The Solitary Daisy – Issue 18

The New Year

Picture of a frozen creek bed
📸 Sally Quon

another new year
ravens only know it’s a cycle
time just flies
-David Brydges

firework sky
lighting up Sydney Harbour –
different in Gaza
-Anna Dean

new year’s party –
watching a movie
with the cat
-Sally Quon

cardiac testing
the walls adorned
with new year resolutions
-Michele Rule


Michele’s Musings

Welcome back! We hope you all had a peaceful and fulfilling holiday season and that you feel ready to come into this new year on the lookout for haiku!

I wanted to fill you in on a little secret. No one comes to haiku as an expert! We all are continually learning. A great way to learn is to take workshops. To that end, I want to tell you about two happening in January.

The first takes place on January 13th at 10:30 am Eastern time. The title is Beginner/Intermediate Haiku with Multi-award Winning Poet Alan Summers. This will be worth getting up early for! It’s free and you register here.

The second workshop is on January 16th at 7 pm Eastern time. This is a beginner workshop led by our friend Michael Dylan Welch. Trust me when I say you don’t want to miss this! Also free, with registration here.

Have you heard of any upcoming workshops? Let me know at kelownalady@hotmail.com .


An Interview With Debbie Strange

When I first began reading haiku, there were some that seemed to speak to my heart, and when I looked, often your name was there. I began to wonder who you were and decided I would like to meet you, one way or another. Tell me a little about yourself.

Thanks kindly for the invitation to participate, and for your generous comments!

What first led you to haiku?

Though I had dabbled in writing formulaic haiku off and on for years, it was not until joining social media that I discovered the depth and complexity of this form. These online connections with experienced poets opened my eyes to haiku’s endless possibilities, changing the course of my life.

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Member News

David Brydges, the poet emissary for the Ontario Poetry Society, concocted a delicious haiku:

ice wine

on northern rocks

drink earth

His haiku appeared here on Dec. 29,

https://www.asahi.com/sp/ajw/special/haiku/

Sally Quon had one haiku and one haibun nominated for the Red Moon Anthology. The same haibun was also nominated for a Touchstone Award and Best Small Fiction.

Michele Rule had one haiku published in Shadow Pond and two published in the BC/Yukon Haiku Canada Newsletter. Here is one from that newsletter:

pressing maple leaves
in the pages of a book
squashed fly


Opportunities, Deadlines, and an Essay

The United Haiku and Tanka Society is holding a contest. The format must be short, long, short. Deadline – January 31

The Haiku Foundation’s Per Diem/ Haiku of the Day for May 2024 – deadline January 20th. Email your haiku about “Home” and the foibles and fineness there to guest editor Sharon Morrison

9morriss@gmail.com

The Enchanted Garden is open until January 20. The theme this month is “City in Spring.”

Seashores is open for submissions until January 31

January 15 is the deadline for both Cafe Haiku and Literary Revelations: Petals of Haiku

Just opened! Acorn Haiku

Visit The Poetry Pea on YouTube for a video prompt. Leave your haiku in the comments, and maybe it will be chosen to be read on the podcast!

Open now until February 5th, First Frost

Open from January 9th to February 4th, the Golden Haiku Contest 2024! Cash prizes in many categories. This year’s theme is Transforming Paths.

I hope you will take the time to enjoy this lovely haiku essay by author Beth Kempton


This Week’s Prompt

Winter grove

Be still. The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

Ram Dass
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