Creative Notes, continued

I’m rereading the posts I wrote for Soundings, moderated by Peter Yovu, at The Haiku Foundation Forums.  These are posts of my appreciation for poems by many poets.  The posts of mine there now were written from June 2014 – September 2014.  The focus is on my life in the Midwest, and from my early years with English Language Haiku, in the 1990s, to the present.

So far I’ve written posts about haiku by Aubrie Cox, Lee Gurga, Randy Brooks, Sandra Simpson, Evelyn Lang, Charles B. Dickson, Jim Kacian, Tom Clausen, Mark Harris, Gary Hotham, and Elizabeth St. Jacques.  The posts include the poems, references, and my personal thoughts.  I am not an editor.

So I thought I’d highlight Soundings in more detail today.  Perhaps others may wish to participate too.

My posts so far at The Haiku Foundation Forums may be found here.

Ellen Grace Olinger



encouragement –
books and notes
and no competition
unexpected grace

One of the things I like about working online is that there is always room for one more.

I’ve met so many people and read so many blogs where there is sharing and support for one another’s work.  This is expressed in many ways, as we all have our own styles.

Flexibility and grace.  Encouragement.  Blessings.

Image credit:  Reusable Art

gardens overflow


early hours
of quiet and poetry
gardens overflow
and if some winter
my mind forgets
my heart will know

* * *

One of the first haiku I remember writing was from a long ago autumn, inspired by our perennial garden in Wisconsin.  The previous owners had planted flowers that return every year.  My heart is full of gratitude.  The Midwest, USA has always been my home.

frost soon —
cutting flowers

Published in The TOP, The Tournament of Poetry (1995).

Ellen Grace Olinger