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.”
dreamless sleep . . .
drifting in and out
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.]