Last summer, Angela Terry, Julie Warther, and I wrote 6 rengay (via email) on various topics. Today, 3 of them (“Breaking Dawn”, “In Unison”, and “Another Full Moon”) appear in LYNX 28:1, January 2013.
December Haiku Share
This haiku appeared in a rengay I wrote over the summer, with Angela Terry and Julie Warther. It very closely reflects my life right now, as my youngest child puts the finishing touches on his college applications. Share a haiku about college, leaving home, autumn color, autumn in general, color in general, empty nests, or coffee. Or even tables.
on the coffee table
From “Grade Five Rapids”
A Hundred Gourds 2:1, December 2012
If you missed the initial post, click here to read about the month long haiku challenge I am holding right here on my blog this December.
It’s been silent on my blog ever since the 31 prompters, 31 days challenge on NaHaiWriMo ended on August 31. That’s jointly due to the back-to-school busyness, and also to all the journals and contests that have their deadlines between August 15 and September 15. I can’t even think how many haiku, senryu, and rengay I must have submitted. But it all pays off in the end: I have works that will appear in the following publications this fall:
- 2 haiku, plus a rengay with Kirsten Cliff, to appear in Aubrie Cox’s Every Road Takes Me to the Sea post
- 1 haiku, to appear in Modern Haiku
- 2 haiku, plus a rengay with Angela Terry and Julie Warther, to appear in Frogpond
- 1 haiku, to appear in Acorn
- 3 haiku, plus 3 rengay with Angela Terry and Julie Warther, to appear in A Hundred Gourds
- an interview with Ina Roy and Andrea Heiberg, to appear on in our books
- 2 haiku, to appear in tinywords
- 1 haiku, to appear in Mariposa
Recent publications include:
- 2 rengay sequences: “Between the Birdsong” and “All the Words That Mean Cancer”, with Kirsten Cliff, in Lynx 27:3, October 2012.
- My last batch of haiku on Daily Haiku, Cycle 13, Aug. 26 – Sept. 1, 2012.
- 3 haiku: “dust devil”, “pausing”, and “streaming sunlight”, in A Hundred Gourds 1:4, September 2012.
- 1 haiku: “pine wind”, in The Heron’s Nest XIV:3, September 2012.
In honor of summer, I’ve decided to organize my blog, my writings, and my life in general, in that order. I started with the publications pages of my blog. If someone had asked me how many rengay I’ve written, I probably would have guessed 8-10. On listing them, I discovered that I have written an astounding 20 rengay, all since last August, and of these, 13 are published, and another 4 are in the queue to be published. Writing rengay with others often nudges my haiku and couplets in different directions than if I had just set out to write solo. I love that aspect of it! And it’s fun to get to know other haiku poets better, as we collaborate.
I have been writing with Angela Terry and Julie Warther since the three of us met last fall at Haiku North America.We’ve just had our first set of (seven!) rengay published in Notes from the Gean 4:1, June 2012 (pp 119-123): “Fresh Puddles”, “Opening the Locks”, “The Chrome Lure”, “Pink Punch”, “The Steady Drip”, “Sudden Silence”, and “Rolled Up Pants”. The most fun part of writing these rengay, was that they were all written simultaneously, and a report about how that came to be is included as well in the current issue of NFTG. We also have a rengay scheduled to appear in the summer issue of Frogpond.
Kirsten Cliff and I began writing rengay together in February of this year, and have since gone on to publish “The Scent of Pine” and “Turning a Corner” in A Hundred Gourds 1:3, June 2012; “Dream Catcher” in fox dreams, April, 2012; and “Into the Night” in Winged Moon, June 2012. Additionally, our most ambitious project to date, “All the Words that Mean Cancer”, a sequence of four rengay, will be published this October in LYNX. It was the toughest rengay to write, dealing with our experiences with leukemia (Kirsten) and breast cancer (me), but also definitely the most heartfelt, and hopefully inspirational to others as well.
Name: Julie Warther
Location: Dover, Ohio
How do you know Cara? I met Cara at HNA in Seattle last August. We both attended Garry Gay’s rengay workshop and have been rengaying ever since.
How long have you been writing poetry? I’ve been writing poetry for about four years.
What kind of poetry do you write? Originally children’s poetry but now almost exclusively haiku.
Please share a poem:
trapped beneath a paw
frees the fly
– Haiku on the Cat, Violet Press, 2012
a sparrow catches
the outfielder’s eye
– Berry Blue Haiku, March 2011
at first not seeing
– Mu, Issue II