Sunday, May 23, 2010

Marilyn Appl Walker - Three Questions

Marilyn Appl Walker grew up on the High Plains of Kansas near the Colorado border. She is a poet who now lives in Madison, Georgia with her husband, Marshall. In 2002 she became acquainted with haiku after ordering several poetry books. Since 2003, her work has appeared in leading haiku journals and has received honors in Canada, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

1) Why do you write haiku?

There are many reasons but I think mainly my hope is to capture a moment in time and make that certain moment continue to live, much in the way a photo makes a moment live. In addition to sharing my own haiku, it is exciting to be a part of a writing community and look forward to each poet's contribution to the genre.

2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?

Through the years I have enjoyed rhymes, free verse, and more recently tanka; but haiku has become my first love.

3) Of the many wonderful haiku you've written, what do you consider to be your top three?

As of the moment, these are my choices.

we bring home
the wild magnolia seeds
starlit night

Frogpond, XXVIII.2, 2005
October Winner, HCC, 2006
Haiku Calendar, 2007

winter drizzle
the child's red crayon
worn to a nub

February Runner-Up, HCC, 2008
Haiku Calendar, 2009
The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku of 2008

thunder moon
odor of the rodeo
kicking up

Frogpond, XXXI.1, 2008
July Winner, HCC, 2008
Haiku Calendar, 2009

Photo credit: Marshall Walker, March, 2010

This backyard cherry tree is a highlight of spring.

Many thanks Curtis, for making this series so special.

All Best Wishes,

If you've been enjoying this weekly series and have not contributed, please consider sharing your response (whether it be for haiku or tanka) to the three little questions that Marilyn answered. You must be a published poet to participate.


nora said...


It is great to see you here! Of these, I particularly like "thunder moon."

Terri L. French said...

Thanks for sharing, Marilyn. I particularly enjoyed "winter drizzle"

Area 17 said...

This haiku is a treat to read again and again:

winter drizzle
the child's red crayon
worn to a nub

Brilliant! ;-)

all my best,


Anonymous said...

just visiting a favorite site and what joy - reading your sparkling poems this morning - blooms like your tree.