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tinywords 19.1

tinywords 19.1 began yesterday.

I am honored that one of my poems, “Wisconsin winter,” was selected as a writing prompt winner by Editors Kathe L. Palka and Peter Newton.

Please see WELCOME TO TINYWORDS 19.1 for the information. You can also read Carole MacRury’s winning poem.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Spring rain . . .

The beautiful sound of rain . . .

tinywords.com is a site I found when I began with email years ago.  D. F. Tweney  is the founder and publisher.  Kathe Palka and Peter Newton are co-editors.

Yesterday I enjoyed a poem at tinywords by Cherie Hunter Day.

I first read poems by Bill Waters in the early years of tinywords, and to the present time.  So I was also happy to discover Bill Waters Haiku on WordPress.

Now the gardens will grow and grow.  The perennials have tolerated seasons of drought as well.

writing prompt from tinywords.com

On tinywords.com, there’s a beautiful photograph by Ray Rasmussen, of a mountain peak in Canada.

The Editors invite readers to post short poems in the Comments, while they put together the next issue.   The title of the post is “Tinywords Invites You To Get Inspired.”  Kathe Palka and Peter Newton are the co-editors.  Submissions to the journal are not open at this time.


I wrote this haiku, flowing from my meditations these days.

of “mountains”
down-sized dreams

For me, this is a place of wellness, and a place where new dreams can grow.  Ellen

haiku and tanka poems

It’s too early for the local boat dock to be put back into the water, but images from other years came to mind yesterday.  I read a haiku by Martin Gottlieb Cohen at tinywords.com.  I posted a new tanka in the comments.

Here is the link to Martin’s featured poem: http://www.tinywords.com/2013/03/11/12184.

tinywords.com is edited by Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka.

This is my new poem in the comments for Martin’s poem:

after the boat dock
back in the water
on the pilings


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On a different topic, there are many new posts at The Haiku Foundation troutswirl blog, as they introduce new programs and features.  Today I am learning more about the Book of the Week Archive – Selected by Tom Clausen.  They are preserving early books of haiku by noted poets online, as they continue to grow their archive.  http://www.thehaikufoundation.org

More poetry updates


1. On Christmas Day, Aubrie Cox posted the free download of the collection she edited:  Fool’s Paradise found poems.  Her current challenge features doodles by HM Yuan, which are lovely drawings.  Many poets are posting poems in the comments.  Here’s Aubrie’s link, if you wish to read her guidelines, participate, and/or simply read and view the drawings.  http://yaywords.wordpress.com

I wrote this poem for Fool’s Paradise, and am honored that Aubrie included it in her online book, which features many artists.

beautiful child –
I sing for the things
that made me stronger

“Beautiful Child” by Stevie Nicks.
“I Sing For The Things” by Stevie Nicks.
“That Made Me Stronger” by Stevie Nicks.

The lyrics to Stevie’s songs are available at her website:  http://www.nicksfix.com.  She is one of the most enduring and generous artists I know — more beautiful and gifted in her 60s than in her youth.

2.  Tom Clausen, a friend I’ve known through haiku and tanka for many years, posts a haiku every day at Mann Library, at Cornell University.  He features one guest author per month.  There is an extensive Archive at this site now.  http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu.

3.  The January Per Diem at The Haiku Foundation is edited by Cherie Hunter Day, and it features bugs!  Jim Kacian introduced this month’s poems in his December 31, 2012 post on troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog.  http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/blog

Yesterday in the comments there I wrote:

summer rain
light catches
the spider webs

4.  TINYWORDS haiku & other small poems:  Editors Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka are accepting submissions through January 20, 2013, for the next issue.  I sent a few poems for review.  Here’s their link, if you wish more information about the guidelines:  http://tinywords.com.

5.  I also am enjoying the new Video Archive at The Haiku Foundation.  I am learning so much.  Sometimes when I need a short break, I simply watch a video or two.  http://www.thehaikufoundation.org

Image: http://reusableart.com.

New issue of tinywords – Edited by Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka

On Monday, October 1, a new issue of tinywords begins.  http://www.tinywords.com

Dylan Tweney began tinywords in 2000.  I believe he was a pioneer in using technology to share “haiku & other small poems” for free.  There were some years when I let go, pretty much, of my own writing and use of a computer.  But then Karl set up a computer for me, with email, and I found tinywords.  This must have been 10 – 12 years ago.  I loved receiving the daily emails from tinywords and I posted comments.  The encouragement I received is with me today.  This time I sent a haiku for review and it was accepted for the new issue.  Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka are the new editors.  There are 3,600 daily subscribers now.  Many of you may be interested!

PS  Your encouragement means the world to me.  Because of times when I could not write, when I can, I write and post often!  Thanks, Ellen