Haiku LI


Acronym distance
Wheels and wheels turning over
Numbers singing time.


About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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4 Responses to Haiku LI

  1. Andrea Grillo says:

    I like this one allot. It sings. I’m a the haiku friend of Marsie Silvestro.

    • Grace Mattern says:

      Thanks, Andrea. Where can I find some of your haikus?

      • Andrea Grillo says:

        Hi Grace – I have been writing one haiku a day during February
        because it is NaHaiWriMo – National Haiku Writers Month (you may know the abbreviations already, but I didn’t until I asked someone).
        They are on my blog: http://www.woodlandrose.blogspot.com. There are other haiku and haibun. Haibun is a prose + haiku piece. I’ve read a few of yours. I also have a blogspot on wordpress:
        awoodlandrose.wordpress.com. My sister-in-law and Marsie are writing here so I joined. I am a fledgling writer but have been writing haiku since 2004. If you are interested in some serious haiku websites – just let me know and I will send you some websites. A good one to start is The Herons Nest (www.theheronsnest.com – I think). Marsie and Robin introduduced me to your book of poems almost two years ago. I really admired them. I am not a fan of all poetry but yours spoke to me. Hope that explains a little about me. I really like haiku for the brevity and (sometimes) the beauty. A word of warning – my haiku are not written 5-7-5 and are a little funky/edgy. Thanks for asking.

      • Grace Mattern says:

        Thank you for your blog links — two more to add to my Google Reader. David, my partner, flies through books. “You manage to read a lot more than me,” I said to him today. “Well, you write a lot more than me,” he said. “And you read blogs.” True, true. I like my reading to be right out of the writer’s mind, fresh on the page or screen or wherever. In my possessed-by-a-poetry-demon phase several years ago, writing a book chronicling the year after Eric died, I could only read poetry books (and I speed read those) or manuscripts. I literally could not read published books. Not squiggly and alive enough still. While I still manage a book here and there and often get lost in a few New Yorker articles, I still prefer my reading newly released. Love NaHaiWriMo.

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