* haiku & new monopoem giveaway!

I lay down
all the heavy packages —
autumn moon.

Patricia Donegan


reaching the top
of the mountain
losing the mountain

Michael Fessler


losing its name
a river
enters the sea

John Sandbach


say no words
time is collapsing
in the woods

Sonia Sanchez


The above haiku are drawn from Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, an anthology I spent time with this week as I wrapped up work at the CR for the semester. The editors provide a great sense of the many paths haiku has been taken on in the English language. I like returning to short lyric forms as seasons change. Helps me pay attention to the details.

Before I share more excerpts from this great anthology, I wanted to thank everyone who entered the Goodreads giveaway for Everything We Think We Hear! Winners have been chosen and will have books sent their way next week. The ten winners will also be receiving copies of the latest Mosca Dragón, my monopoem series. This issue features another poem from my forthcoming collection Small Fires.

2016-12-08-10-06-12Additionally, I am doing a MONOPOEM GIVEAWAY as a thank you to all of you who follow my blog. In order to participate, simply leave a comment below stating your interest in receiving a monopoem. I will keep track of who comments and will pick winners at random. The announcement of winners will be on Wednesday, December 14th! Feel free to comment on this post for a chance to win (on Monday, I’ll give folks another chance).

Here are a few more excerpts from the haiku anthology:

rising river
a shadow still wedged
between the rocks

Susan Constable


In the falling snow
A laughing boy holds out his palms
Until they are white.

Richard Wright


till there’s nothing left
of the light

Jim Kacian


mother’s day
a nurse unties
the restraints

Roberta Beary


Happy detailing!



4 responses to “* haiku & new monopoem giveaway!”

  1. the wing patterns of white-tailed dragonflies are tai chi fish
    in flight: where his wings are burnished brown, hers are
    transparent and in the spaces where his are so clear they've
    become invisible all that he is missing can be found in her

    am interested in autumn mosca dragon

    1. Lovely! (and noted!) Abrazos, José

  2. mating dragonflies—
    my overuse
    of dashes
    Aubrie Cox, Muncie, Indiana, Frogpond 35:2

    Monopoems seem almost like Haiga? I’m totally interested!

    1. What a great haiku! Thanks for sharing! And I love the connection to haiga – hadn’t thought of it, but now I’m thinking of some future issues with poems written specifically with/for an image (as opposed to my first two, which feature art based on previously written poems). Thanks for the comment! I’ve got you down as entered 🙂 Abrazos, José

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