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Journal Announcements / Re: bones - a journal for new haiku
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:26:59 AM »
Alan, I am very excited for this journal :) ill get my submission ready, hopefully I can be in the first issue of Bones :)

Me too!


Journal Announcements / Re: So excited!!!
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:24:59 AM »
Thanks, Andy. It was a great I want to do more!  ;D

In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: cliché in haiku
« on: September 27, 2012, 03:49:48 AM »
Here is a ku of mine relating to Basho's old pond . . .

plastic frog . . .
thinking of Basho
as my son plays

Published in Mango Moons, 2011.

I really like this one! It's funny...

In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: cliché in haiku
« on: September 27, 2012, 03:49:20 AM »
I 've probably committed every cliché sin - apart from the pond one!  ;D But does this mean you can't write about a heron when that's what you're sitting looking at or it's what's standing looking at you?  :o

Journal Announcements / Re: So excited!!!
« on: September 26, 2012, 04:38:12 PM »
It helped that I'd read earlier in the summer in Belfast, but that was a smaller venue in a literary pub/cafe, so I wasn't too nervous as it felt quite informal. Last night's gig was in a church and was all high ceilings, harp music and candles, and we read from the pulpit - so it was a bit awe-inspiring anyway. I hope I did okay, but I guess the recording may say otherwise!

That's a great idea to have a rehearsal, but as contributors to this anthology were scattered over the 32 counties of Ireland I guess there wouldn't have been a big uptake other than those from around the Dublin area.

Thanks for providing the link, on here and AHA. I hadn't got round to looking for it and you had already posted it on each!   :)


Journal Announcements / Re: So excited!!!
« on: September 26, 2012, 09:25:39 AM »
Thanks, Alan. I didn't know about the Welsh anthology, thanks for that.

I'm hoping Anatoly will put it up as I think he was recording speakers. Well, I don't really hope so as I dread to think what I was like, although he did say I was a good reader afterwards...but maybe he says that to everyone!  ;D


Journal Announcements / So excited!!!
« on: September 26, 2012, 05:31:53 AM »
I travelled to Dublin by cab, rail and the DART yesterday then walked for half an hour in order to read at the launch of new anthology, Bamboo Dreams

This publication is the first ever Irish national anthology of haiku edited by Anatoly Kudryavitsky. The Minister of Arts launched the collection and spoke of the recent rise in popularity of haiku in Ireland. I was honoured to have been asked for permission for my work to appear in a publication that contains a haiku from mainsteam Irish poets Seamus Heaney and Patrick Kavanagh. Some of my haiku that featured in the anthology were workshopped on The Haiku Foundation and AHA - so thank you everyone! 


Sea Shell Game / Re: Sea Shell Game 5
« on: August 16, 2012, 07:35:03 AM »
I think I like Patrick Sweeney's best, John. It made me think of life on this planet being as transient as a wave breaking on the shore under a vast blue sky.


Sea Shell Game / Re: Sea Shell Game 4
« on: February 01, 2012, 08:17:19 AM »
Both of these make me think that the writer is describing childhood memories. I wonder if the gold beetles are the reflections in the child's eyes from a bedside lamp just before their mother/father extinguised itt?

The second makes me think of children playing, perhaps at a birthday party or during a dressing up session (maybe the lone ranger!) and someone has just walked out of the house and down the garden path and the child is brought out of their imagination by the visitor closing the gate. I imagine they went straight back to their game afterwards...

I think I prefer the second one as it provides me with an entire scene.

Religio / Re: Death Poems
« on: February 01, 2012, 08:10:38 AM »
Thanks David - it is true, I felt very close to my father that day. Although we had a great relationship, my father was not a sentimental person and we are not being a very 'touchy feely' family so we didn't have much physical contact. Holding his hand was something I'd thought about for a few days when he was in hospital. I just wish I'd made that move earlier.

Thanks Al. I still can't believe Dad is gone. So much of what I do is filled with his memory ... he was extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects and was an inspirational man. I loved listening to his former colleagues talking about him after the funeral. They had such a lot of respect for him, and told me of his great sense of humour.

Religio / Re: Death Poems
« on: January 05, 2012, 10:04:27 AM »
Al, your hospital vigil poem brought me back to my dying father's bedside two summers ago.

The day before he died (and the last time I saw him alive) he was very agitated and was slipping in and out of consciousness due to morphine. His hand suddenly started to wave about and I reached out and held it. He immediately became calm and seemed to sleep, but woke up and looked at me as I left. He died in the early hours of the morning and none of us got there on time. I just wish I had sat holding his hand all that night.

I discover too late
that my hand on his
gave such comfort

New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 24, 2011, 05:07:13 AM »
from your virtual Irish friend!


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