Friday, December 30, 2016

A rustic broom

a rustic broom
scenting our hearth and home
with cinnamon …
less sweet, the year's debris
I ought to sweep away

Mariposa, spring/summer 2016

H A P P Y  N E W  Y E A R

Well, it's finally gotten cold here again. And now the heating system (including the backup heater) appears to be broken once more. So, maybe not the best way to end 2016! But the good news: it's supposed to warm up this weekend for a little while.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Announcement: Haibun Today Submissions

Reminder for Tanka Prose Writers: Haibun Today is currently accepting submissions for the March issue. To be considered for that issue, please submit your polished tanka prose pieces to me by January 15. See the guidelines on the website.

Friday, December 23, 2016

A stream of warmth

a stream of warmth
from this vent in the floor ...
the people
from all my winters
who still hold onto me
GUSTS, 24, Fall 2016 

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings
from my small corner to yours!

Friday, December 16, 2016

The clink

the clink
as I drop each pine cone
into the bucket—
keeping the pretty ones,
isn't that the way it is

Ripples in the Sand, 2017 TSA Members' Anthology

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Tanka Pair


curling up
on this old mattress
bony knee
on top of bony knee
I search for softness

this quilted cover
of clouds    
…..patches of darkness
threaded with light

Skylark, Winter 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

As a child

as a child
I dreamed of writing books …
my feet small
in these sidewalk prints
cast by Thomas Wolfe

Frameless Sky, issue 3

Asheville, North Carolina

Friday, December 2, 2016

Announcement: Haibun Today Changes

Thought I'd let readers of twigs&stones know I've taken on a new poetry job. Wish me luck! Effective December 1, I became the editor of the tanka prose section of Haibun Today, an online journal familiar to poets/writers in the haiku and tanka communities. Of course, that unfortunately means that the ever-so-talented and passionate Claire Everett has stepped down from her role as tanka prose editor, to pursue other endeavors. Jeffrey Woodward, founder and owner of HT, as well as a leading expert (or perhaps more accurately the premier expert) in the field of English-language tanka prose (not to mention haibun), also has stepped down. The contributions of Jeffrey and Claire have been immeasurable.

See the new issue of HT here.