lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
I had a moment of enlightenment/nirvana that was quite nice yesterday amidst all the suffering/dukka I've been going through lately. I wrote about it in [personal profile] jjhunter 's most recent How Are You? (in haiku) post, but felt it deserved its own space as well.

The poetic version:

arose from child's pose
quest complete: a pair of bluebirds
found a home in mine
bonus prize: cedar waxwings
bathing, my eyes shedding years

The prose version:
Cut in case you just want the poetry without any spoiler explanations )

ETA: And yes, I did cheat and make it a tanka. :P

lizcommotion: A British stamp of Queen Elizabeth (UK stamp)
Tanka 12/14/2012

stamps whisper stories
a journey from hand to truck
unknown messengers
the promise of a letter
unopened, with words to spill

nudged to write again by reading the works of [personal profile] jjhunter , [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith , [personal profile] alee_grrl ,[personal profile] cadenzamuse and all the folks on [community profile] poetree . Thank you!

Poem written for one of my penpals...who I don't think follows me here, so hopefully it won't spoil the snail mail surprise!

lizcommotion: historic-style drawing of a woman with long hair dressed in purple robes sitting in a field (pagan woman)
wolf tanka

once there were packmates
paws, familiar scents, hunters
to help bring down prey
humans came, we were hunted
faint pawprints in snow, alone


written by [personal profile] lizcommotion
for [personal profile] jb_slasher 
prompt: wolves
lizcommotion: Patrick Stewart in Star Trek attire with the caption "Engage" (Patrick Stewart)
Exciting news! Two of the tanka I've been working on for NaPoWriMo will be published in the June 2011 issue of LYNX.

There are many reasons why I'm pleased with this, aside from the obvious:
  1. It's the first place I've submitted these poems, and they're accepting two out of the four I submitted (!)
  2. The journal is co-run by the author of Writing and Enjoying Haiku, a book I've found extremely helpful. The fact that her e-magazine want to publish my tanka is a great honor.
  3. I just learned how to write tanka about a week ago, and I love the form.
  4. This is the first time I've been published as an "adult" (i.e. not the high school lit mag).
  5. I really love these poems, and I'm glad they're going to find an audience.
I'll be sure to link to them once they've been published in June. In fact, I can even re-post them here. The rights revert back to me upon publication.

lizcommotion: A Japanese schoolgirl overlooking a harbor and a figure with wings (Choice)
I just finished reading Writing and Enjoying Haiku by Jane Reichold. Really excellent book. If you want more information, she has an excellent website with all sorts of free information and guides (including places to get published). It's helping me really get haiku. As a Buddhist, it wasn't a big leap from meditating to stay present in the moment to writing poetry that expresses staying present in the moment. Not that it means it's easy, it just helps.

I'm also really excited about writing tanka, as it's a form that both has a set structure (with a twist!) and can incorporate more human elements than haiku. It's also a challenge to set some of my wilder emotions aside and focus Very soothing.

So my current NaPoWriMo challenge to myself is as follows: write two poems per day. One "Western" lyrical/prose poem, and a tanka that compliments (but does not repeat) the previous poem. Plus I'm adding an image from Open Clip Art.

To date, I've completed drafts of poems on Dragonflies (4/1) and Castle (4/2). Today I'm working the theme Bicycle but I'm struggling with the tanka. I may write it later tonight or (gasp!) tomorrow. I really want to keep this up throughout the month.

With any luck, I can make a nice pdf ebook or perhaps a chapbook type thing. Perhaps I'll crowdfund it?

Also excited about combining haiku and crafting. Because I have been neglecting my papercrafts.


lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)

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