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.
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.
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.
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.