Cover Art

With permissions, I edited the first Gallery of Cover Art at The Haiku Foundation.  Thank you to Dave Russo for his work to publish this gallery (2016).  The covers in the gallery are from chapbooks, books, and journals.

One of the covers is Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons, by Carol Purington.  Illustrations by Shirley L. Horn.   You can learn more at Carol’s poetry page at Woodslawn Farm.

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Christmas Haiku by Carol Purington

First Sunday of Advent
– the single unflickering hope
of His coming

Two Advent candles
– their glow summons shepherds, magi
and me

Christmas cookie cutters
in the Christmas cookie tin
. . . a lamb, a donkey

Advent’s Third Sunday
Smoke from the blown-out candles
blurs the wall-cross

Remembering the splendor
of His birthday Star
– this longest night

In their flames
the brightness of His rising:
four Advent candles

Old red stocking
– its toes frayed thin by the fragrance
of years of oranges

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Haiku by Carol Purington are from her classic book, Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons (1999, Winfred Press; Colrain, MA).  Second Printing 2015.

All Rights Reserved.

For more information, please visit Woodslawn Farm.

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Two Poems by Carol Purington

Clouds and full moon
– light to dark to light
my path

by Carol Purington

Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons
Winfred Press 1999
Second Printing 2015

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First card
silver-white birches and a splash
of cardinal –
into a season of darkness
the promise of Light

Faces I Might Wear: Tanka by Carol Purington
Winfred Press 2013

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Please visit Woodslawn Farm for more information.
All Rights Reserved.

three poems

These poems are published in a new book:  They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku; Edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press).

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fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

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reading the poets
of my parents’
generation
their voices
return

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we hold the door
for older people
memories of Mom

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As noted in the book, “reading the poets” was published in SMILE, 2010.

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The Cover Art for this new anthology is by Ron C. Moss.

You can see the cover and read the Middle Island Press Release, which in turn links to the book at Amazon.

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Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

 

Creative Notes

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reading
a devotional book
names of authors
in small print

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Quiet Christmas Poetry, by contrast, is a large print book.  I still remember sharing with an older relative in 2014, and my aunt said, “Oh, I can read this.”  Karl and I created this book from my Christmas site.  I am grateful for different books, which seem to work well at different times.

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lichen

Lichen photo by Paul Sherman at wpclipart.

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I took this photo in November 2016.

 

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Ellen Grace Olinger

haiku and creative notes

country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

Published in on down the road, Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology; LeRoy Gorman, Editor.

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I wrote my poem for EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of LightThe Haiku Foundation.

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And I wrote this lesson plan, which was edited and published by Jim Kacian at The Haiku Foundation:

Haiku Lesson for All Ages: EarthRise Collaboration Themes and Poems.

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Ellen Grace Olinger