Tanka by Carol Purington

From the root-cellar
the last of the winter squash
still succulent,
the poem you wrote recalling
a grandmother’s hearty soup

by Carol Purington
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Published in GUSTS, Fall/Winter 2008.
“Canada’s First English Tanka Journal.”

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Carol Purington’s Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry includes a short biography, a summary of her awards and books, and selected work.

Billie Wilson is the editor for THF Haiku Registry.

Haiku for a New Year by Carol Purington

Warm kitchen corner
The rocking chair bumps along
a rug of braided time

Winter scarecrow:
his parka pockets lumpy
with snowballs

January thaw
The top of the picnic table
collects sky

Attic loom
Brights and shadows cross-hatch
the wideboard wall

by Carol Purington
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Please visit Woodslawn Farm for more information.

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.

familyfarm

 

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.

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For more information, please visit Woodslawn Farm.

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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.