I write because I can
Makes me think I can fly
Gives me the chance to try
My words have wings
©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben
All month long, we are encouraged to write poetry, read poetry, share it, perform it and celebrate the lives of poets you may know or not know!
The Academy of American Poets has a website filled with ideas, scheduled events and resources for teachers to foster an enthusiasm for poetry!
If you know a poet, check out some of their books…Oh, if you are reading this, you DO know a poet. My books can be found through my Author Central Page Nine of the twelve books I have available are strictly poetry books. And my most recent book, A Haiku Perspective 2018 is #1 Hot New Release in Japanese Poetry – Haiku on Amazon Kindle.
Thank you to all who appreciate the work of poets. Thank you to all who celebrate life through the writing of poetry. Thank you to all who believe in the power of words to lift the spirit and spark the imagination.
This is OUR MONTH!
This is the book that started it all, A Haiku Perspective 2015 is my very first book of Haiku Poetry.
Not only was I thoroughly enchanted with finding I enjoyed writing haiku, I also found I enjoyed the process of putting haiku poetry books together. So, here in the final weekend of National Poetry Month, I am offering A Haiku Perspective 2015 for that ever exciting, .99 Kindle Countdown price. This deal will run from Friday, April 28th 11:00am EDT through Monday, May 1st 11:00am EDT.
I had a blast choosing the photo for the cover. This is a Bird Fairy that my sister was hired to sculpt. I took a few pictures before she delivered it to its new owner and thought it would make an intriguing cover photo. The responses have varied from wary to delighted.
Giving credit where credit is due, I have to thank fellow blogger/author Ronovan Hester for his weekly haiku challenges. This is what got me started writing haiku. Once I gave in and joined his merry band of participants, I was hooked! His two-word prompts offered us the opportunity to be creative. I have to say, I wasn’t always classy:
Think & Fresh
Frozen spinach sucks
When trying to make salads
Think I will buy fresh
I still participate in those challenges, to perhaps I’ll see you there one day.
Thank you, for participating in my celebration of National Poetry Month 2017! Thank you for gifting yourself and others A Haiku Perspective 2015 and my other books.
Walk around with a poem in your pocket, do ya? Well, there is a day celebrated throughout the United States and Canada just made for folks such as yourself…
That’s right, April 27th is THAT DAY! The American Academy of Poets continues to enjoy National Poetry Month (April) by inviting you to join them, by sharing your poetry, or your favorite poetry all day! Visit http://www.poets.org for suggestions as well as to find out what others are doing in your area!
The beautiful thing about sharing poetry is that sharing poetry is a beautiful thing!
YES! I am sharing a poem with you, here… This is one I wrote for one of the Ministers in my church in honor of his 50th birthday… As this was written back in the 1990’s he has since forgiven me…
Oh, How Nifty to be Fifty
To have the freedom to say exactly what you mean
And the right to be loud, and cause public scenes
And the fashion sense to wear colors that don’t quite go together
And the forgetfulness to dress inappropriately for all types of weather
And to understand they put rails in showers
And to enjoy doing absolutely nothing for hours and hours
And to appreciate creamed spinach and toast with chipped beef
And to be able to ride the bus without having to give up your seat
And to plan vacations for warmer climate states
And to be the reason most drivers tailgate
And to be truly rewarded for your half century
With major discounts through AARP
And while you’re younger than your children and older than your folks
You’re at the right age for public ridicule and to be the butt of cruel jokes
And yet you may be thinking of all the paybacks you could send
Remember, living well is truly the best revenge!
(c) Annette Rochelle Aben 2017
Okay, I showed you mine, now show me yours!
Poetry is something that is in my head 24/7. I think, dream and speak in poetry. Not just any poetry mind you, generally I’m all about haiku! Last year, I debuted a book of haiku in honor of National Poetry Month, so I figured I would share A Haiku Perspective 2016 this weekend to continue the celebration. From Friday, April 21st 11:00am EDT through Monday, April 24th 11:00am EDT, you can enjoy a .99 Kindle Countdown deal on this book.
I filled this book with haiku written for blogs posts, contests and challenges. There is even poetry that only those who have this book have ever seen. One of my favorites is called: Thanks Dad
The phone rang just now
From hundreds of miles away
He just got the book
Loves the duck picture
You know, it just spoke to him
He said, keep writing
Why this is special, is because he had just gotten his hard copy of PhoKu and was so happy with it that he wanted me to know he was proud. So, I wrote a haiku about that call and included it in THIS book.
I got another phone call when he got his copy of A Haiku Perspective 2016. And he takes the books with him when he goes to town and shows everyone how he inspires poetry. What a guy… Thanks, Dad!
And thank YOU for enjoying my books! You never know who could be inspired with a copy of A Haiku Perspective 2016, even you!