National Poetry Month: Guest Post #4, Christina Nguyen

Christina Nguyen is the fourth in my series of guest poets during National Poetry Month.  You can find more of Christina’s wonderful voice and work on Twitter @TinaNguyen and on her blog, A wish for the sky. . ., where she also is sharing the work of guest poets during April.  I’m happy to include her words and a small sampling of her tanka here:

“I began seriously writing haiku and tanka because of Twitter.  In 2008, I made an account and started to use it, but I wasn’t sure what the point was.  In 2009, I started to really enjoy playing around with poets there.  I saw that Twitter was all about poetry–reading, writing, connecting with other poets.  With support and encouragement from a few of those poets and writers, I started to submit haiku and then tanka to different journals.  I was hooked!

“It seems weird to say, but Twitter woke me up and made me realize how much I love poetry.  I used to think having one great passion was some sort of myth or lie we tell ourselves.  But it’s not.  Twitter reminded me that poetry is one of my true loves. Poetry keeps me up at night, wakes me up first thing in the morning, and keeps me going through the day.”

–Christina Nguyen

after work
the social media manager
walks home
to read a book

Prune Juice, Issue 5, January 2011

lady’s slipper
one rare pink blossom
in June
my pregnant belly
finally shows

Atlas Poetica, “From Lime Trees To Eucalypts”
Special Feature 2011

walking across
the Washington Avenue bridge
after the last class
we throw our old shoes
into the wish tree

Notes from the Gean, vol. 3, no. 4, 2012

[Sponsored by Couplets–the brainchild of Joanne Merriam of Upper Rubber Boot Books.  I’ll be hosting haiku/tanka poets here throughout the month of April.]


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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5 Responses to National Poetry Month: Guest Post #4, Christina Nguyen

  1. “Poetry keeps me up at night, wakes me up first thing in the morning, and keeps me going through the day.” – I really enjoyed reading this. Poetry has been my lifeline over the past couple of years, and the people I’ve met through it, too. Great to learn more about you, Christina, and to read some more of your fine work! 🙂

    And thanks to Margaret for hosting!

  2. Mark says:

    I’m thrilled to see your work here, Christina. I’ve long been a fan. This post is wonderful….

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Mark and Kirsten.

  4. Cara Holman says:

    Nice to see you here, Christina. Poetry is also an essential part of my life, and you stated it so well! I enjoyed all your tanka, particularly “lady’s slipper”.

  5. Pingback: Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for April 5, 2012- The Poet In Me (Vol.4, Iss.1) « YoTrip-Words and Thoughts

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