Haiku has become quite a hot topic in an online writer’s community of which I am part. Upon the challenge of a particular friend (sunshine), I have taken my first feeble steps into the world of Haiku. I’m sure a Haiku purist could cite a number of reasons why this isn’t truly haiku, but what the hey! I had fun writing it. I hope you enjoy reading it!
My First Haiku!
“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.” – Walt Whitman
Lie with Me a Little While – Richard Stephen
Many men in my generation were raised on Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris and the Marlboro man. Men that stood alone, did it their own way and always triumphed in the end. Against all odds they braved the perils, vanquished evil and won the girl. All without doubt, all without shedding a tear. This was the model for men for generations. Men that didn’t need anybody. Stoic men.
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April is National Poetry Month!
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
Snowflake by William Baer
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Poetry.LA has it’s finger on the pulse of the Los Angeles poetry community.
I recently stumbled upon the Poetry.LA website while Googling for poetry events in southern California. I was immediately captivated by this creation of Hilda Weiss and Wayne Lindberg. Rather than attempt to summarize what they’ve done on their site, I’ll let them tell you. The following is taken from the Poetry.LA Facebook page:
Poetry.LA is an online video showcase featuring established and emerging poets videotaped at various venues throughout Southern California. It’s an up close look at a variety of poetic voices, including interviews with poets and publishers. The venues where poetry readings are held are also spotlighted.
Started in 2007 by Hilda Weiss and Wayne Lindberg, www.Poetry.LA posts videos of established and emerging poets recorded at many So. Cal. venues. It also runs video interviews with members of the L.A. poetry community.
You can learn more about this great resource at http://www.poetry.la/ and follow them on Facebook, if you like. You’ll find a multitude of talented established and emerging poets as well as information about poetry events in SoCal and more. They even have their own YouTube channel! Check it out!