Thursday, April 19, 2018

#NPM18 - 20/30 - Really A Review

             Two-thirds of Poetry Month is over and it's Poetry Friday. Come gather with Tabatha Yeatts-Lonske at The Opposite of Indifference. Thanks, Tabatha and congratulations on the publishing of Imperfect! Amazing, but true, I'm writing about a mistake this Poetry Friday!



April is  #NPM18 - National Poetry Month.
There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it. - Gustave Flaubert 

       Be sure to see the page on the bar above for the Progressive Poem's schedule of poets, hosted by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem.             
         Here's a surprise for all the Progressive Poem poets, found on my way to the bookstore. 



        And, see what many are doing for Poetry Month, by looking HERE at Jama Rattigan's post at Jama's Alphabet Soup.

          
              My goal for Poetry MonthA haiku diary that may include other forms related to haiku, like haibun, haiga. monoku or renga. My first poem speaks of why I am handwriting the poems.

April’s garden,
growing poems 
on lined pages
                    Linda Baie
links:
       
       Poem two
       Poem three 
       Poem Four

       Poem Five

       Poem Six  

       Poem Seven
       Poem Eight 
       Poem Nine 

       Poem Ten

      Poem Eleven

      Poem Twelve

      Poem Thirteen

      Poem Fourteen
      Poem Fifteen
      Poem Sixteen 
      Poem Seventeen
      Poem Eighteen
      Poem Nineteen

Here is poem twenty:  



      I made a big mistake this week, hoping to make amends today. Last Monday, I shared this book cover photo of H Is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg and Sawsan Chalabi implying that I was sharing and reviewing it. Well, I had the review ready but did not add it to my post. I thought I had and I even shared with Amy Losak, who has shepherded this book of her mother's till publication, that it was there! Yikes! So in addition to the wonderful reviews by Robyn Hood Black here, Matt Forrest Esenwine here, and Michelle Heidenrich Barnes here, I'm sharing my own excitement about this wonderful book here today! REALLY!







         As you know, I’ve been writing haiku this month and this treasure arrived last week that seemed just for me, a new picture book by Sydell Rosenberg, illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi, and lovingly fostered by Sydell’s daughter, Amy Losak. It’s H Is for Haiku A Treasury of Haiku from A To Z.  Studying haiku isn’t easy, and these words leapt out to me in the introduction, “What is Haiku?”.  I even created a visual that I could print out to hang by my desk!


         Sydell passed away more than twenty years ago, was one of the first members of the Haiku Society of America and published many of her poems, but one wish was never fulfilled, a book of haiku for children. Now, these three women have made this wish come true, and in a lovely, heartfelt way. The haiku spring to life on colorful pages with verbs that carry that message of a moment like “jaunt”, “caw-cawing”, “gleaming” and “glisten”.  Sydell persuades us to pause and consider sunflowers by the roadside, a first library card, a girl on a bike, each one when "the wingstrokes become sure". Sawsan Chalabi with whimsy in her brush strokes, sometimes allows the words to amble across the page, or settle in above the topic, like in this favorite: “Yesterday’s cool rain/left this flat puddle smoothing/the wrinkled leaves.” Those leaves are smiling on the page, too. Isn’t that great? 
         It’s not a long book, A to Z means twenty-six haiku, but it is filled to the brim with the joy of life’s hidden, sometimes fleeting, things that Sydell Rosenberg noticed and wanted us to see, too. And now we can!


37 comments:

  1. Great haiku! I like how you focus on the positive aspect of making a mistake.

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    1. Thanks, I did want to be sure to share this wonderful book!

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  2. "hoping" is a wonderful ending -- we do *hope* that everything will be all right, don't we?
    Terrific quote from Sydell. It is one of my favorite definitions of haiku.

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    1. It is beautiful, I agree, Tabatha. Thanks!

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  3. Great post, and thanks for sharing your mistake. Tabatha has started something with her anthology, and it's a good trend where we all celebrate being human. And lovely haiku, too.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda, I hope that sharing on Poetry Friday worked out even better!

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  4. Enjoying your notebook haiku this month, Linda. I clicked over here Monday to read your H is for Haiku review :) -- glad to see it here today. You've more than made amends with your joyous words about the book and that gorgeous quote graphic! My review goes up next Friday.

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    1. Thanks, Jama. My face was certainly red when I looked for the review and didn't find it. I appreciate that you think I fixed the mistake! I do love the book and will look for your review next week!

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  5. A lovely post, Linda. I've been enjoying your haiku, and I love the message of hope today. As a bit of a perfectionist, I don't always see the positive side of mistakes. Thank you for sharing more about H is for Haiku. I can't wait to get a copy!

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    1. Thank you, Catherine. It isn't easy to see a good side, only to try to make it better, I guess. The book is lovely! Hope you enjoy it!

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  6. With this whole theme of mistakes and imperfections I can't help but remember that Leonard Cohen quote, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

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    1. Oh, thank you, Cheriee. That's wonderful. If I ever knew it, I have forgotten it.

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  7. I love your hope-filled approach, Linda, as well as the haiku. And the "staying power" quote is a keeper!

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn, as you see, I love it, too!

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  8. I have been so enjoying your daily poetry, Linda - you notice so much that is lovely and sustains the soul.

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  9. I'm glad to hear more about this book. I want to read it! And I love your haiku--mistakes matter. Yes, they do! And as I tell my daughter, they are not the end of the world.

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  10. A wonderful celebration of haiku. I love how your daily writing is a snippet of you. This book looks wonderful. I especially love the quote.

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  11. Linda, I've been enjoying your haiku so much this month and love the format you've chosen--the visual appeal of your handwritten words on lined paper has been an unexpected pleasure. Somehow that simplicity enhances your poems--perhaps it's because there's nothing to distract from or skew the message in any way. Loved your review as well and especially the quote you included.

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  12. Thank you Tara, Kay, Margaret, Molly & Kimberly. I've spent the afternoon & evening with my older granddaughter, visiting our wonderful Indie bookstore & finding new books to read, for me and for Ingrid. I appreciate your comments. It's been a wonderful month of writing my "haiku diary".

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  13. Lovely post Linda! I'm enjoying each reviewers take of this beautiful Haiku book! Lovely passage, and I like the art you created that holds it all too, thanks!

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  14. Whoops, here' another mistake the comment slipped away before I was ready… I like your "hoping" haiku. I think there's always something to be gained from our mistakes.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle, It is interesting to read different views of a book.

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  15. Look at that sign (plus flowers--are they Jasmine?) you found for the progressive poemers! FUN!!

    Stuff happens. Thanks for sharing your review.

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    1. Thanks, Mary Lee, I think it's a crabapple tree, but loved seeing it while out.

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  16. Sounds like a great book. I love the quote and your graphic to go with it. I made the same mistake you made this week. Posted my Poetry Friday offering to Tabatha's blog before I had published it. I even got a lovely comment on the much older post! Rolling with the mistakes is the only way to go, I guess! Good for you with your month of haiku and related poetry!

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    1. So nice of you to share your mistake, Joyce. The idea of 'rolling' is a good one. Thanks!

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  17. Love your haiku! It's such a great reminder that within every mistake their is a chance for hope. Thank you for sharing your haiku treasures!

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Kiesha. It's been a fun month capturing some moments!

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  18. This really looks like a wonderful book. And I've loving your poems!

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    1. Hope you can find the book, Ruth. It is terrific. Thanks!

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  19. I'm enjoying following your haiku notebook this month, Linda. I just realized today that it is a "haiku diary." Such a cool idea. Love the Sydell Rosenberg quote.

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    1. Thanks, Alice, it has been fun to do.

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  20. I really can't wait to get H is for Haiku into my hands. I've ordered it for my middle school library. It's such a beautiful story---of how the book came to be. I think that is as rich as any of the haiku must be. Great post this week, Linda. I enjoy the hand-written haiku.

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    1. Glad you'll soon have it, Linda. Thanks for all!

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  21. Linda, I missed this post of yours and am sorry. It is well done. I have been intrigued by H is for Haiku ever since Jama posted your piece on it. Then, Amy Losak just messaged me and asked me to review the book so now I am looking to my colleagues to see what was already written. As I told Amy, I am not sure when I will be able to review this book (there are others waiting on my desk) but I would like to do so because I love the haiku format. I absolutely love your visual of S. Rosenberg's definition.

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    1. It's nice that you're looking for other reviews, Carol. Even if you don't review it, it will be lovely for you to have for your collection. And I imagine Amy will love to have a late review to remind everyone about the book. It's great! Thanks for reading and responding.

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