Saturday, March 22, 2008

an'ya - Three Questions

an'ya, whose haigo loosely translates to 'a peaceful light in the moonless night', visits Blogging Along Tobacco Road this week with her response to Haiku – Three Questions:

1. Why do you write haiku?

I am obligated to write them down because they are a gift and I am the vehicle. And because every single moment of life, is a "haiku moment" . . .

2. What other poetic forms do you enjoy?

I used to enjoy mainstream poetry ie; sonnets, epics, pattern poems, free verse etc., as well as other forms such as sijo, cinquain, and so forth, but once I found haiku, that's all I enjoy now except for the occasional tanka.

3. Of the many wonderful haiku you've written, what do you consider to be your top three? (Please provide original publication credits.)

my signature haiku is:

silk strand—
suddenly i've become
a puppeteer

(First published in Yellow Moon)

my other favs are:

bitter cold
a juniper berry parts
the jay's beak

(The Heron's Nest)

night of stars
all along the precipice
goat bells ring

(The Heron's Nest)

neap tide
a striped shell tumbles
the sea ashore

(Penumbra Finalist)

an'ya is the editor of moonset Literary Newspaper.

an'ya's new book seasons of a hermitess is currently available at, or please call Rosenberry Books at 800.723.0336.

If you are enjoying this weekly feature, please consider sending your response to the same three questions.

Next week, Charles Trumbull.


marty45 said...

Anya besides being a great poet your also a great teacher.

Anonymous said...

Your answer to why you write Haiku took my breath - the loveliness of the sense of connectivity so vast. Each poem here delivers an experience.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to both Marty (a fine poet himself) and to jpenstroke (whose blog I thoroughly enjoyed reading.)And thank you also to Curtis for all he does to connect people through poetry.

love ya . . . an'ya