Modern Haiku – Volume 50.1

I received the new issue of Modern Haiku, An Independent Journal of Haiku and Haiku Studies (Volume 50.1, Winter – Spring 2019). Paul Miller included a note, From The Editor, to honor that Modern Haiku has now been in print for fifty years. The website for this print journal includes information about the editorial staff, along with other content.

Fall haiku and education note

late November
sun fills a glass
for a time

Time Of Singing (Volume 40, Intermezzo), Fall 2013.

Lora Homan Zill, editor, also included a note in this issue about my volunteer work in education at The Haiku Foundation.

Please visit The Haiku Foundation Education Resources for more information. Jim Kacian is editor.

Ellen Grace Olinger
October 2013 and February 2019
1,000 Posts Review

Creative Reading and Writing

reading novels
I think of how sentences
can become poems

This is a second haiku about reading from August 2013. I have to pause and remember what I was trying to say. I added the word “can.”

Sometimes an author describes a place so well, while telling a story, that I think of a poem – the land, the colors, the light. And I think about how writing our notes and observations in a journal can be the beginning of a poem later.

Often when I write a new poem for a blog post, I have been reading for a time. The wonder and beauty of language. Then I look outside, and am inspired once again by the same views.

I read memoirs and poetry by Luci Shaw. Her gift with poetry is a natural part of her prose. I see how writing in one area, can help us with work in another form as well.

Ellen Grace Olinger
August 2013 and February 2019
1,000 Posts Review