Friday, August 14, 2020

Wild Fridays #32: Roving the Web


Via my inbox (from Tinywords):

Hello tinywords readers and poets! We are now accepting submissions, through the end of August, for our 20th anniversary issue.
To submit haiku, haiga, or other short poetry, use the form here:   
The Editors

On a friend’s Facebook page:

Full details here.

I Wish I'd Written This

But I think it would be overkill to feature Caitlin Johnstone again so very soon, even if Consent Rescinded is a white-hot, brilliant manifesto. And besides I wouldn't be able to find anything illuminating to say about it, as in this she says it all. So you may have a look for yourselves at the link on the title of her piece, above.

Haiku Havens

Those who love haiku and related forms will no doubt already be well aware of the colourful CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI website, created by the indefatigable 'Chevrefeuille'. I know several people in this community respond to his prompts, as I do myself from time to time. It's also a great source of education about haiku, renga, tanka, etc. etc., imparted in a very readable, easy style. And you can find a number of free downloadable ebooks there too. (Some are by Chevrefeuille's friend and mentor, the noted haiku scholar and haijin, the late Jane Reichhold.) All the links at the top of the page and in the side columns are very interesting to follow. One of them leads to a blog featuring works by the great Basho, and Chevrefeuille's own writings inspired by them.

As you see, GRACEGUTS is the website of Michael Dylan Welch. Unlike Carpe Diem it's not interactive, but here too you can find a wealth of material on haiku and related forms, by Welch himself and others. It's all very detailed and scholarly, and it takes account of the modern 'English language haiku' and such, whereas Chevrefeuille is more traditional in his approach.

I find Carpe Diem a delightful place to play, while Graceguts is endlessly (and to me fascinatingly) informative and includes many excellent examples of haiku.

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  1. Thank you so much for introducing us to Tinywords and letting us know they are accepting submissions, Rosemary!πŸ’ I have always admired those who excel at micro poetry and short forms especially haikus. It has never been my area of expertise.

    Always a pleasure to read more of Caitlin's work πŸ˜ƒ her Manifesto completely blew me away! I believe when we are younger we are easily persuaded until we find our own voice. I especially resonate with; "I agreed that only things that make money were things worth creating."

    I will definitely be checking out Carpe Diem and Graceguts! We had our Independence day here yesterday and celebrated at home. πŸ’

    1. I hope you had a lovely celebration, even though you couldn't go out. Glad you enjoyed the amazing Caitlin.

      Hmmm, yes, the way you use words is pretty much the antithesis of haiku – and you should definitely keep on doing what you are doing, with all its richness and metaphor. You have a unique voice, full of beauty and feeling.

  2. New stories about fairy godmothers you say? Hmmmm...πŸ˜ƒ

    Also thank you for the pages to check out! I'll treat myself to time perusing the haiku pages as a reward for meeting my daily writing goals. πŸ’–

    1. Ha ha, yes I thought the fairy godmothers might interest you! And one or two others around this community.

  3. WOW thanks for all of these "scoops."

  4. Isn't it amazing what roving the web can fetch us? recently i have been looking at japanese music, angry contemporary poetry, the stuff at reddit, and lots of stuff unrelated to poetry. strangely, all these unrelated things can inspire some poetry. :)

    thank you for the heads-up to these sites. most likely i will be sending 5 haiku/senryu to tinywords. the last edition i submitted but none were accepted. 😞

    1. I must make sure I remember to send some there myself! (Which I haven't managed yet as I tend to forget ... but I would like to get in.) It's so great that they don't mind prior publication on personal blogs or in facebook groups.

    2. I think that I will join you, and send a couple of pieces. Like Rosemary said, it's nice they accept things we've published on personal accounts. Fingers crossed.

  5. Thank you for keeping us informed, Rosemary. I may try to submit something but deadlines seem to creep up on me. I'm not 100% in agreement with Caitlin's words but I admire and agree with her independent streak that permeates her work.

    1. I know what you mean about deadlines creeping up; I have that problem too when it comes to submitting stuff.

      I notice Caitlin doesn't really have any practical advice as to what we might do about the situations she points out. I think her mission is simply to wake us up and get us questioning, and that she manages quite well. And yes, that independent streak is infectious.

  6. I just finished looking at all the links and must say that the Fairy Godmother call for submission sounds very tempting. I might have to give it a go. Thank you, Rosemary!


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