Tag: Tom Clausen

a few more Sunday notes

The Amherst College Library holdings for Emily Dickinson provide a wealth of information, including pictures of Emily’s original handwritten work.

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I also want to mention that Soundings, moderated by Peter Yovu, at The Haiku Foundation Forums, is still open.  I wrote several posts about haiku by other poets, that have personal meaning for me.   I registered for THF Forums some time ago.  Thought you might be interested.  You can read Peter Yovu’s guidelines there.  I plan to reread what I wrote and then hope to offer a few more posts.

One of my Soundings posts is about a haiku by Tom Clausen.  This is a wonderful way to share.

The Survey Says question this week at The Haiku Foundation blog is about THF Forums.

Blessings, Ellen

new poem and a few notes

reading a new book
of poems by Luci Shaw
with a cup of decaff
on my little table
I find myself
saying grace again

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SCAPE poems
Cascade Books * Eugene, Oregon

Foreward By Eugene Peterson


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Also, thank you to Gallivanta for including this blog in her new post, “Haiku – Do you hear what I hear?”  http://silkannthreades.wordpress.com

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There is so much wonderful interest in haiku.  I like how The Haiku Foundation (THF) speaks of Traditional, Contemporary, and Innovative haiku.  I mentioned on Sunday that each month there is a different editor and theme for the Per Diem daily haiku at THF.  The Per Diem poems are by many poets. http://thehaikufoundation.org

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku, edited by Tom Clausen, features one poet per month.  There is an extensive archive there, as Tom has been working on this for many years. It’s interesting to read from the different approaches to presenting daily haiku, which seem to complement each other well.  http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu.

I think one of the best ways to learn to write poetry is to read poetry.  The lesson plans I helped create for The Haiku Foundation Education Wall offer Awareness and Reading plans before Writing plans.  There’s a gentle progression of skills.

I am aware of so many opportunities online to practice and share haiku and other forms of poetry – prose too.  While I cannot add more to my schedule, please feel free to share in the comments, as always.

Blessings, Ellen

* UPDATE, February 5, 2014:  Jim Kacian is the founder and director of THF.  He is also the editor for the Ed Wall.  Since we published the Ed Wall last summer, Jim began a new section called “Lessons For All Ages.”  Other people have added their work.  So we are growing!

Emily Dickinson – The Gorgeous Nothings

I’m reading a beautiful new book:

Emily Dickinson The Gorgeous Nothings

Marta Werner
Jen Bervin

with a Preface by Susan Howe

in association with Granary Books.


It is a gorgeous book and includes photographs of Emily Dickinson’s “Envelope Poems.”

I’ll share more as I learn more.  For example, Susan Howe writes, “Thankfully, the Amherst College Library has recently made digitalized images of the manuscripts in their possession available to readers online.”  So I looked up the link for Emily Dickinson at the Amherst College Library.  http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/holdings/edickinson

AND speaking of libraries, Tom Clausen continues to edit the daily haiku collection at Mann Library.  http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu

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.