I love Haiku. It’s the art of placing an entire world, an entire circumstance/event, on the head of a pin. It is the art of focusing the universe into one bubble of a moment, and then focusing on one specific point within that bubble. A moment that blooms with fabulous imagery and meaning. It’s a beautiful mindfulness exercise.
And no, your haiku does not have to contain a 5-7-5 syllable pattern – that’s a misconception. Here is a link with a great explanation: http://www.nahaiwrimo.com/home/why-no-5-7-5. So don’t limit your imagination, nor your haiku!
[Aphrodite Fritillary butterfly (Speyeria aphrodite) on Blackeyed Susan flower (Rudbeckia hirta), with a little white Crab Spider – photo by Warren Lynn]
Carol became addicted to the cathartic and highly personal nature of poetry as a child. She has taught poetry writing and appreciation to children and adults, and has had the good fortune to serve as a poet-in-residence for Clark Elementary School in Franklin, Indiana. She has also presented poetry workshops for librarians at the Children & Young People’s Division library conferences, and was awarded “Outstanding Teaching in the Field of Poetry” by the Barbara Juster Esbensen teaching award committee. Carol’s poems have been published in anthologies, journals, and magazines such as Frogpond, Branches, The Journal of Modern Haiku, The Vision, and Cricket.
Holding a B.A. in Music, Carol has performed in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. Ensembles to her credit include Shilombish, White Elk, Zionsville Flute Choir, American Crow. As well as being a vocalist, Carol also performs on silver flute, Native American style flute, bass guitar, and bass lute.
Also an avid equestrian, Carol is a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, and loves to spend time with her mule, Andromeda.
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