Guest Posts

This post highlights a few guest posts/poems from over the years.
The 1,000 Posts Review series is a work-in-progress, and will include many different posts.

Three Tanka by Margarita Engle
(post from this site, December 31, 2012)

Please visit Margarita Engle’s website for much more information about her work and books.

This tanka by Carol Purington is from January 12, 2018 (this site), and reprinted from a journal.

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
All Rights Reserved
Published in GUSTSFall/Winter 2008.
“Canada’s First English Tanka Journal.”

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.

The images are by Kate Greenaway and courtesy of Reusable Art.

1,000 Posts Review

Blog Review – 1,000 Posts

Thanks to WordPress for the notifications. I had not realized this site had reached 1,000 posts. My post today continues the review I began yesterday.

The titles in this post link to the original posts here at Haiku Art Site, which in turn link to the other sites and content mentioned.

Hope you enjoy the past posts – and discover other sites and haiku resources that may be new for you today.

“In the acorn lies the Oak” – this saying is from a vintage drawing by William Walker at Reusable Art. I am grateful for the public domain art sites.

Thanks to all the editors, artists, and publishers in general. And how amazing that vintage art can be shared again online. I learn more about art history.

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku – edited by Tom Clausen. In the post I mention this good resource for haiku.

The Archives there are organized by author and month.

This Creative Notes post links to a haiku book by Margarita Engle that you can read at The Haiku Foundation (THF). The introduction at THF is by Garry Eaton.

You may also wish to visit The Haiku Foundation Forums.

In a future post, I’ll review some of my haiku and tanka so far, along with other resources that may be of interest and useful to you. 

Thank you,
Ellen Grace Olinger

Images are courtesy of Reusable Art.

Creative Notes

I am reviewing my archives, and these are some posts that may be of interest to new readers.

Haiku and Tanka by Margarita Engle

The Osprey by Merrill Ann Gonzales – a painting

Two Haiku by Billie Wilson


And a few notes for other sites:

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku is edited by Tom Clausen.

I also enjoyed visiting tom clausen poems and photos this week.

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog features Daily Haiku, along with many creative posts.

One Sunrise a Day is a new post by Carol Purington at Woodslawn Farm.



“Photo by Paul Sherman of wpclipart dedicated to the Public Domain”

Three Tanka By Margarita Engle


half moon
above a nature trail
the who
of an owl
joins my thank you, amen

old walnut tree
the prayer-hand stage
of spring leaves —
still folded,
yet reaching . . .

dawn redwood
after centuries
of extinction – the limitless
nature of hope

by Margarita Engle

Printed with her kind permission.
All Rights Reserved.

Please visit Margarita’s website
for news and information
about her award-winning books.

The “Tulip Garden” is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Haiku and Tanka by Margarita Engle


sun after fog
the lost art
of strolling

the comfort of rays
touching earth

serenity garden
the stone angel’s
real roses

a string of tanka

and sticks
in the robin’s
rough treasury of chipped
sky-blue eggs

no wings
to carry me
far away
from these long
winter blues

but time
for poems
and prayers, the feathery
wonder of words

by Margarita Engle

Printed here with her kind permission.
All Rights Reserved.

Margarita is the author of several young adult novels in verse, which have won many awards.  She received a Newbery Honor.  In my view, her work is for all ages.  Her newest book is The Wild Book.

Margarita’s website is a wonderful place to visit: