Renee Tulippe at No Water River has this week’s round up!
Months ago Diane Mayr graciously guided my reading for learning more about haiku. I’ve been sipping at The Haiku Anthology before bed, rather like a cup of hot tea. It’s comforting to read timeless observations of the natural world when everything in 2014 seems in turmoil.
The other night I was nearing the end of the book. I grabbed a notebook and pen, opened the anthology, and copied down a first line — randomly selected. Then I jotted down two more lines. I quickly churned out several haiku drafts, then moved on to longer poems. It was the perfect way to warm up my writing muscles.
In the dim recesses of my memory, I *think* I remember hearing Ron Koertge speak at an SCBWI event, and I think he recommended writing haiku for just this purpose. He also talked about writing haiku in the classroom as a group exercise to warm up for in-class writing assignments.
If you don’t own The Haiku Anthology, I highly recommend it. Here are some of the first lines I used, just in case you want to have some haiku fun.
freshly fallen snow
a bitter morning
heat of the day
long winter night
Here are a couple of my drafts:
summer afternoon only the cicadas have energy heat of the day cannot penetrate the old adobe