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.

Poet Showcase: Hannah Gosselin

Name: Hannah Gosselin
Maine, USA

Blog: Metaphors and Smiles

How do you know Cara? Cara and I have crossed paths in the poem-ing magic of Poetic Asides @ The Writer’s Digest blog and more recently we’ve met up in the NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month), on a facebook page.

How long have you been writing poetry? I’ve been writing poetry almost perpetually since April 2009 and I dabbled in it as a child writing cards and in high school, too.

What kind of poetry do you write? I enjoy writing of nature and I like to bring in elements of spirituality. 🙂

Please share a poem:

Recently offered @ the PAD challenge:


Slow-stolen morning moments,

swindled before the creeping sun,

some early time spent climbing,

scaling the paleness of my skin.

Dredging with a bottom-net

I set about to word gather,

rather I should find creepers;

green verbs mixed amid growth.

Drawing my attention instead

a spider moves along smoothly

lilting, long-legged on length of wall,

stalling, stringing out fine silk

it finds gumption and plunges

easily to vacant, wide-open spaces.

In a free fall, faith binding

riding it out, hoping for a bottom,

trusting that thread won’t wear

or come to an end before its destination.

My heart is hesitant and needy,

hungry for this kind of strength.

When I feel the farthest from myself

from my source that I should be ready,

willing to bungee jump into the abyss

permit the search to go deeper,

descend on His design

looking for the “something inside.”

© Hannah Gosselin and Metaphors and Smiles, 2012.

Thank you, Cara, for this gracious sharing in your poetic life!! Smiles to everyone!

Poem in Your Pocket Day Celebration

April 26 has been designated national Poem in your Pocket Day.

And what clever poet friends I have. In this post you will find haiku, haiga, a limerick, a triolet, a Fibonacci, an ovillejo, and other short and long form poetry. Click on the name of each poem to read it. And enjoy!

Cara Holman: summer butterfly

Christine L. Villa: crawling

Madeleine Begun Kane: Limerick Quest

Merrill Gonzales: nor’easter predicted

Ellen Grace Olinger: Saturday Poem

Symanntha Renn: grass that used to be green

Alegria Imperial: Light as Magic

Ina Roy-Faderman: Mockingbird

Bruce W. Niedt: Big Picture

Kirsten Cliff: At the Graveyard

De Jackson: O, Let’s Not

Gillena Cox: End of April

And be sure to check out these two other Poem in Your Pocket blog posts, that I contributed to:

“A Poem in Your Pocket 2012” on Gillena Cox’s Lunch Break blog.

“Poem in Your Pocket Day…” on Margaret Dornaus’ Haiku-doodle blog.

And two more poems:

Merrill Gonzales: “I forget my lips are roughed, at the clear water.”  by Chiyojo (1703-1775)

Jacqueline Hallenbeck:

“Three Little Pigs in a Blanket”

Three Little Pigs in a Blanket
crashed a pajama party.
One started playing the trumpet.
Three Little Pigs in a Blanket
pulled out a rope and tried to jump it.
Their names were Zeik, Bo and Marty.
Three Little Pigs in a Blanket
crashed a pajama party.

(c) jh 4/20/12