National Poetry Month: Guest Post #3, Cara Holman . . .

I’m happy to share some of my friend Cara Holman’s haiku as my third National Poetry Month guest poet.  Cara lives in Oregon and is a frequent contributor to online and print journals that feature her lovely haiku, haibun and tanka, as well as an avid kukai participant and winner.  She also writes prose.  (Her essays have appeared in several of the Chicken Soup series.)  To sample more of Cara’s work, visit her blog, Prose Posies, where she too is sharing guest posts in honor of National Poetry Month.

Here’s what she has to say about why she writes haiku and three of her spring haiku:

“After a breast cancer diagnosis in 2006, I joined a writing group for women cancer survivors.  I had no expectations, beyond hoping it would be therapeutic for me.  It was!  Although we wrote prose, I was reintroduced to poetry, since we started every meeting by reading a poem or two from one of Garrison Keillor’s anthologies.  Soon I started writing poetry, as well as prose. I can’t say precisely how or when I rediscovered haiku.  Somehow in the process of seeking out online poetry sites, I discovered online haiku journals and kukai contests.  Now I’m hooked.  The haiku community has been so wonderful and supportive.  I attended my first haiku conference last year, and have had the pleasure in seeing a number of my haiku and related forms published in online and print journals.”

–Cara Holman

dreamless sleep . . .
drifting in and out
of birdsong

     A Hundred Gourds 1:1, December 2011

garden spider–
weaving the dew
into its web

First Place, Shiki Kukai, November 2010

barefoot summer. . .
a drop of honeysuckle
on my tongue

Standing Still: The Haiku North America
2011 Conference Anthology

[Sponsored by Couplets–the brainchild of Joanne Merriam of Upper Rubber Boot Books–this exchange is just one of many going on during this month-long celebration. I’ll be hosting several haiku/tanka poets here this month.]


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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17 Responses to National Poetry Month: Guest Post #3, Cara Holman . . .

  1. sanjuktaa says:

    Loved that last one! Thank you Cara for sharing your poetry with us. And thanks Margaret, for bringing us Cara Holman!

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  3. terrilfrench says:

    I love Cara’s poetry. Thanks for featuring her, Margaret.

  4. Marie Elena says:

    barefoot summer. . .
    a drop of honeysuckle
    on my tongue

    I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this one, Cara. Absolute loveliness! Thank you, Margaret, for featuring Cara today.

    • Cara Holman says:

      I wrote this one for April 2011 NaHaiWriMo, Marie Elena. It was workshopped online, at the Bend HSA quarterly meeting, and then again when I submitted it to the conference anthology. I have never had a haiku receive more attention. 😉

  5. Lisa Hills says:

    Cara Holman, is my blooming flower who’s sweet perfumed fragrance fills my heart with her written words. Days spent with her, writing and listening to her readings were a treasured joy! Thank you for thinking of Cara Holman, Margaret!!
    Love this one Cara! It makes me think of our wet Springs here in the Pacifc Northwest;

    garden spider-
    weaving the dew
    into its web – Cara Holman

  6. alee9 says:

    I’ve always loved Cara’s haiku, which i first read at NaHaiWriMo where we met. It feels smooth like silk, for me, yet deep like velvet–I touch it and my fingers sink into a web of many colors, many meanings. In this selection she chose to showcase, I love ‘garden spider’ the most; it has all the qualities of her writing I’m drawn to. Mil gracias, loads of thanks, Margaret, for this page!

  7. This is great fun finding all my poet friends on each others blogs! Thanks for being part of it, Cara and Margaret! 🙂

  8. kalaramesh says:

    It was a real pleasure reading your haiku.
    Nicely done!

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