Category: Literature

five haiku and a lesson plan

These haiku appear in anthologies published by the Haiku Society of America (2013 – 2017).

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Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow

Published in This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’ Anthology, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.

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morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

Published in Take-out Window:  Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham. This haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010; edited by Joyce M. Johnson.

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January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

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light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

Published in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

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country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

Published in on down the road: Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology, edited by LeRoy Gorman.

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I wrote “country roads” for the EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of Light, The Haiku Foundation.

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And I wrote this lesson plan, which was edited and published by Jim Kacian at The Haiku Foundation:

Haiku Lesson for All Ages: EarthRise Collaboration Themes and Poems.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Poetry Journals and Memories

Another print journal I am grateful to receive is The Lyric (1921 – 2017).  I looked at their website today.  I see their current site is also with WordPress.

The Summer 2017 print issue (Volume 97) is here by my computer.  The Current Issue page at their website lists the contributors and also sample poems.

Jean Mellichamp Milliken is Editor.  The Associate Editor is Nancy Mellichamp Savo.

The Assistant Editor is Patrick Milliken, and the Collegiate Contest Coordinator is Tanya Cimonetti.

The Lyric is “the oldest magazine in North America in continuous publication devoted to traditional poetry.”  I remember sharing this journal with my mother, Enola M. Borgh, who was born in 1917 and taught literature and composition.  She often quoted Robert Frost and admired his craft.  I read his poetry to her during her last illness.

I see The Lyric also looks to Frost for inspiration.  See their Submit Poetry page.

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Editors and journals vary in their styles, guidelines, and policies.   I read and reread carefully, before offering work for review.   And I enjoy many forms of poetry, print and online.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Two Books In Print

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We have two books in print.  They can both be ordered at the Time Of Singing books page.  You will note that the price is 5 dollars per copy, and 3 for 12 dollars.  You can combine this special offer with both books.  All proceeds benefit TOS.

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need is a poetry anthology, edited with Lora Homan Zill and Charles A. Waugaman.  Charles created the beautiful cover art, and illustrated the book.  There is a description of the book and a list of the poets at the Time Of Singing books page.

Quiet Christmas Poetry is my large print chapbook, created from my site of the same name.

Thank you!

Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry

I am enjoying the new Summer 2017 Time Of Singing.  Lora Homan Zill is Editor, and H. Edgar Hix served as the Contributing Editor for this issue.

Nancy Esther James and I served as Contest Judges.  The Contest for this issue was Haiku, Tanka, and Senryu.  There are also Editor’s Choices.  I enjoyed reading the many good poems that were offered.  You can read more about TOS Contests here.

You may also be interested to read Lora Zill’s Editor’s Arias.

Ellen Grace Olinger