“I try to wash away the sleepiness / from my insomnia laden eyes / pick a fresh sheet of paper / spread clean water till it sheens / like fresh snow on a sunny day / clean and load the brushes with colours…”
winter storm: haiku
winter storm – / a train without a whistle / blows past the house
“Alabaster” appears in poet Stephanie L. Harper’s chapbook “This Being Done”: “I am a pink rose petal’s pale glow / black ash tamped in furrows / between the breaths of the living…”
At the online home of Irish poet Maurice Scully, you’ll find links to published works in PDF format and recordings of his poetry readings.
For the Love of Haiku
Check out these five poets who favor the form.
Early Bird Special
unlike the midnight special / there are no songs / to celebrate the early bird special / no IHOPian bard, / no poet laureate of the blue plate / no bargain basement Dylan / no cut price Cohen / to extol the digestive / and economic benefits / of getting an early start.
Wind: A Poem by Robert Okaji
Revel in the beauty of the wind as revealed by poet Robert Okaji: “That it shudders through / and presages an untimely end, / that it transforms the night’s / body and leaves us / breathless and wanting, / petals strewn about”
How Do We Write Now?
Patricia Lockwood on writing in a time of distractions: “The feeling you get after hours of scrolling that all your thoughts have been replaced with cotton candy . . . as opposed to the feeling of being open to poetry, to being inside the poem, which is the feeling of being honey in the hive.”
You must stop reminiscing at every date.
Monica Byrne shares a winning poem that her father, Donald E. Byrne Jr., wrote about her mother. It was originally published at Red Clay Review.
5 Tools to Format Your Poems During National Poetry Month
Penning 30 poems over 30 days in April? Use these five tools in your editor to format your poetry.
The caesuras in Dwight L. Roth’s poem add a poignant gravity to his verse:
“My words // chosen carefully…
Like stepping on wet rocks
crossing a stream.”
A Celebration of Women’s Poetry for International Women’s Day 2018
At Poethead, Christine Murray curates a selection of poetry from women poets around the world, including Seanín Hughes from Ireland and Shakila Azizzada from Afghanistan.
For My Brothers and Sisters
“My sister and I were once in the Child Welfare System so the death of Tina Fontaine struck me personally.” At Tea&Bannock, guest blogger Kailey Arthurson’s poem calls us to defend the sacred, to defend the children.
Haibun: The Feather
“You were once the pinnacle of aviation engineering, now less purposeful than you appear.”
Read a haibun from Marina Sofia at findingtimetowrite, in response to Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets.
Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair on Colten Boushie
Murray Sinclair, Canadian Senator and former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, reflects on Colten Boushie: “I grieve for other mothers / with empty arms / who now think of their loss / at the hands of others.”