Guest Post With Dave Russo



Dave Russo took this photo of a North Carolina Haiku Society anthology that he co-edited with Lenard D. Moore.  He is the web administrator for this organization.  For more information, please visit

Dave also serves as a member of the board for The Haiku Foundation; and is also the web administrator for THF.  This is the link to their main site.

He has a page on THF Haiku Registry, which is edited by Billie Wilson (who also serves as a board member).  This link goes to the registry.

Here are a few of Dave’s haiku from the registry, books, and journals.

olive blossoms . . .
the sound of a hive
in the abbey wall

sun in the bones
of a darting minnow
my cell phone rings

wind shift
a clanking bulldozer
and one spring peeper

watching the flowers
come and go
headstone angels

Publication credits:

“olive blossoms” - fear of dancing, The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2013.  Edited by Jim Kacian & the Red Moon Editorial Staff.  All Rights Reserved. – Website design by Dave Russo.

“sun in the bones” - Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years.  Edited by Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland, Allan Burns.  2013.  W.W. Norton & Company.  All Rights Reserved.

“wind shift” – Editor’s Choice, The Heron’s Nest 4: 6 (2002).  Included in Dave’s Haiku Registry Page at The Haiku Foundation.  All Rights Reserved.

“watching the flowers” – Gallery FortySeven: THF.  From Montage: The Book.  Created and Edited by Allan Burns.  2010, 2012.  Winchester, VA: The Haiku Foundation.  All Rights Reserved.

Two Haiku For National Haiku Poetry Day (NHPD)

The post I referred to yesterday, by Jim Kacian at The Haiku Foundation (THF), invited poets to continue the tradition of adding a haiku of their own for NHPD in their comment section for their post.

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I wrote two poems from my day, and perhaps I’ll add another.  They’re in the comments for the post at THF and I’ll retype here.

a new year
for new poems
first snowdrops

hair-cut today
we speak of family
and love over time

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Posts at THF yesterday also included other announcements about new content and contest results.  Here’s the link again, if you have a moment and are interested in reading and/or adding one of your haiku.

Main link:

Guest Post With Carol Purington


A Rengay by Carol Purington and Ellen Grace Olinger

note of thanks
twenty-five years overdue -
sweet violets in bloom

~ Carol

treasure from Mom -
Dad’s Swedish family tree

~ Ellen

indelible ink
her small poem crosses
his palm

~ Carol

folder of letters
epistle written in
our hearts *

~ Ellen

an elegant monogram
on tag-sale napkins

~ Carol

colors of summer
a penpals’s painting
graces my life

~ Ellen

* Note: “epistle written in our hearts” is from 2 Corinthians 3: 2a (KJV).

Folder of Letters was published in THE NOR’EASTER (Haiku Northeast). The Haiku Society of America, Inc. 2012

Carol was our editor for this poem.

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Here are some additional haiku by Carol Purington.  She selected them especially for this post.  All Rights Reserved.

Rearranged furniture -
in the antique mirror
a new moon

Around the bend -
familiar quilt patterns
on a stranger’s clothesline

Drawn in black-and-white
but I know the tractor was red -
someone else’s tag sale

Applewood bowl -
in its curves the flavor
of a hundred years

Publication credits:
“Rearranged furniture” – bottle rockets 2004
“Around the bend” -  The Nor’Easter 2005
“Applewood bowl” – World Haiku Association Website 2001

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Susan Todd and Carol Purington co-edited Morning Song: Poetry for New Parents (2011, St. Martin’s Press).

Please visit Carol’s poetry page at her family website for more information about Carol’s work.

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Thoughts Of A Friend

Ellen Grace Olinger:

Charles Waugaman was one of the first poetry editors to publish my work; in Time Of Singing over 20 years ago. We became friends after he retired, and then I published some of his work, under the name Elin Grace Publishing. His art is a part of my daily life. Charles lived in Vermont, USA. Blessings, Ellen

Originally posted on Easter Poetry:

Thoughts of a friend
Who always loved and grew
I wonder . . . Has the sky
ever been this beautiful a blue?

For Charles A. Waugaman

Published in Time Of Singing (2011).

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