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November 21, 2013
Top: Laurence delivers a talk at our recent HSA SE regional haikufest. Below: I appreciated a nice long walk and talk with Laurence; we discussed poetry, animal rights, and education Ė among other things!
photos by Raymond French
Welcome back! Iím glad so many folks are enjoying our end-of-the-year haiku journey, led by some of the speakers at our recent HSA (Haiku Society of America
) Southeast Regional ďhaikufestĒ in Atlanta.
Have you missed the introduction to the series, or any of the fun so far? Please click here
to get to know poet Curtis Dunlap and click here
to meet Tom Painting, poet and teacher extraordinaire.
Today we have a special treat. And, continuing along an educational theme, we have a poet who is also a teacher.
Laurence Stacey lives in Marietta, Georgia, and is an English Instructor and tutor at Reinhardt University. In his spare time, Laurence enjoys hiking and is an avid student of the martial arts. His educational background includes an MA in Professional Writing, with an emphasis on poetry. He is interested in incorporating haikai into the high school and university curriculum. (RHB note Ė ďhaikaiĒ generally refers to haiku and related arts, including senryu, haiga, and haibun.)
Laurenceís poetry has been featured in Prune Juice, Simply Haiku, Tinywords, The Heronís Nest
, and several other journals. He is also the coeditor of Haiku News
, a journal dedicated to engaging sociopolitical events through haiku, tanka, and senryu poetry.
Please visit Haiku News at http://www.wayfarergallery.net/haikunews/
. (another RHB note: Poetry Friday regulars, you can find several poems by Diane Mayr in the
Haiku News archives.
At our weekend conference, which celebrated the 250th birthday of haiku master Issa, Laurence delivered a lecture that was enthusiastically received Saturday morning. His talk, ďIssa and the African American Perspective in Haiku,Ē invited us to explore poetry by African American writers as well as to think about ecology , and to consider these subjects in the context of haiku. An enlightening and inspiring morning!
I look forward to more of Laurenceís work on these themes in the future.
In the meantime, letís enjoy some of his poetry, shall we?
deep in debtÖ
I answer the phone
as my son
, issue 13.2, August 2013
choosing the devil
, Vol 1 No. 22
beyond our care
The Heronís Nest
, September 2011, Vol XIII
spreading my cards
the gypsy covers
, Autumn 2009, Vol 7 No 3
the phone line rocking
, Winter 2010
All poems ©Laurence Stacey. All rights reserved.
In response to ďWhy haiku?Ē, Laurence shares the following:
My reasons for studying and writing haikai (haiku, senryu, and tanka) continue to evolve as I learn more about the art. However, the reason that most quickly comes to my mind is joy. For me, haikai is a way of connecting to the people around me and recording the stories that make us unique. In addition, haikai encourages what I believe is a true respect for the natural world and the creatures that live in it.
What more could you ask for as a reason to pursue a discipline? We are very grateful to have Laurence in our region, and Iím grateful he took the time to visit us here today! Thanks, Laurence.
And hearty thanks to hearty Katya, hosting our Roundup for Poetry Friday this week. Go unpack all the great poetry over at Write. Sketch. Repeat.
(And be sure to return here next week, as our series continues...!)
August 30, 2013
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I've missed you this month!
You've missed me, too, right?
I'm waving on my way to the Decatur Book Festival
this weekend (where I'll have my artsyletters
booth). But I wanted to share some treats before I go. Last year about this time
, I featured a couple of haiku from myself and my niece, Olivia, which were in the same issue of Frogpond.
Olivia had been one of the winners in the Nicholas Virgilio Haiku Contest for students. Well, guess what? We share bylines in the same issue again! One of Olivia's poems appears in this year's small collection of wonderful winning entries.
feeding the thread
©Olivia Babuka Black. All rights reserved.
The judges offer thoughtful commentary on each winning poem, adding that Olivia's has "a kind of lonely beauty."
Hers was, again, not the only winning entry from The Paideia School in Atlanta. No surprise - their teacher is award-winning and widely published haiku poet Tom Painting. I look forward to meeting Tom in person at our upcoming "Ginko Haiku Fest"
in Atlanta October 25-27.
In the meantime, he graciously agreed to let me post my favorite of his poems in this same Frogpond
damp earth by turn some understanding
©Tom Painting. All rights reserved.
Such richness and depth in those few words, don't you think?
And, okay, here's my poem in the current issue:
temple gift shop
no one minds
©©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
Finally... Drumrolllll, pleeeease.... our own Elizabeth Steinglass
(Liz to me) makes her haiku publishing debut with this fine poem, ALSO in this issue of Frogpond
the slight smile
of the hammock
©©Elizabeth Steinglass. All rights reserved.
Congratulations, Liz! And that's just the beginning for her. More of her poems are in the pipelines of respected haiku journals.
(Also, a shout-out to Jone Rush MacCulloch
, who has made her haiku journal debut this year as well, I believe.)
One more thing. I'm looking forward to presenting a workshop on "Poetry for Prose Writers" at our SCBWI Southern Breeze fall conference
, Writing and Illustrating for Kids, on October 12. Our region features presenters in a "blog tour," and I had the good fortune to be a guest on the blog of my author friend Donny Bailey Seagraves
this week. Donny lists the schedule for all of the wik Southern Breeze Wik blog tour participants.
In the mood for some more poetry to fuel your day? Ever-talented Tara has our Roundup today (and a William Blake offering) at A Teaching Life.
January 18, 2013
If you follow haiku journals, you might have noticed a new look for Frogpond
, the journal of The Haiku Society of America,
with its most recent issue (Volume 35:3, Autumn 2012).
It's a heftier volume and features a new masthead on the cover designed by Christopher Patchel. He also contributed a new look for the title page - very classy!
is edited by Francine Banwarth, and Michele Root-Bernstein serves as Associate Editor.
You can enjoy some "Online Splashes" of the current issue with the journal link above, including sample haiku and senryu
also regularly features haibun, rengay and renku (short and long sequences), essays, and book reviews.
I'm honored to have two haiku in this issue:
the unanswered call
of a dove
something to talk about
at the viewing
©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
The lovely Violet is rounding up Poetry Friday at Violet Nesdoly Poems,
where you can splash around in all kinds of poetry today!
March 8, 2012
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
Spanish moss dipped
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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!
February 24, 2012
As the winds whip outside the Century Center Marriott in Atlanta, we are looking forward to a great weekend for our 20th Anniversary SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle
, coordinated by yours truly. I won't have time to visit all the great Poetry Friday blogs until after Sunday, but I wanted to share a little good news Gisele pointed me to this week.
I was thrilled when MODERN HAIKU accepted a submission of mine for the current, hot-off-the-press issue. I was even more thrilled to learn that my haiku was selected for the online sample pages featuring some of the haiku and senryu in the current print edition. (Mine is the first on the page; sometimes it's nice having a last name starting with "B".) My haiku was written as winter knocked on fall's door. Now the breezes are are blowing again as winter hangs on in the face of spring, right around the corner.
to read it and several other poems from the current issue.
Then head on over to visit Jone at Check it Out
for this week's Poetry Friday Roundup.
January 12, 2012
I hope 2012 is off to a great start for you. Iím looking forward to a year of reading, writing, art and spending time with all kinds of readers, writers, and artists.
Iíll continue my haiku journey. What a thrill to learn my proposal for the 43rd Annual Childrenís Literature Conference
in Georgia this spring was accepted: a workshop titled, ďHaiku How-to.Ē I look forward to sharing ways to explore haiku in the classroom with teachers, media specialists, and other lovers of childrenís literature.
Also, Iím happy to celebrate some recent acceptances Ė my haiku will appear in the next issues of Modern Haiku, The Heronís Nest,
and A Hundred Gourds.
In the current (December) issue of Notes from the Gean,
I have a lighthearted poem on p. 42:
escorted to the mailbox
by an acorn
~ Notes from the Gean
, December 2011
and then this one, on the same page:
as ten years ago
~ Notes from the Gean
, December 2011
I wrote that haiku on a cloudless early September day, when the depth of my sadness upon the tenth anniversary of 9/11 caught me off guard.
(Be sure to check out Diane Mayrís
wonderful haiga in this same issue on p. 47.)
Poet, friend, and Berry Blue Haiku
editor Gisele LeBlanc
for recent posts featuring Gisele) has had haiku in several issues of Notes from the Gean
, including these two:
in an urban sky
birds shift in unison-
~ Notes from the Gean
, September 2010
laughing gulls mingle
on the beach
~ Notes from the Gean
, June 2011
Notes from the Gean
features haiku, tanka, haiga, haibun, linked forms, and resources (interviews, essays, reviews). Published quarterly, itís one of several great resources for enjoying and learning about haiku and related genres.
To enjoy more great poetry in a variety of forms, check out the Poetry Friday Roundup hosted today by Tara at A Teaching Life.
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