New to the Essays page is “Dripping Rain: Learning Haiku from Shunryu Suzuki,” an exploration of the books Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and Not Always So and their application to haiku poetry. I’ve also added a poem for Jane Reichhold on the Memorial Haiku page.
Want to read my latest haiku trifold? I make one or two every year, and my most recent one focuses on the sense of smell. It’s called “The Scent of Roses,” and features thirteen haiku and senryu, two tanka, and one longer poem. Or look for my previous trifold, “Shipping the Oars,” also produced in 2016. Find them both on the Trifolds page, where I’ve just added the latest one, or go directly to the Trifold Downloads page. You can view them online or download copies and print them out—enjoy!
“Thomas and Sarah’s Twelve Days of Christmas” to the Poems page. My two children had fun putting this together in 2012, when they were nine and six years old. See also “Twelve Days of Christmas Pokémon” and “The Twelve Musical Days of Christmas.”
I recently had a book review, “Shadows of Moments,” published in Raven Chronicles Journal, and just added it to the Reviews page. My review is of Paul E. Nelson’s American Sentences, a collection of (mostly) seventeen-syllable one-line poems written daily over more than eleven years. These poems employ the American Sentences form derived from haiku by Allen Ginsberg. More haiku poets should be aware of American Sentences as an alternative to haiku. Meanwhile, I’ve also added a poem for Robert Major to the Memorial Haiku haiku page.
A major new addition to this website is “Your Thoughts,” a collection of appreciations and endorsements for this site by various site visitors, all posted with permission. You can find it on the left-nav menu list, so that’s why I consider it a major addition. My gratitude to each site visitor for his or her appreciations (please let me know if you have your own comments to share). I hope this site, in all its nooks and crannies, is helpful, interesting, and entertaining to everyone who visits.
Just added to the Sequences page is “I’ll Go See,” a set of four poems written “after Bashō.” I’ve also added a new image of an erotic haiku to “Sleeping Over,” also available through the Sequences page. And a new poem for Eric Amann now appears on the “Memorial Haiku” page, available through the Haiku and Senryu page. Please come see!
New to the Rengay page is “Weighing In,” a rengay written with Sonja Arntzen that won first place in the 2016 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest, judged by Garry Gay. Rengay is a six-verse collaborative poetry form that focuses on a central theme—and in this case it shouldn’t be too hard to pick up on our theme. Please have a look.
The year 2008 marked the 100th anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic children’s book, Anne of Green Gables. You can now read “Avonlea,” my 17-poem haiku sequence in honour of this anniversary, available through the Sequences and Haiku and Senryu pages. This sequence just appeared in Bacopa Literary Review in Florida. Have a look!