Category: Haiku Society of America

Acrostic for POEM and Haiku Notes

P  onder
O  ver
E  verything I see today
M  emorize and write one moment

Since I’ve been posting for National Poetry Month, I thought I’d try an acrostic for POEM.  Every moment a gift.

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I’m going to try being a part of the EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration at The Haiku Foundation, on April 17, 2015 – International Haiku Poetry Day.  The 2015 theme is LIGHT.

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It is also time to begin working on my submission for the Members Anthology 2015 at the Haiku Society of America.  The theme this year is WATER and the editor is Catherine J.S. Lee.

Tuesday art notes


I was grateful to be able to look at Monet prints at Oostburg Family Dentistry yesterday.  The paintings from Monet in this post are courtesy of wpclipart.

All is well and grateful for excellent care.  They also have a large fish tank, which must be nice for patients of all ages.

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Charlotte Digregorio posts daily haiku, by many poets.  I  enjoyed reading a haiku by Julie Warther yesterday.

Julie is our Midwest Coordinator at the Haiku Society of America.  Charlotte served in this role when I rejoined and made me feel so welcome; and now serves as Second Vice-President.


I love the way there is always room for one more with blogs.  People enjoy learning in many ways.

And I also love that schedules can be flexible.  Yesterday I was happy to see Wendy Brightbill’s post, with many new pieces that she refers to as “one word prints.”  Wendy’s site is a girl and her brush.

One more by Monet:


Sunday afternoon

I’ve mentioned that my father’s parents, whom we called Poppa Ernie and Nanna, were from Sweden.  I remember them well.  My mother’s family was originally from Germany.  Walter and Grace, her parents, died before I was born.

Today Charlotte Digregorio posted a haiku I wrote for Grace, for the Daily Haiku, March 29, 2015 post at her site.  Grace enjoyed the arts and crafts.  I treasure her needlework pieces and aprons.

Charlotte served as the Midwest coordinator for the Haiku Society Of America for five years.  Now she is the Second Vice President for this organization.

I am named for both grandmothers, and my mother called me Ellen Grace.  Nice memories.

Take-out Window: Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, Gary Hotham Editor

Gary Hotham selected this haiku of mine for the 2014 Members’ anthology, from the Haiku Society of America.

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

Ellen Grace Olinger

(Published first in SMILE, 67, 2012)

The cover design and illustrations are by Lidia Rozmus.

Lidia Rozmus has a Web Studio at Brooks Books Haiku.

I enjoyed reading Spilled Milk: Haiku Destinies, by Gary Hotham (2010, Pinyon Publishing); with Paintings by Susan Elliott.


in the area
where we had
to take a tree down
new peony leaves

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Today Karl and I went to Judi’s Place for breakfast and then bought groceries at Mentink’s Piggly Wiggy.

Earlier I began reading Charlotte Digregorio’s new book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All (Artful Communicators Press, 2014).  She has a blog on WordPress, with more information and a beautiful picture of the book’s cover.   I am learning, and also very much enjoyed reading her collection of poems, which concludes the book (along with a well-researched Bibliography and other information).

Charlotte is the Midwest Regional Coordinator of the Haiku Society of America.  She keeps us all in touch and well-informed.

April Rain And Poetry

Today seems like a good day to finish my submission of poems for the Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology.  Gary Hotham is the Editor.  This link goes to the page about the anthology at their website:

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I’m also reading Spilled Milk: Haiku Destinies by Gary Hotham.  This beautiful book was published by Pinyon Publishing in 2010.  The book includes Sumi-E Watercolors by Susan E. Elliott.

As you know, Luci Shaw is a favorite poet, and I learned of Pinyon Publishing in Colorado, when I ordered her book Harvesting Fog: Poems by Luci Shaw (2010).

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The leaves of perennials are beginning to grow through last year’s fallen leaves.

Blessings, Ellen