Dragonfly news . . .

high notes
a red dragonfly skims
across the sound

My ku-buddy Melissa Allen, whose work is a constant source of inspiration, has put out a call for all things dragonfly (i.e., haiku, haiga, tanka) to be posted on her Red Dragonfly blog next week.  For those of you who frequent Melissa’s blog (and if you don’t, why don’t you?), you may remember a similar posting she did a week or two ago on mushrooms, where she featured an amazing collection of mushroom-related haiga, haiku and tanka.  Fun!

I wrote the above haiku for Melissa as a tribute to her wonderful coverage of Haiku North America’s recent conference in Seattle.  Even though I wasn’t, alas, able to attend myself, Melissa’s pictures and reportage made me feel like I was there by her side as she wove her way through workshops and readings and dinners and all around Seattle.  (Check out her postings of the event for a great vicarious haiku-esque vacation!)  And remember to drop her a line (or two or three) of your dragonfly-inspired poetry.  I’m going to try my hand at a tanka this time . . . just sayin’.

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About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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13 Responses to Dragonfly news . . .

  1. Can’t wait to see your tanka, Margaret! And can I have your permission to use your haiku in my post? I love it!

  2. Eric says:

    I dropped Melissa a link to a dragonfly haiku of mine.

  3. sanjuktaa says:

    Love that haiku!

  4. cool ku Margaret – and… having lived in the area for a few years… cool Sound ku too. aloha.

    • Thanks, Wrick. Wasn’t Melissa’s post brilliant? So many beautiful poems . . . and images. You two make such a great team. I am blessed to be in such good company!

      • aloha Margaret – yeah, i think Melissa understands/knows how to connect up image and words really well – not to mention finding a great voice to speak from in her blog…. i suspect she’s a natural editor (is that what an editor does?). i think it’s her ability with words that make the images blossom – for my work they certainly feel that way to me. i think she could easily create books along these lines. which i’ve tried to tempt her into… she’s having none of that – yet – …the perfectionist wanting to know all – First, that she claims to be – ha. (i hope you’re reading this Melissa – may be i can entice Margaret into tempting you into the world of books and zines and things too – mwahahahahaha). yeah, it’s a terrific post – and – (imo) you have to count your company in that group as belonging there just as much as anyone else. way cool on that. fortunate we all are. aloha.

        • Everything you said . . . and then some! Best, M.

        • Sheesh, can’t turn my back on you people without you starting to talk about me … at least you’re saying nice things. 🙂
          My problem with creating books is not really so much my perfectionism as my complete lack of time. If there were some way to earn a living doing that I’d be doing it in a heartbeat, unfortunately I have to deal with these unpleasant realities like school and work…it leaves me enough spare time to dabble in poetry and blogging but not so much to create something as ambitious as what you’re talking about. But maybe when I finish grad school and I’m unemployed…

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