The month’s halfway over, but the celebration (of poetry) just keeps on keepin’ on. And, of course, there’s so much you still can do to be a part of it. Need a little inspiration? You could join the crowd at NaHaiWriMo’s Facebook site for daily haiku prompts. Or sign up for poem-a-day deliveries that land straight in your e-mail inbox. (tiny words is a great way to start off the morning.) Or carry a poem in your pocket. Attend a reading. Write a sonnet (or haibun or tanka).
Last weekend I had a chance to take part in this month-long celebration at the 8th annual Scissortail Literary Festival in Ada, OK, where I discovered the work of some wonderful poets and prose writers and actually had the opportunity to read some of my own work as well. Charged up, I returned home to find the proof of one of my haiga that will be included, along with several of my haiku, in Dos Gatos Press’ Lifting the Sky: An Anthology of Southwestern Haiku and Haiga–due out soon. I also was pleased to see a picture of one of my cherry blossom haiku blooming on the “cherry tree” at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, which several of my haiku buddies attended last week. And, for April 17–National Haiku Day–the new online journal Kernels is scheduled to appear in cyberspace. Can’t wait!
And, just because it’s finally beginning to feel a lot more like spring these days, here’s one of my haiga that appeared in the March issue of A Hundred Gourds. Happy Poetry Month!