haiku remix

this new year
     from my to ah
a new I

how soon
     of sun-melted snow
the year is bare

melted year
as guide     sun     snow     river
and baby

/ / /

These poems were written using the Haiku Discombobulater, which I learned of during PoMoSco. I used three haiku by Issa from the spring section, pages 6 to 8.

Beilenson, Peter, trans. The Four Seasons: Japanese Haiku. Mount Vernon, NY: Peter Pauper, 1958. Print.

new year gift-giving
   ah, baby at her bare breast
reaching tiny hands

   still I guess this year too
will only prove so-so

sun-melted snow
   with my stick I guide this great
dangerous river

PoMoSco Plus Nine

Today, I want to share some poems by another poet whose work I came to admire during April, Barbara Crary. Below are some links to her poems at PoMoSco, which you can still read during May:

In going back and rereading Barbara’s poems, I’m noticing a couple of things, a couple of themes that she returned to in her poems. One, the Civil War, which was a revelation to me, and, two, imagination, creating, and poetry.

PoMoSco Plus Three

Here are some poems by Margo Roby, fellow Poetry Month Scout, that I recommend:

I am grateful to Margo for introducing me to PoMoSco, and I am so glad that I signed up. I always enjoy writing/drafting thirty poems (or more) in April for National Poetry Month, but this was a particularly enjoyable experience. Margo also found the time to read my poems, leave me encouraging comments, as well as link to many of my poems on her blog, all of which I am grateful for. Anything I can do to return the favor, I’ll do.

I thought May would be a good month to read more poems on the PoMoSco site, and to continue to link to poems that I’ve enjoyed reading, ones that I think others will enjoy as well. Who better to start with than Margo Roby.

PoMoSco Plus Two

So, foolish me, putting too much on my plate. Not only did I sign up to be a Poetry Month Scout, which was the best month camping trip on Poetry Mountain ever, but I signed up for How Writers Write Poetry 2015, a free online course from the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.

In keeping up with PoMoSco, I didn’t start How Writers Write Poetry 2015 on time, and I’ve fallen behind in the assignments. In fact, some of them are past due and I won’t be able to complete them for credit. But I’ll still work on them for my own satisfaction. I just finished watching the first video, which I recommend. You can find it, Introduction to Notebooking, on YouTube.

I’m going to spend today reading some poems at PoMoSco. Poets, don’t be surprised if I share your poems on Twitter.

PoMoSco Day 30

Today’s poem: aromas!

Order’s Up:

This is the last day of PoMoSco and National Poetry Month, which gives me a chance to read more poems that have been shared. The PoMoSco site is available to all through the end of May; go read some poems.

PoMoSco Day 27

today’s poem: judgmental in trusting

More poems Spaced Out:

I just wanted to say thank you to the people who have been regularly reading my poems and leaving such lovely comments: Margo Roby, Misky Braendeholm, Gary Glauber, and Barbara Crary. I encourage you to read some (or all) of their poems on the PoMoSco website. I have enjoyed reading their poems, and I think you will too.

(I just want to point out here that the paragraph above was written yesterday. And when I logged on this morning to post this blog entry, the four poets mentioned above had already read my poem for today and left comments for me. Again, I am so grateful for this community of poets that I get to be a part of.)

As we are only days away from the end of this month of writing found poems – and I have finished drafting thirty poems – I am in a reflective state in terms of the poems I have been reading this month.

(I have been so much focused on writing, which has been pleasurable; don’t get me wrong. These writing prompts have been so inspirational. I have so many more tools in my poetry toolbox now.)

I have to say how much inspiration I’ve found in reading others’ poems, from the wonderful poems themselves, to how some of the poets have interpreted the prompts, to the source texts they chose. While I’ve been mining, so have so many others. And many of them have found some gems. And we’ve surfaced from the shafts and tunnels to share stories with each other. I hadn’t previously given much thought to that aspect of this project. But now I am. And I’m grateful for it.

There is no way I can read all the poems that have been submitted, nor do I expect dozens and dozens of people to read my poems, but I am grateful for all that is out there. I’ve learned much from drafting these poems, and I’m still learning from reading what others have shared. I spent some time over this past weekend reading poems and leaving comments. There are so many more poems for me to read, as well as other poets that I’m thinking I will be mentioning here. So stay tuned. The PoMoSco website will be available through the end of May; there’s lots more poetry ahead!