Category: Haiku-a-day 2014

A living performance art, this is my first year of creating a haiku-a-day. Inspired by writer Nicole Galland who founded The Haiku Room (a closed Facebook group*) on January 1, 2014, and tens of other writers therein, I committed to a year. A couple of us kept going, but I decided to switch to tanka (a five line: 5/7/5/7/7 syllable format) to further challenge myself in 2015, then a mix of both in 2016/17. Not always easy, but I learned from another in the “room” that when you get blocked, just lower your standards. It gets you through the block and good stuff always returns. Thus you may occasionally find some substandard work, but the practice has brought many gems to life that wouldn’t have otherwise lived.

The first year culminated in an anthology, Everyday Haiku, edited by Kristen Ringman, of which I am honored to be a part.

A Haiku a day
keeps the muse shining, raining
embracing her Earth

*A big thank-you to one of my favorite authors, Janet Fitch, for adding me.