Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday updates

A new issue of Prune Juice has been released:Prune Juice Issue 7 Winter 2012

Scott Owens sent this:


The Poetry Council of NC, a self-supporting, all-volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1949 to foster a deeper appreciation of poetry in the state, has announced the winners of its annual poetry contests.  Judges were permitted to select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners as well as up to 3 honorable mentions in each contest category, with the exception of the book contest which has no 3rd place winner.  Some judges elected to name fewer winners.

All winners will receive their awards, including cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, at Poetry Day to be held at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory on April 14.  Winning poems will also be published in the Council’s annual awards anthology, Bay Leaves, and winning poets will be invited to read their poems at Poetry Day.  An additional category for Performance Poetry is judged and awarded at Poetry Day.  Information on any of the contests, Poetry Day, and the Poetry Council is available at

The complete list of category winners and judges is as follows:

Oscar Arnold Young (book contest):
JUDGE: Paul Hostovsky, Medfield, MA & Ron Moran, Simpsonville, SC
  1st      The Swing Girl by Katherine Soniat, Asheville, NC
  2nd     Lie Down with Me by Julie Suk, Charlotte, NC
  HM    Rendering the Bones by Susan M. Lefler, Brevard, NC
  HM    An Innocent in the House of the Dead by Joanna Catherine Scott, Chapel
            Hill, NC

Gladys Owings Hughes Heritage (free verse):
JUDGE: Darnell Arnoult, Harrogate, TN
  1st      “Babies Hurtling Several Stories” by Ross White, Durham, NC
  2nd      “Daddy Imagines a Good Death” by JS Absher, Raleigh, NC
  3rd      “The Museum of Broken Things” by Jane Shlensky, Bahama, NC

Charles Shull (traditional poetry):
JUDGE: Paul Bone, Evansville, IN
  1st      “Facts about Early America” by Ross White, Durham, NC (rhyming couplets)
  2nd      “Basic Bad Day” by Peg Russell, Murphy, NC (terza rima)
  3rd      “Featured Reader” by Alice Osborn, Raleigh, NC (sestina)
  HM    “On a Recent Engagement” by Michael A. Moreno, Rockville, MD (sonnet)
  HM    “Water the Lover” by Ellen Summers, Greensboro, NC (sonnet)

James Larkin Pearson (free verse):
JUDGE: Felicia Mitchell, Emory, VA
  1st      “Address to Monarchs” by Ross White, Durham, NC
  2nd      “My Mother’s Lake” by Ann Campanella, Huntersville, NC
  3rd      “What Burns for Light” by Lisa Zerkle, Charlotte, NC
  HM    “Circumventing the Circumference” by Terry Collins, Mount Airy, NC
  HM    “Things Fall Out of My Father” by Robert Moyer, Winston Salem, NC
  HM    “The Lesbians Next Door” by Alice Osborn, Raleigh, NC

Ellen Johnston-Hale (humorous verse):
JUDGE: Gloria Alden, Southington, OH
  1st      “Where Time Does Not Fly” by Susan Spalt, Carrboro, NC
  2nd      “The Voice” by Barbara Brooks, Hillsborough, NC
  3rd      “Arctic” by Lisa Zerkle, Charlotte, NC
  HM    “Black Friday” by Doris Dix Caruso, Burlington, NC
  HM    “Patience” by Jane Shlensky, Bahama, NC
  HM    “I Think They Got It!” by Janet Ireland Trail, Greensboro, NC

Charlotte Young (elementary school):
JUDGE: David Roderick, Greensboro, NC
  1st      “Jupiter” by Sydney Campanella (home-schooled), Huntersville, NC
  2nd      “Light Saves Us” by Paige Morrison (North Forest Pines Elem.), Wake Forest, NC
  3rd      “Blue” by Joellen Callahan (North Forest Pines Elem.), Wake Forest, NC
  HM    “Doves” by Sonja Woolley (Episcopal Day School), Southern Pines, NC
  HM    “Nature Walk” by Lilly Corcoran (Episcopal Day School), Southern Pines, NC

Carol Bessent Hayman (middle school):
JUDGE: David Roderick, Greensboro, NC
  1st      “The Pledge of Sausage” by Devon Stocks (Clarkton School of Discovery), Clarkton, NC
  2nd      “Pumpkin Patch” by Kenneth More [sp?] (Clarkton School of Discovery), Clarkton, NC

Sam Ragan North Carolina Connection (high school):
JUDGE: Natasha Trethewey, Decatur, GA
  1st      "Lesson of the Lark" by Maggie Apple of North Guilford High School
  2nd      Jennifer Comerford of North Guilford High School

Scott Owens

Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic sent this link:

Sasa Vazic sent this link to the Autumn/Winter issue of Simply Haiku:

Here is a review of Ed Baker's Stone Girl E-pic.

Gabriel Rosenstock sent this:

Where Light Begins Haiku, the English-language haiku of Gabriel Rosenstock. This volume also
contains the ground-breaking essay, The Universal Spirit of Issa.

May be downloaded freely by your subscribers.



Susan Antolin sent this:

The Haiku Poets of Northern California have extended the deadline for the San Francisco International Rengay Contest to January 31, 2012.  There is still time to find a partner (or two!) and write some rengay before the deadline.  We look forward to receiving your entries!  The submission guidelines are as follows:

Rengay Submission Guidelines

All rengay must be titled. For two people (Poet A and Poet B) follow this linked format: 3 lines/Poet A, 2 lines/Poet B, 3/A, 3/B, 2/A, 3/B. For three poets (A, B, and C) the format is: 3 lines/A, 2 lines/B, 3 lines/C, 2/A, 3/B, 2/C. Type or print each rengay on three letter-size sheets. Include full authorship information, stanza by stanza, as well as all poets' names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (optional) on one copy only. On the other two copies, mark stanzas with letters only (poet A, poet B, poet C) to indicate the sequence of authorship. Send rengay submissions to HPNC, c/o Fay Aoyagi, 930 Pine St. #105, San Francisco CA 94108.

The 2011 rengay judge is Renee Owen.

Entry Fee: $5 per rengay

Make checks or money orders payable in U.S. dollars to "Haiku Poets of Northern California (HPNC)." Cash (in U.S. currency) is OK. Enclose a business-size SASE (U.S. first class postage or an IRC) for notification of contest winners. No entries will be returned, with the exception of late submissions, or those received without payment. These will be returned using your SASE; without an SASE these entries will be discarded.

Thank you for participating in this year's contest.

If you have any questions, please contact Fay Aoyagi by e-mail (

Charlotte Digregorio sent this:


Just a reminder for those of you who are members: Our "Ripples" newsletter deadline is Feb. 1. If you have published haiku books, won awards, have given haiku lectures, etc., please let Editor Susan Antolin know,

Also, some of you have already RSVPed for the Saturday, Feb. 11 haiku meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winnetka (IL) Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. You might get inspired to  write some winter haiku for the meeting by checking out Michael Dylan Welch's website at

Also, if you are interested, there is National Haiku Writing Month. See (Most action takes place on an associated Facebook site -- currently with more than 600 active monthly users).

Charlotte Digregorio

Ed Baker sent this:

a set of new photos  -first set of thumb-nails at bottom - on my web-site
if you click the image  it enlarges!
the new photos at bottom, here:

here is that huge (4 ' x 8 ')  image of "She w Snake"
which is new version of what is on cover of 'She Intrudes':

there are many more pieces photographed in 3 other rooms not included here.


sure is a bonus   time-wise & intrusion-wise cutting way back on reading internet "stuff"
& only replying to letters/emails....& reading books .... again.

cheers, Ed

Another message from Scott Owens:

Clayton Joe Young and I have been collaborating on a series of photos and poems which will be on exhibit at the Bethlehem Branch of the Alexander County Library throughout February and March (reception from 5:30 - 7:00 on Feb 2) as part of "The Bethlehem Branch Library Exhibiting Artists Series", sponsored by the Bethlehem Friends of the Library and the Bethlehem Community Development Association.

He has also produced a book featuring the work of that collaboration. And it's beautiful -- thanks in large part to Joe's photos. It is 62 pages long and includes 29 of Joe's photos and 25 of my poems (13 of which are brand spanking new). It is called Country Roads: Travels Through Rural North Carolina. It would make a great gift or collectors' item. And is just a wonderful thing to look at. I, for one, can't stop staring at some of these photos.

It is also expensive (at least by my "poor poet's" standards). Which is why I've only ordered 10 paperbacks and 10 hardcovers to sell. I did get Joe to sign each copy, and I've signed them as well. If you'd like one, I would be glad to mail it out to you (my postage is a lot cheaper than the press's, and the ones you could get from them wouldn't be signed).

Paperbacks are $29.95; Hardcovers are $41.95. Add $4 for shipping and handling. Call me at 828-234-4266 to work out details, or mail a check to Scott Owens, 838 4th Ave. Dr. NW, Hickory, NC 28601, or I can give you paypal info if you want to go that route.

Here is a sample poem just to whet your appetite:

Without Affectation

What would you call it,
this color of the natural world,
brown leaves and dirt,
khaki-almost-blonde straw,
gray trunks of trees,
occasional green of moss and cedar,
all blended under winter's fast-moving,
blue-gray sky --
a muted impressionism --
charcoal, sepia, ochre,
memory, regret, contemplation --
a color your eyes try to filter out.

Or, you can preview the entire book at
I hope to see you at the reception, and let me know if I can send you a book beforehand.

Scott Owens

Penny Harter's poem "Because a Volcano Has Erupted in Japan" appears in the just released anthology *Sunrise from Blue Thunder: Japan, Earthquake-Tsunami, March 2011" (c) Pirene's Fountain, 2011. Edited by Ami Kaye.The poems in this anthology honor the people of Japan as they try to rebuild their lives after these two disasters.

Her sonnet "Summer Ice" appears in the new anthology, *The Best of The Barefoot Muse," (c) 2011 Barefoot Muse Press. Edited by Anna M. Evans.

And four of her haiku and a haiku sequence appear in Aubrie Cox's blog anthology *The Language of Dragons*.

And finally, my sincerest thanks to all who have started visiting my other blog, The Frugal Poet. Contact me if you have a poem and recipe to share.


Area 17 said...

Another great list of items to peruse, enjoy, and take home.

So many congratulations, where to begin?

Well done to Bob Moyer for his HM “Things Fall Out of My Father” re James Larkin Pearson (free verse).

What a great title, I would love to be able to read this poem.

To Ed Baker's book:
Stone Girl E-pic, Ed Baker (525pp, Leafe Press) where a critic says within his review entitled:

What Makes Love is Everyday Actions

I suspect this book might be Marmite... depending on the willingness of the reader to work, it'll either be loved or hated... nothing between"

The review is worth reading. Ed's book isn't a haiku collection, but regarding haiku, I do worry that some readers don't push their own boundaries (whether they are haiku writers or not). As not all poems, or haiku, can be, or should be, simple, a reader who wants to stretch themselves will become a better reader, and a better writer if they write as well.

As a sense of place is so important in poetry, I recommend Scott's Country Roads: Travels Through Rural North Carolina.

He posts a poem here called Without Affectation

The first two lines:
What would you call it,
this color of the natural world

The last line:
a color your eyes try to filter out.

I urge you to read the whole poem.

Scott says the book is expensive, but I would argue that it isn't, because of the collaboration between photographer and poet.

It's a book you'll come back to time and time again.

Congratulations to a book coming out in quick time, filled with high quality work, in aid for the Japan disaster(s): Sunrise from Blue Thunder: Japan, Earthquake-Tsunami, March 2011.

And to Penny Harter whose work also appears in this.

Penny also has work appearing in The Best of The Barefoot Muse and The Language of Dragons.

What an absolute treat, and we also have The Frugal Poet to enjoy, and even particiate in!

all my best,

Alan, With Words

Terri L. French said...

Wow, what a jammed packed issue of Tobacco Road! Congratulations to all. It is especially heartening to see so many young people writing poetry!

Unknown said...

My thanks to Curtis for posting this information and to Alan for the kind words.

Ed Baker said...


thanks... &

for those who "missed" John Mingay's review of
Stone Girl E-pic (in current issue of Stride Magazine):


another very fine poet, Joe Hutchison has a review in/on his
Perpetual Bird blog.... somewhere.


here is a thought that just 'struck me' :

an haiku / a 'shortie' is (only) a footnote to
a longer piece /trip.... ?


dig this... Leafe Press INCLUDES the postage/handling of the book .... which is substantial

Ed Baker said...

WOWOW ! Google is doing very strange things:

here is link to John Mingay's review ,

What Makes Love Is Everyday Actions:


as I re:call
Google cuts of part of the above http:

not exactly an haiku moment, eh ?

OHHHH !!!! I got one ap-rap-poe,,, a 'shortie':

searching the stars
for intelligent life
damn little of it here

(both Cid & Shizumi got a 'giggle' out of this one
with it s accompanying drawing :