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Tales from the Disenchanted and Wisdom from the Haiku
Diana Leavengood Blanco
About the Book
“My poems are oftentimes born from some great sadness.
They usually speak of things that have been lost.
They try to catch the soul and trap the memory –
To tell the story…true…and– what–the cost.
I rhyme because it helps me to remember.
I rhyme so I must measure every word.
I rhyme to help those lost things live forever.
In rhyming, lilting, steeped-in-meaning verse.
Words can prevail past flesh or thoughts or empires,
And words can make souls live beyond the grave.
So Man will ever know the wonder of them –
The courage that they showed…the joy they gave.”
About the Author
“After graduating from Duke University, I lived with my grandfather at the base of Diamond Head, travelled to Tahiti, hitchhiked across the face of Europe, then lived the life of an educated, working vagabond. I finally settled in California where I found…then later lost…a husband.
I worked for an amazing man who was a small animal veterinarian, a famous man who was an amazing thoroughbred racehorse trainer, and then a major newspaper. I bred and raced slow racehorses, ever hoping for a fast one. I was raised by my two children. Now that they are off to seek their fortunes, I am left to look back upon my life and see that it has fallen quite short of what I had imagined it would be. Most of the dreams are shattered or completely unrecognizable.
One of my fondest dream has been to tell the stories, meet out the wisdom, and paint the pictures of courage, beauty, love, tragedy, and cruelty in my poems and then give them to the world. If this one dream of all the dreams can now be fulfilled, perhaps I will find peace… ”
THE TIME OF STRANGENESS HAIKU
PANDEMIC INSPIRED TO KEEP SOMEONE SANE
Craig Allen Nelson
About the Book
In 2020, as the isolation of the worldwide pandemic spread, I explored ways to fill the empty space in my life by creating something positive that might also enrich the lives of others. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed sharing my photographs from all seven continents with friends, perhaps sometimes to their chagrin! Photography, and the simple structure of traditional Japanese Haiku, sparked my Pandemic Haiku flame; I attempted writing one, then continued to feed the fire and a new passion was born. During the “Time of Strangeness,” I posted over 100 Haiku with my photographs on social media, where the positive comments encouraged me to continue.
My fascination with the simple 5-7-5 syllabic structure of Haiku developed while teaching young children to read, most of whom enjoyed the puzzle-solving search for meaningful words with the correct number of syllables. Haiku usually contain a surprising twist in the third line; one that particularly intrigued the children was about a flying kite that when it fell to the ground was found to have no soul. I strived to include the unexpected in the third line of my Haiku.
About the Author
Craig Allen Nelson, PhD., is a retired Educator who lives in a very old house in St. Peter, MN, with his two cats, Henry and Charlie, and a perennial-filled garden that surprises him every year with its constantly shifting beauty. Having taught at all elementary school levels, as well as being an adjunct professor at three Minnesota universities teaching Creative Writing, and Pedagogy for Educators, he has also mentored many novice teachers, studied Gifted Childrens’ Education, and Future Studies.