Thursday, December 12, 2019

Poetry Friday: H is For Haiku

Welcome to Poetry Friday! This week's round up is hosted by Elizabeth Steinglass. When you've finished here, be sure to click over to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness.




This week, I had the pleasure of reading H is For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg. Though Sydell Rosenberg is no longer with us, her daughter, Amy Losak, gathered Ms. Rosenberg's poems into an anthology. The anthology was published by Penny Candy Books in 2018, and lucky for us, Ms. Rosenberg's work lives on for all of us to read and enjoy.

This book introduces young readers to the Japanese form of poetry, haiku. It includes helpful notes by both the author and her daughter. The author had an eye for seeing the poetry in everyday experiences. Her work encourages readers to slow down and pay attention to the world around them. This anthology is a lovely introduction to haiku and a superb addition to any poetry bookshelf. Below, are a few of my favorite moments that Ms. Rosenberg's words and Ms. Chalabi's illustrations captured so beautifully.

Holding umbrellas
Children like rows of mushrooms
Glisten in the rain


Neon wings of moth
Exploding into headlights
On a country road


See what I mean? Those little/big moments are captured so vividly.

Hi For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku From A to Z
Written by Sydell Rosenberg
Illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi
Published by Penny Candy Books
40 Pages
ISBN: 0998799971

In other news this week, I contributed a writing workout to the Teaching Author's blog.
Also, in STEAM Powered Poetry news, Heidi and I are looking for a high school senior or college class that would be willing to create 1-minute videos for our poetry vlog. Cash prizes are awarded for the best, and all videos of good quality will be published. If you teach a high school or college class and think you might want to participate, please email me at kimberlyhutmacher at gmail dot com as soon as possible. This would be a great class project leading up to National Poetry Month, and we would love to work with your group.

25 comments:

  1. I so love the look of this book - and you've shared fantastic samples of the work within. Thank-you. :)

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  2. H is for Haiku is a delightful book. I love it. It leaves any "fussiness" of poetry out and brings joy and wonder in. I also so enjoyed your interview! Last night I was choosing articles from the science links shared to get started on writing a science poem. I tend to be intimidated by writing science poems...as my inner editor reminds me, "you're not a scientist." But, your interview gave me permission to write science anyway! Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I hope you'll share your science poems on an upcoming poetry Friday. I would love to read them.

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  3. It is a beautiful book and lovely that Amy gathered her mother's poems. I'll look for your workout, Kimberly. I haven't read many posts this week, so busy.

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  4. Oh those little/big moments... a feast for we poets, for sure! I'm sure you will find takers for your vlog -- sounds like a fabulous project. xo

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  5. Thanks for reminding me about this book. The mushroom haiku is probably my favorite :).

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  6. That sounds like such a great book!

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  7. Thanks for introducing me to Sydell's collection of haiku; I can't wait to read it! AND I thoroughly enjoyed your writing exercise featured on TEACHING AUTHORS blog. Way to rock it, Kim!

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  8. Kim, I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book. The umbrella haiku is masterful - umbrellas and mushrooms! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of the poems.

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  9. Kimberly, I really like this book of Haikus that I reviewed for Amy. The haiku on the umbrella was very clever. I read through the guest blog interview that was great. Congratulations.

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  10. I have heard so many good things about H is for Haiku. I need to get a copy for myself. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it.

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  11. H is for Haiku is a favorite of mine, as it's my fave poetic form. My Kindergarten writers are working on mastering their syllable knowledge so they may flex their haiku muscles later this winter/spring!

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    1. That's wonderful, Christie. I hope you'll share their endeavors in a future poetry Friday post.

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  12. Love this book and the examples you've chosen. Your STEAM Powered news is very interesting to this other Heidi!

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  13. The haiku you share have vibrant imagery, Kimberly. Beautiful! Having students make poetry videos is a great idea.

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  14. Isn't this a marvelous haiku book, I have it, and have shared it with poetry and art workshops I've taught–thanks for sharing it here Kimberly! Loved your interview on "Teaching Authors" Kimberly, and your book sounds wonderful, thanks!

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