Poet Showcase: Vinnie Kinsella

Name: Vinnie Kinsella
Portland, OR

Blogs: I have my own site, Vinnie Kinsella Publishing Services, but it’s really my business site. I’m more inclined to direct people to Four and Twenty, but that’s not a showcase for my writing. I’m in the process of creating a site for my creative writing, but it’s still in the works.

How do you know Cara? We met through Four and Twenty, but we bump into each other elsewhere on the internet.

How long have you been writing poetry? I’ve been writing poetry since I was a child. I’ve been writing poetry I like sharing with others since I was in college.

What kind of poetry do you write?  I write mostly short form poetry, such as haiku and poems in the Four and Twenty format.

Please share a poem:

1. An untitled haiku I wrote during NaHaiWriMo 2012.

soapy swimsuit
three days in the coin-op —
negligent lifeguard

2. “Blind Girl” (from “Poems in Transit,” a collection of poems I’m writing about taking the bus).

Her dogged companion
ignores her unsightly
haircut. The rest of us
are human.

3. An untitled haiku I wrote that won the “Awesome Sauce” award at High Coup Journal.

Two lines, one corner:
basic trigonometry.
You and I converge.

Poet Showcase: Stella Pierides

Name: Stella Pierides
Germany, UK, and online.

Blogs: Stella Pierides and Stella’s Stones

Twitter: http://twitter.com/stellapierides

How do you know Cara? Through the FB community NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month). I loved her haiku there and looked out for it every day. Then we became Facebook friends…

How long have you been writing poetry? In my head, all my life.  Consistently, on paper and laptop, only the last few years.

What kind of poetry do you write? micropoetry, haiku, senryu, tanka, longer free-form poetry, prose poetry, haibun…

Please share a poem: With pleasure!
spilling its seeds
a broken pomegranate
bleeds for luck

Black seeds
the sweetness of
ripe watermelon

mountains –
looking for my childhood
in buttercups

‘spilling its seeds’ was published in Unfold magazine, 2011. In Greece, as in other countries in the region , it is believed that smashing a pomegranate on the floor, esp. on the first of the year, brings good luck.

‘Black seeds’ was published in the Asahi Shimbun Haikuist Network, 2011

‘mountains-’ was posted on FB ‘NaHaiWriMo,’ FB ‘joys of japan,’ my blogs and twitter, 2012

old-growth forest

My day 7 haiku is now posted on DailyHaiku.

This is my last haiku in the current set; my next set begins in 6 weeks. Please continue to follow along with my fellow members of the Cycle 13 contributor team. They are: Carolyn Hall (invited poet), Alexander  B. Joy, Seánan Forbes, Joanna M. Weston, Sandi Pray, and Margaret Chula.

My other haiku for this week:

morning walk

evening solitude

grandma’s ring


shivering pines

summer butterfly

Poet Showcase: Kay Tracy

Name: Kay Tracy
Location: Portland, OR

Blog: Immersed in Word

How do you know Cara? I met Cara when I accepted her poetry for Four and Twenty. Her name just kept popping up in the accepted work. Then I saw her at Wordstock. I recognized her from her blog picture and had the pleasure of meeting her in person.

How long have you been writing poetry? I wrote one of my first poems  in the sixth grade, “Here Comes Halloween.” In the next few years, some wonderful teachers opened more doors with what I’d call classroom publishing poetry projects. I’ve been writing off and on ever since.

What kind of poetry do you write? I write eclectically. I’m drawn to short form, but I can spin a yarn now and then. I love to play with words and syllabic forms; I break the rules more often than not. Tillie Olsen’s “triple life” is something that I struggle with and try to explore ways of describing. Poetry is a way of existing.

Please share a poem:


I have been pixie led
inside this fairy ring
deception reigns
inside the petal’d crown
a padlock catches

in a meadow
the faded blooms

a new pinwheel
the breath of wind and Jasmine
conducting butterflies

display for the artist
sins of the flesh

The Trouble is in the Rime

I couldn’t resist writing a triolet today for the Poetic Asides Poem-a-Day Challenge. The prompt was to make the title: “The Trouble is [blank]”, and then write the poem.

The Trouble is in the Rime

Sometimes when you write a triolet
you end up with imperfect rhymes
and your best intentions go astray.
Sometimes when you write a triolet
you realize you have more to say
but you’ve just run out of lines.
Sometimes when you write a triolet
you end up with imperfect rhymes.