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This year, I participated in Tabatha Yeatts’ Winter Poem Swap for the first time. It was scary, as I had no idea what to expect. But I wrote my poem for Irene Latham (though postal catastrophes followed) and sent off my little package. And I received this lovely set of poems from Diane Mayr. Diane, whom I met at Chatauqua back when it was still the Highlights annual workshop, is a student of haiku and haiga. Personally, I would call her an expert, but she probably would deny that. Anyway, I wanted to share the two fantastic poems she sent me.
Aren’t they beautiful and heartwarming? Somehow they make me feel complete and cozy when I read them. She also sent me this book.
I love haiku and other short forms. I tend to write American haiku (with the 5-7-5 syllable count), so I know this book will broaden my understanding of the form of haiku, since these are haiku in the English language, but not in the American style. I’ve dipped in here and there, and the poems are magical. Like tiny moments of complete and total awareness. Thank you, Diane, for my poems and book, and thanks, Tabatha, for organizing this! I loved adding it to my end of year.
For lots more wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Kat Apel.