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

Tree Outside My Study Window

Ellen Grace Olinger – 2015

For years and years, I have been watching the same birch tree outside my study window.  This is a small room, with a comfortable chair for reading, and a desk.

I also like to take pictures of hosta plants by the tree.

Late summer, I see a leaf or two turn gold.  The days are a little shorter, and summers are indeed short here.

Then the tree is full of gold leaves.  I know when they fall, that new leaves will grow again in spring – as they are now.

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leaf buds
and raindrops
on the birch tree
new dreams
from tears

tree branches
and leaves
in predawn breeze
sorrows begin to soften
and heal

reminding me
to love each day
one gold leaf

a few leaves
drift from the
birch tree
and reach the
last of the lilies

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Ellen Grace Olinger

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Ellen Grace Olinger – 2015