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Poetry Friday: Happy Haiku-ing

March 8, 2012

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, haiku, Berry Blue Haiku, journals, nature, writing life

Iíve been happily immersed in haiku, as Iím thrilled to be presenting a "Haiku How-To" workshop at the 43rd Annual Children's Literature Conference at The University of Georgia in a couple of weeks.

Also, the spring issues of several haiku journals are out, and Iím honored to have my work in a few of them. In addition to the Modern Haiku link I shared week before last, Iíve got a poem each in The Heron's Nest, and A Hundred Gourds. (Click to read.)

The work of my terrifically talented friend and Berry Blue Haiku editor Gisele LeBlanc is featured in these issues as well. Unbeknownst to each other, we both just received acceptances for the April issues of Acorn as well as for Prune Juice.

Giseleís work also appears in Shamrock this month, and I just received an acceptance from Chrysanthemum for the April issue.

Iím humbled and thrilled about all of these. One thing I love about the English-language haiku journals is that they are published in so many different countries and the works of poets from all over the world can appear on the same page.

If you donít have time to click and enjoy the haiku on the pages above, Iíll leave you with Giseleís and my poems from the new issue of The Heronís Nest:

the big dipper
my dog keeps searching
for the right spot

G.R. LeBlanc

cicada song
Spanish moss dipped
in sunlight

Robyn Hood Black

My haiku formed itself as I walked in my folksí Orlando neighborhood last year during a trip to my hometown. While I love the beauty of the north Georgia mountains, thereís something so singular about the nature of light in Florida that always seizes me when I visit. I grew up there and didnít really notice this difference in the quality of the sky, the brightness of those tropical colors, until I moved away. The landscapes here near the Appalachians are lovely, but the colors are generally more subtle, the light less intense. And unless you head to southern and coastal parts of Georgia, we donít have all that dramatic Spanish moss dripping from the trees.

For lots of great poetry to light up your day, visit the Poetry Friday Roundup hosted by the delightful and insightful Myra at Gathering Books . Be sure to wish her Happy Birthday!


  1. March 8, 2012 9:53 PM EST
    Congratulations on all your acceptances! I'm happy to see you and Gisele continue to spread the news about haiku.
    - Diane Mayr
  2. March 8, 2012 10:49 PM EST
    Thank you Diane - you are such an inspiration, and your work and tireless creativity are much appreciated!
    - Robyn Black
  3. March 9, 2012 8:34 AM EST
    Hi, Robyn. Congratulations on all of these publications. Wonderful! A good friend of mine is a haiku poet. We've had some fascinating conversations about the form, and about the American haiku world. Have you tried haibun?
    - Laura Shovan
  4. March 9, 2012 8:48 AM EST
    Hi, Laura! I haven't submitted any haibun yet, but it's on my list. Haiga is next up, though, as I can't resist combinations of words and art. Thanks for the kind words and for stopping in.
    - Robyn Black
  5. March 9, 2012 9:16 AM EST
    Happy Poetry Friday, Robyn.
    Congratulations on all your recent acceptances.
    I'm looking forward to seeing you in a couple of months.
    - Joy Acey
  6. March 9, 2012 9:56 AM EST
    Dear Robyn, I have the same affection for Spanish Moss, although word of warning: as tempting as it is to snag when on horseback and feed to your horse, ummm, don't. It'll make your horse sick! Love your haiku. Hope you'll join in the KidLit Progressive Poem fun during April!
    - Irene Latham
  7. March 9, 2012 11:00 AM EST
    Hi, Joy! Thank you, and I can't wait for the workshop. We're going to have a great time.

    Irene, Ha! I think Spanish moss has little red mites or something, too. I'll have to check out the Progressive Poem fun - I don't know what I've gotten myself into with the March Madness endeavor, but April will be packed with poetic challenges for sure.
    - Robyn Black
  8. March 9, 2012 11:16 AM EST
    You are quite the poet. Congratulations!
    - Patricia Cruzan
  9. March 9, 2012 1:29 PM EST
    I really like your haiku about Spanish Moss -- it is one of the things I miss about living in the south.
    - Katya at Write.Sketch.Repeat
  10. March 9, 2012 4:18 PM EST
    Thank you, Patricia! Hope your poetry writing is going well.

    Hi, Katya! Thanks. That Spanish moss gives a landscape so much character, doesn't it?
    - Robyn Black
  11. March 9, 2012 4:40 PM EST
    I love "dipped in sunlight."
    - Liz Steinglass
  12. March 9, 2012 6:00 PM EST
    Congratulations! I especially loved the poem onSpanish moss....I've only been down south a few times, but that moss has always fascinated me.
    - Tara
  13. March 9, 2012 7:36 PM EST
    Hi, Liz! Thanks so much.

    Tara, thanks for dropping by! As Irene says, that moss is lovely - from a distance. ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  14. March 10, 2012 7:29 AM EST
    You and the Florida light, me and the smell of the air in the Colorado Rockies.
    - Mary Lee
  15. March 10, 2012 8:25 AM EST
    Hi, Mary Lee! I've just been to the Rockies once, but I can certainly understand their hold on folks. Thanks for popping in.
    - Robyn Black
  16. March 10, 2012 8:16 PM EST
    Robyn! What a world you've opened to me with just a few words! Cicadas will forever sound beautiful to me...
    - April Halprin Wayland of
  17. March 10, 2012 8:44 PM EST
    April - thank you so much, and thanks for visiting! See you next week in the "madness"?!! ;0)
    - Robyn Black

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