National Poetry Month . . .

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!

tadpole haiga

A Hundred Gourds, 2:2, March 2013

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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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