Creative Reading Note: Gary Hotham

I am reading Park Bench Memories: Haiku Tailwinds, by Gary Hotham. As stated in the book, he has been writing haiku since 1966. The haiku in this book were previously published in the last ten years, in many publications. Gary Hotham states, “Making moments wear words.” Wonderful book.

Yiqralo Press, 2020
Maryland, USA
Author copyright
Photos by the author

Time of Singing poetry journal

Time of Singing poetry journal, edited by Lora Zill, has a new site. This print journal was one of the first to publish my poems, and I am grateful. Today I am reading the Winter 2020/21 issue (Volume 47, Number 3).

Here is an early poem.

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31–32 inspired my poem.
Published by Time of Singing (1995).

Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

Poetry and Time: Four Haiku

This post continues the ideas from my previous post, thoughts of a friend.

These are a few of my haiku that were published by Time of Singing poetry journal. Charles A. Waugaman was editor for years, and now Lora Homan Zill has been editor for years. There are also Contributing Editors.

old photos
on my desk —
bleeding hearts in bloom

Time of Singing, 1994

sudden cold —
Christmas cactus
already blooming

Time of Singing, 1997

Quiet Christmas Poetry
(a site and large print chapbook)

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

Time of Singing
25th Anniversary Volume, 1998

sometimes by sight
in my life of faith
apple trees in bloom

Time of Singing, 2014

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

I am also grateful to the many artists who add color and beauty to my posts.

Thank you.

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thoughts of a friend

thoughts of a friend
who always loved and grew
I wonder . . . Has the sky
ever been this beautiful a blue?

for Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)

Time of Singing poetry journal
Spring 2011

As with Modern Haiku, I learned of Time of Singing from a Poet’s Market book years ago. Charles was editor of Time Of Singing at that time, and published my haiku and other poems. Grateful to all.

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journal notes – haiku

I was able to spend some time with my paper files this week, which took me back to my early years with haiku.

My mother was a professor in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I was writing poetry and she encouraged me to consider a form; and then I found Modern Haiku, in a Poet’s Market book.

Here is my haiku for my father.

rarely at your grave —
geranium blooms freely
on your workshop stool

Modern Haiku, Fall 1996

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions Series, 2010
Edited by Curtis Dunlap

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: July 11, 2017

You may also be interested in Haiku Art Site, where I keep track of my work in haiku over the years. I continue to love this form.

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Ellen Grace Olinger