I always feel bad for the kids trying to enjoy their lazy summer days while being bombarded with back-to-school advertisements. And as a parent, I must say the pressure for a whole new wardrobe to be purchased at once seems unnecessary. The weather is usually mild the first month or more into the school year and the kids still wear their summer clothes anyway. Ah well…
loose-leaf notebook snaps
echo in the hall
-Sari Grandstaff, first published in The Heron’s Nest, March 2006
Here I am after the Politics and Poetry panel at the Woodstock Writers’ Festival. That is my copy of Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez which she so graciously signed for me. She read some of her other work along with Joan Larkin, Alix Olson and John Murillo. The poets on the panel agreed that all poetry is political. It was a treat to hear them read and discuss.
World Book Night was April 23, 2012. Although the weather was cold and rainy, it ended up being a fabulous experience. A friend and I were Book Givers along with thousands of others across the United States and the UK (http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/). We found a spot in Woodstock under an overhang since the weather was bad and there wouldn’t be any people on the Village Green. Everybody has to stop off at the drug store, though! I was giving out copies of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and my friend was giving out copies of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. People stopped to share their reading or non-reading experiences with us as we gave out books. That was the most rewarding part, for me.
Charlotte DiGregorio’s blog post for Apr. 16, 2012 is about haiku and moments of Peace. She graciously included one of my haiku as an example: http://charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com/
The Library as Incubator Project is something I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to. Libraries and the arts have a long history of overlapping forums and this project, created by some ambitious librarians – Erinn Batykefer, Laura Damon-Moore, and Christina Endres – seeks to strengthen these alliances. Check out my Pinterest board of haiku resources in honor of National Haiku Poetry Day. It is still a work in progress: http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?p=4134
I have a haiku published in the April 2012 issue of Chronogram: http://www.chronogram.com/issue/2012/4/Poetry/Poem-Untitled-Sari-Grandstaff. This haiku uses the seasonal reference to the springtime Jewish holiday of Passover. I don’t see too many published haiku with Jewish calendar kigo so I am thrilled to have this one in the Chronogram and also because it’s National Poetry Month. Chronogram is a free Hudson Valley publication with a fabulous monthly Poetica column edited by Phillip Levine. It seems that many magazines and newspapers are devoting less page space to literature and poetry but Chronogram is not following that trend, I’m happy to say.
The latest podcast from Haiku Chronicles on haiku as a way of life: http://haikuchronicles.com/2012/03/e23-tea-talk-haiku-a-way-of-life/
Ce Rosenow, President of the Haiku Society of America, has written a well-informed piece about haiku and road signs on the Poetry and Popular Culture blog: http://mikechasar.blogspot.com/2012/03/haiku-to-you-and-you-and-you-and-you.html. Before you make that u-turn, I recommend reading it.
In my opinion, the best haiku blog out there is Red Dragonfly – bar none. Comprehensiveness, variety, content, even-handedness : http://haikuproject.wordpress.com/
TIE = Take It Easy and I say TIE one on. This applies to writing, working, looking for work, working out, doing yoga, anything. Stress abounds in the early 21st century for many of us and we can take it on the chin, take it under advisement, take it to the limit or as the Eagles sang all those years ago – Take It Easy. And if anyone knows how to soar it is an eagle.