catching up . . .

all the sisters
clustered around a table . . .
bright constellations
in a midsummer sky
swapping tales of survival

Moonbathing 6, Spring/Summer 2012

This month I am privileged to have my work cited in articles that appear in Ribbons, The Tanka Society of America’s journal,  and The Haiku Society of America’s newsletter Ripples. In the first, an interview with editor Pamela A. Babusci features my tanka (above) as an example of the kind of  “woman’s voice” she includes in her journal Moonbathing. 

In this month’s issue of Ripples, Aubrie Cox comments on several haiku in her new “Last Page” column on “What’s Left Unsaid”–a discussion of haiku that “. . . treats the reader as co-creator, . . . [allowing] the reader room to ruminate and fill in part of the poem.”  Here’s mine:

frost on the pumpkin the child who might have been

A Hundred Gourds 2:2, March 2013

If you like haiku and tanka, The Haiku Society of America and The Tanka Society of America provide wonderful resources. Both are membership organizations that offer a wealth of material for anyone interested in learning more about these two forms, including: websites;  periodic conferences; and print journals filled with poetry, reviews and essays. An added bonus is the way in which you can build professional and personal relationships with editors and fellow writers. A definite plus!

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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10 Responses to catching up . . .

  1. Congratulations on both counts, Margaret! 🙂

  2. sanjuktaa says:

    Congrats Margaret! I love both these!

  3. Jenny Angyal says:

    Congrats on your deserved notice! Your “sisters” tanka makes me think of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters. And your “frost” haiku gives me a little chill of sadness. Very fine work!

    • Thank you, Jenny. Funny you should say that about the Pleiades . . . I wrote that tanka remembering how my mother and her sisters would reconnect around the kitchen table, comparing notes until the wee hours . . . and, yes, there were seven of them!

  4. Janet L. D. says:

    That’s great!!! Love both of them. Your “sisters” tanka is a favorite of mine.

  5. Adelaide says:

    Well done. I love the sisters tanka.


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