Jun 30

Haiku 546

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , June 30th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

buzzing in my ear

circling me and my puppy –

that dreaded green fly!

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Jun 29

Haiku 545

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , June 29th, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

dead things in our yard

dragonfly, iris, elm, toad —

lamb’s ear blooms purple

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Jun 28

Berry Blue Haiku – A New Online Haiku Magazine for Kids

Posted: under Reviews.
Tags: , , , June 28th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

***Update: Readers now have a chance to win a subscription to Berry Blue Haiku. Just leave a comment below by Friday, July 16th and you will be entered in a random drawing.***

Oh, here is something that is not to be missed! The very first issue of Berry Blue Haiku is now out and on the virtual newsstands. Berry Blue Haiku is a new online haiku magazine created with kids in mind. The whole presentation – the haiku, the artwork – is simply stunning so be sure to take a look and enjoy.

The brainchild behind Berry Blue Haiku is the wonderful Gisele LeBlanc of Cobalt Crow Productions and Reflective Ink, a favorite poetry blog of mine.  And so I was curious to know how Gisele thought up and pulled together this incredible project. Here’s what Gisele has to say about poetry, children and the publishing process:

cover art by Joy Nelkin Wieder

cover art by Joy Nelkin Wieder

How did you come up with the idea for this magazine?

I ran another small online magazine for children a few years back–it was called Dragonfly Spirit. We ran fiction, poetry, and nonfiction articles on poetry and art. That was when I took notice of haiku.

Then about a year and a half ago, I started focusing on writing poetry, and learned more about haiku. I absolutely fell in love with the form and couldn’t seem to get enough of it.

I had been thinking about starting a poetry magazine and realized that there was no haiku magazine out there targeted toward kids.

And that’s when the seed began to sprout. :)

Who is your target audience? Kids, yes, but I’m also thinking parents and teachers?

Yes, although the magazine is dedicated to kids, it’s also targeted toward teachers and parents who have an interest in or want to learn about haiku. We’ll be featuring articles and lessons on writing haiku that can be used both at home and in the classrooms. We want the magazine to inspire young and old alike.

You are accepting submissions at Berry Blue Haiku. Are you looking for submissions by children or adults?

The first issue contains material primarily by adults, but now that we are live, we are involving kids, too. In the magazine we are running haiku contests and challenges for kids and all entries, as well as miscellaneous submissions, will be considered for publication.

Initially, we had decided to run our contests/ challenges for children up to age 13, but we have decided that we will also welcome entries from students ages 14 – 18 (under a separate category).

What do you think children can learn from haiku?

I think haiku can help children see the beauty in simple moments. It can help foster an appreciation and reverence for nature. It’s also a wonderful form of expression, can be very therapeutic, and is a perfect introduction to poetry. And, learning to say what you want in so few words is also a great way to practice writing and language skills.

The first issue of Berry Blue Haiku is free. For a limited time yearly subscriptions (4 issues) can be ordered at a reduced rate of $3.49 and then after June 30th at the regular rate of 4.99. The next issue will be out on September 15th.

If you are interested in submitting your poetry, writing or illustrations to Berry Blue Haiku you can get more information here.

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Jun 28

Haiku 544

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , June 28th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

dead things on our lawn

trees, bushes, a bumblebee –

tiger lilies bloom

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Jun 27

Haiku 543

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , June 27th, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

god communicates

via sunlight shattered and

dancing on water

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Jun 26

Haiku 542

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , June 26th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

nothing better than

blackberry ice cream after

a long hot parade

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Jun 25

Haiku 541

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , June 25th, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

subtle waves kirplunk

on the dock’s dark underside —

the lake speaks, I hear

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Jun 24

Haiku 540

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , June 24th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

His dirty dishes

piled up in the bathroom sink –

What was he thinking?

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Jun 23

Haiku 539

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , June 23rd, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

in 9 p.m. sun

neighborhood kids start their game

of red light green light

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Jun 22

Haiku 538

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , June 22nd, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

a woman curses

at a boy leaving her house –

sunlight burns the ground

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