I'm so excited to be able to spotlight the talents of Haiku Garden's special guest today: children's author, poet, and artist Robyn Hood Black. Robyn is a versatile writer, having published fiction and non-fiction children's books, as well as a variety of poetry in anthologies, magazines and top-notch journals. She is also an accomplished artist with a penchant for "literary art with a vintage vibe." I highly recommend her Etsy shop, artsyletters, as a great place to start your holiday shopping!
Robyn describes haiku as a "sparely crafted poetry which offers endless depth." Not only do I admire her talents in this elegant and economical genre, but I benefit from her gifts as a teacher, as well. On her website, she encourages visitors, "poets and readers of any age," to explore their own haiku journeys with online resources that include a haiku resources list, how-to guides for children, and inspiring samples of her own haiku.
On Robyn's blog, Life on the Deckle Edge, she provides even more inspiration. Currently she is running a series called "We Haiku Here." The series, which will continue into December, introduces us to several outstanding haiku poets from The Southeast Chapter of The Haiku Society of America.
Today, however, is all about Robyn, and with that, I give you today's little ditty:
cold front –
an urgent wind
at my back
-Modern Haiku, Winter/Spring 2012
(c) Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
Robyn let me have my pick of haiku on her website and I selected this one because it hits me where I live. Not only does it reflect the sudden shock of late autumn in North Florida, but it also mirrors my state of mind at this time of year-- that sense of urgency always at my back, breathing down my neck and giving me cold shivers. Sort of like this Wind God by Japanese painter, Ogata Kōrin.
|Ogata Kōrin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
Thank you, Robyn, for spending time in the Haiku Garden today. I look forward to your continued lessons in the art of haiku, so that I, too, can condense life into potent nuggets of truth.