Robyn Hood Black - children's author, poet, artist

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photo by Jo S. Kittinger

leading haiku workshop at SCBWI Southern Breeze Poetry Retreat, June 2011

photo by Donna H. Bowman

presenting haiku workshop at SCBWI Southern Breeze Writing and Illustrating for Kids Conference, Oct. 2011

The workshops were great, but yours topped them for me today!
attendee, Georgia Children's Literature Conference, 2012

Teacher Sharon Briggs had these kind words to say about Robyn's haiku workshop with fourth graders:


Ms. Black took our fourth graders to a nearby field where they quietly observed the
wonders of nature and captured their observations in their journals. She encouraged
and coached our blossoming poets as they transformed their ideas into haiku. Her
enthusiasm was contagous throughout all the stages and culminated in a masterpiece
of published poems.


(Samples of this project are posted on the Student Gallery page.)

HAIKU

photo © Robyn Hood Black

Explore this genre of sparely crafted poetry which offers endless depth. Haiku is wonderful for poets and readers of any age! As Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America, I hope to promote haiku here in our lovely part of the country.

(Scroll down for resources for writers, teachers, and students, and for examples of my published haiku.)



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Click HERE for a recap of our Haiku Society of America SE Region Earth Day Meeting and Workshop, "Honoring the Earth," April 21-23, 2017, in beautiful St. Simon's Island, Georgia.

Haiku Society of America
2016 Harold G. Henderson Memorial Haiku Awards

~ Third Honorable Mention ~

wedding invitations
the press and release
of the nib


Robyn Hood Black, Beaufort, South Carolina, U.S.A.

[Judges: Cor van den Heuvel & Scott Mason]

This poem also appears in the 2016 Red Moon Anthology, dust devils.

Robyn's haiku have appeared in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Acorn, Notes from the Gean, The Heron's Nest, A Hundred Gourds, Prune Juice, and Chrysanthemum as well as in a handful of anthologies.


FOR WRITERS:


FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS:


Examples of Robyn's published haiku:


All poems ©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
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our different truths
the rusty underside
of a bluebird


Frogpond 40.1, Winter 2017

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shorter days
the orb weaver gone
from her web


Modern Haiku, 48.1, Winter-Spring 2017

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wedding invitations
the press and release
of the nib


Third Honorable Mention, Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, Frogpond, Volume 39 Number 3, Autumn 2016

dust devils - THE RED MOON ANTHOLOGY OF ENGLISH-LANGUAGE HAIKU 2016, edited by Jim Kacian & The Red Moon Editorial Staff, Red Moon Press, 2017

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Thanksgiving
plenty of room
for dessert


cruelty free
eye shadow weightless
on each lid


closet floor
the balance of
man-made materials


following me
eyes of the ones
I didn’t stop for


spring dusk each crooning frog sentient


Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog - Animal Rights Haiku, edited by Rober Epstein and Miriam Wald, Middle Island Press, 2016

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summer storm
pavement steam rises
to meet rain


Acorn, #37, Fall 2016

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wedding shower
their fine china
before the first chip


Acorn, #36, Spring 2016

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dressing room
the weight of the wedding gown
she steps into


Modern Haiku 47.1, Winter/​Spring 2016

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outgoing tide
the losses I keep
to myself

Acorn #35, Fall 2015

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spring light
jasmine’s heavy scent
from every fence



spring breeze
the sailboat
pixilated


A Hundred Gourds, 4:4, Sept. 2015

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spring equinox
an egret one
with the marsh


The Heron's Nest XVII.3, Sept. 2015

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downsized —
the whole house vacuumed
from one outlet


Prune Juice, Issue 16 : July, 2015

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contrail
in the sunset sky
what I left behind


Acorn, #34, Spring 2015

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Parris Island
clouds turn the marsh
gunmetal gray


Frogpond 38.1, Winter 2015

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tin roof rain
I forget
what I came for


Frogpond, Volume 37.3, Autumn 2014

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december fog my to do to do to do list


Modern Haiku, Volume 45.3, Autumn 2014

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lingering afternoon
the ebb and flow
of birdsong


This World - Haiku Society of America 2013 Members' Anthology

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new year
the twitter of a hundred robins
in the oak

Modern Haiku, Volume 45.1, Winter/​Spring 2014

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firelight -
old friends meet
for the first time


gazing at flowers - Haiku Society of America Southeast Region 2013 Anthology


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lapping waves finding a you or a me


Modern Haiku, Vol. 44.3, Fall 2013


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telling it slant
a ghost crab slips into
a hole

Acorn, No. 31, Fall 2013


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temple gift shop
no one minds
the register

Frogpond, Vol 36:2, Spring/​Summer 2013


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night thunder
shaking the house
and the dog

Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka & Haiga, Issue 10, July 2013


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spring winds
a shift
of circumstance

Modern Haiku, Vol 44.2, Summer 2013


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June heat
a catbird's call
hangs in the air

Acorn, No. 30: Spring 2013


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Memorial Day
a flag flutters above
its shadow

Frogpond Volume 36:1, Winter 2013


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my small insights
a hummingbird
at the trumpet flower

Modern Haiku, Winter-Spring 2013


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gathering dusk
the unanswered call
of a dove


tornado watch
something to talk about
at the viewing


Frogpond Volume 35:3, Autumn 2012


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robin's egg blue
how my father would have loved
my son

Acorn No. 29, Fall 2012


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robin's egg blue an empty shell


Modern Haiku 43:3, Autumn 2012


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new year's eve
the thump
of the old dog's tail

Frogpond 35:2, Summer 2012


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reunion
his furtive glance
at my nametag

Modern Haiku, Summer 2012


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winter chill
turkey vultures circling
one of their own

The Heron's Nest, June 2012


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winter rain
the fine print
smaller each year

Chrysanthemum, April 2012


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home again
twists and turns
of the live oak

Acorn, Spring 2012


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cold front –
an urgent wind
at my back

Modern Haiku,Winter/​Spring 2012


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om
the distant hum
of a leafblower


back to school
nip in the air
of my teenager

Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka & Haiga, Spring 2012


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cicada song
Spanish moss
dipped in sunlight

The Heron's Nest, March 2012


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rush of wind my imperfect t'ai chi


A Hundred Gourds March 2012


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autumn breeze
escorted to the mailbox
by an acorn


same blue
as ten years ago
empty sky

Notes from the Gean, Dec. 2011


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WHAT WONDERFUL GATHERINGS! The Southeast Region of the Haiku Society of America has had some lively and inspiring meetings the last few years - in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2013 and in Orlando, Florida in 2015. Terri French coordinated these terrific weekends. See our events page and the Facebook Haikufest page. My 2013 Poetry Friday blog series "We Haiku Here" features some of our talented poets in attendance in Atlanta.

Robyn served on a panel with Curtis Dunlap at the Haiku Society of America Southeast Region Haikufest in Atlanta, October 2013
photo by Raymond French


Georgia Children's Literature Conference, 2012

photo by Paula B. Puckett

photo by Donna H. Bowman

Copyright ©2005-2017 Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved. Please ask permission before using any text or images on this website, except for these haiku resource handouts and reproducible
"4 Kids 2 Do" and "Press Kit" pages.

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Nonfiction, interactive book on wolves featuring giant pop-up and tons of info!
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