Category Archives: My Poetry

Daily Haiku: April 12, 2017

Originally posted on Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog:
first thaw our spades remove                                                    …

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Photo haiku goes global

Last year, poets from 96 countries and territories submitted 5,303 photo haiku to the NHK World TV web-based programme Haiku Masters. The photo haiku is a relatively new form of visual literature. Each month the Haiku Masters production team calls for entries from around the … Continue reading

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Tanka, ekphrastic poetry and chalk pastels contribute to Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement

I was so proud of Class 9 Donard, Abbey Grammar School, Newry when they were recently presented with the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement 2017 for their poetry. The work resulted from a series of workshops delivered through Community Arts Partnership … Continue reading

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‘Clock watching’ – interpreting photo haiku

The dandelion seed head, or ‘clock flower’ in the photo below inspired the accompanying  haiku. I combined the image and words in Photoshop and submitted it to the photo haiku competition organised each month by Japanese TV NHK World’s HAIKU MASTERS. Episode … Continue reading

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Matrix NI’s ‘sci-ku’ challenge

For the last couple of weeks I have been researching science topics and counting on my fingers for a science haiku competition. The brief for this event the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, Matrix, was to Tweet science-inspired haiku in three lines … Continue reading

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Of ‘hyggekrog’ dreams…

Angela Topping’s highly enjoyable hygge series focusses on the many aspects of this Danish word that loosely describes how simple pleasures in life can make us feel good. The writer explained in one post that the associated noun hyggekrog defines a place that embodies cosiness. She said it … Continue reading

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Hygge Feature #17 Coming in from the cold and dark

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Being outdoors in the cold and coming home makes hygge more intense. A bowl of soup, a warm fire and the tingle of warmth returning to frozen hands and feet – it’s almost worth going…

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First publication of the year on tinywords

  This is a monostich (one line haiku) that is very close to my heart. It refers to my youngest sister Niamh’s two-year battle with cancer, which she lost in September. Even though it is just seven words long, the … Continue reading

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The role of ‘fusoku-furi’ in the art of photo haiku

FURTHER UPDATE: I was excited to learn over the Christmas holidays that my entry in the January episode of the award-winning Japanese TV programme HAIKU MASTERS won Haiku Master of the Month. Haiku master and judge Michio Nakahara said, “The … Continue reading

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There’s something about clowns…

Okay, so the subject in Henri Rosseau’s Carnival Evening, 1886 is the character, Pierrot rather than a clown, but the dark, surreal atmosphere in the painting had the same effect on me as creepy clowns and carnivals. Think American Horror – particularly its Freak Show season.  … Continue reading

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