It was also time to return to Wisconsin for my mother’s old age.  I am well within the quiet small town life we enjoy now.

At the same time, I did not realize what a missing piece teaching was in my life. 

The Haiku Foundation gave me an opportunity to write lesson plans.  I cannot think of a Mother’s Day gift my mother would enjoy more than knowing I am using my teaching gifts again.  My mother also encouraged me to learn a form, and that’s how I began with haiku in the early 1990s.

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The latest plan at The Haiku Foundation:

Sharing Haiku Lesson 1: Book of the Week.

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It is interesting how in a way I am in my mother’s literary world, and I also enjoy learning about haiku history.   The haiku lessons I am writing also reflect my work in special education, and include adaptations so all can participate.  The goal is for all students to have a positive experience with poetry.

In loving memory
Harold and Enola Borgh

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Ellen Grace Olinger