Montage: The Book – Created and Edited by Allan Burns

This weekend I am rereading MontageThe Book (2010, 2012, The Haiku Foundation), Created and Edited by Allan Burns.

The Artwork is by Ron Moss, and the Foreword is by Peggy Willis Lyles.  The Book Design is by Red Moon Press (Winchester, VA).

This is a beautiful and unique book about haiku, with many poems and poets.

The Haiku Reading Plan for Grades 3 – 4 is an example of a lesson that features poems from Montage.  The poems are typed in the plan for teachers to use easily, and the plan links to the Montage galleries online.

Jim Kacian is the Editor for The Haiku Foundation Education Resources.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Sharing Haiku Lesson 2 – The Haiku Foundation Digital Library

Jim Kacian and I completed a new lesson plan:

Sharing Haiku Lesson 2 – The Haiku Foundation Digital Library.

I will keep this post short, and hope you can look at the plan if you are interested.  It lists the 7 collections in THF Digital Library, and the lesson features a book by Ion Codrescu.  Garry Eaton is the volunteer librarian.

The Haiku Foundation is non-profit.

Thank you

Ellen Grace Olinger

Grammatical Patterns And Composition by Enola M. Borgh

My mother was a professor in the English Department at The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.  A few years ago, one of her books was reprinted and I bought a copy from Amazon.  The book is on a shelf near my computer.

I began writing poetry in high school.  My mother wisely let me discover my own path.   One day she said, “If you’re a writer, you’ll write.”  When I was older, she encouraged me to learn a form.  Then I discovered haiku, and began subscribing to Modern Haiku in 1993.  I remember she sent me a postcard and said I seemed comfortable with the form.

Mom especially enjoyed novels.  For me, many more poetry books than novels.  We watched movies and went to bookstores.  We enjoyed Lake Michigan in Milwaukee.

During her last illness, I read aloud to her.  We shall meet again.

This is her book:

Grammatical Patterns And Composition
Enola M. Borgh
Copyright, Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English, 1963
First Printing, June, 1963

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How to Haiku by Jim Kacian: New Lesson Plans

I read How to Haiku by Jim Kacian (Winchester VA: Red Moon Press, 2006), which is available in The Haiku Foundation Digital Library.  Then I wrote three lessons for the Higher Education category on the Education Resources page.

How to Haiku 1

How to Haiku 2

How to Haiku 3

Thank you to Jim Kacian for his work in publishing these lessons.

Ellen Grace Olinger

 

Early Spring Colors

Grey sky and tree branches not yet green with new leaves. Open views and quiet brown fields by the roads.  A few bird songs and snowdrops. Fallen tree branches in open spaces.  Muted early spring colors in the landscape.  Waves of Lake Michigan reach the shore.  Our old cedar tree by the garage.

When I began this site in April 2012, one of my goals was that it be a place to practice, and to share poems in a new way.

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morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

SMILE (Spring, 2012); Joyce M. Johnson, Editor/Publisher.

Also published in Take-out Window:  Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.

More information about HSA Members’ Anthologies can be read here.

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Ellen Grace Olinger
April 9 and 10, 2017

Tanka by Carol Purington

Driving home
through a swirl of snowflakes
on the seat beside me
eggplant
Easter lilies

Church
and a hymn about the future –
deciding
to plant sweet peas and potatoes
for my hungry neighbor

Waiting for tulips
and the touch of your hand
in farewell
you promised a postcard glimpse
of spring in another Land

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These tanka are by Carol Purington, and are reprinted with her permission.  All Rights Reserved.

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Credits:

Ribbons 11: #2; Spring/Summer 2015
Driving home

Ribbons 11: #3;  Autumn 2015
Church

Gusts No. 7; Spring/Summer 2008
Waiting for tulips

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Please visit Woodslawn Farm for more poems by Carol Purington, and information about her books.