As a month-long celebration of poetry comes to a close, I can hear a collective sigh as poets across the World Wide Web catch their breath and wonder what to do with all the virtual blank space they see stretching before them. After so much activity–blog-sharing, readings, award celebrations, poem-a-day-posts–I’m grateful to sit back and contemplate the abundance of haiku generated during National Poetry Month in a more leisurely fashion.
If, like me, you need a little more time to savor the joie de vivre that resulted from April’s frenzied flurry of poetry, here are some recommendations:
- Check out haiku poet/haiga artist Aubrie Cox’s stunning Fox Dreams compilation on her Yay Words! blog. A generous sampling of haiku, tanka and haiga that Aubrie collected from a number of her haiku friends and followers, this PDF file is chock full of whimsical and inspiring short poems.
- Take time to explore Mann Library’s Daily Haiku Archive–a labor of love that poet Tom Clausen oversees for Cornell’s Mann Library–and which, during April, featured the work of one of my favorites, Michele L. Harvey, who also happens to be an accomplished landscape painter.
- Visit The Haiku Foundation’s website to find inspiration from the many poets who recently received awards for their work, view listings of upcoming journal and contest deadlines, and learn more about the organization’s Video Archive Campaign–a project designed to document the work of poets instrumental in the development of English Language Haiku.
- Subscribe to the Daily Haiku feed, which recently began a new cycle of poems from Carolyn Hall, Alexander B. Joy, Cara Holman, Seánan Forbes, Joanna M. Weston, Sandi Pray, and Margaret Chula.
- Stretch yourself by exploring different approaches to haiku like the ones offered up by Red Dragonfly blogger Melissa Allen, who posted a one-word poem for each day of April, and Johannes S. H. Bjerg, whose graphically thought-provoking approaches to haiku are demonstrated on his blog 3ournalsandfrags.
- Consider joining the haiku party that has become a daily, year-round celebration at Michael Dylan Welch’s NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month) page on Facebook.
- Or . . . just sit back, relax and breathe a little before taking pen to paper.