I am a published Poet and Creative Writing for Wellbeing Practitioner living on the seafront in a small town in North Wales. I am inspired by my beautiful surroundings and wildlife, and I enjoy sea swimming all year round. Read about my experience in the article 'Taking the Plunge.' https://issuu.com/northwalesmagazine/docs/nwm_april_2021
I am really enjoying my experiments with video for poetry. As I’m an oldie, the most difficult part is dealing with technology. So this video haiga* was the second thing I submitted and here it is being read by the lovely Patricia of Poetry Pea.
*Haiga is the bringing together of haiku or senryū with art work. The poem shoudn’t describe the art, and the art mustn’t be a direct interpretation of the poem but there should be a subtle resonance. I hope I have achieved that.
He found the remains whilst walking the dog after the storm. The dog, eager to be out now that the weather had improved, pulled him away from the pathway toward the brook. High winds had partially uprooted the old tree causing the bank to crumble, exposing roots, pebbles, and part of a human skull and upper arm clad in the thready remains of the familiar shirt. He stumbled home remembering Grandmother’s grief when Grandfather disappeared all those years ago and wondered why he had to be the one to find him so close to home.
Sometimes I write also write microfiction. This ultra-short story was written in response to the visual prompt below This intriguing photo was posted by Visual Verse, an online Anthology who post a new prompt every month.
SLIPPING OUT FOR AIR
When she said she was just slipping out for air, she had no idea that she would completely slip away from herself.
The first time it happened her family hunted for her for days. When she eventually returned, she was surprised to see posters on lampposts offering a reward for her safe return.
The police were annoyed that she couldn’t or wouldn’t give a lucid account of where she had been. Eventually a psychiatrist was called, who explained it away as some kind of fugue state. When his questions got too much for her she felt herself disappearing again.
It wasn’t long before she realised that she could come and go at will, and that casual statements like ‘Darling, I’m just going to put the cat out,’ could make her husband anxious. What he didn’t know though, was that this time, she was taking the cat with her and that they would not be coming back.
Ekphrastic poetry is quite simply a poem that is written in response to a painting, photo, or 3D work of art. It is not merely a description of what’s depicted but it’s an idea that is generated by the picture.
This was my response to the photo prompt by Mariette McGregor, an accomplished haiku poet from Australia which was published in Haiku Dialogue at The Haiku Foundation.
Today I am sharing one of my early contemporary haiku which was translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu for his great NeverEnding Story blog in 2016. This poem is a nod to a very well know poem, see Chen-ou’s comment following the poem to learn more.
Chen-ou is an excellent poet, editor and publisher of contemporary haiku and tanka. Do take the time to follow the link and take time to read his and other poets work.
If you have ever seen a Japanese brush painting or print with one line of writing down the side, (Japanese is written from the top to the bottom of the page,) then you have almost certainly seen haiku as it was originally written. They are unpunctuated, leaving the reader to place the emphasis where they wish, there may be more than one possibility. This makes the reader an active participant in interpreting the meaning. Here is one of my one line haiku published in our home grown ‘Wales Haiku Journal’ edited by Paul Chambers.
This is about my passion, wild swimming. I live on the seafront of a small town in North Wales and I swim all year round. I love watching the local wildlife and taking photos with my waterproof camera. Photos will follow soon.
So it’s July already, the beginning of the second part of the year and I have been procrastinating for long enough. I have had quite a lot of poetry and some microfiction published over the years but I’ve never posted it all in one place, so I plan to start posting here regularly till I catch up.
Here is my haiku as it appeared in the excellent online bilingual journal Cryanthemum.
Something I recently tried for the first time was writing Rengay at Sherry Grant’s Rengay Workshop at the American Haiku Societies amazing conference. I went into a breakout room with some other participants and later I completed this Rengay with Maxianne Berger.
by Maxianne Berger (Outremont, Quebec, Canada) and Karen Harvey, (Pwllheli, Wales, UK)
I am a haiku poet, poet, flash fiction writer and Writing for Wellbeing Practitioner.
I have lead a creative writing for wellbeing group in Pwllheli called Heli Writers since 2010. When I heard about World Collage Day last year I mentioned it to the group and we decided to have a cut and paste session which we playfully called ‘Sticku,’ just think haiku with glue. The name has stuck.
Poetry prompts will be left on beaches on Llyn Peninsular, North Wales. If finders wish to participle please get back to me with a few words of your own (poetic or otherwise,) a photo of the place you found it.
An invitation to my ‘Painting with Words’ creative writing workshop this Wednesday (28th) at the Indoor Market, Cardiff Road, Pwllheli at 2pm. Never written before? No problem, new and experienced writers are welcome to come play with words. £10 – soft drinks included.
Note: We will have the whole place to ourselves. This venue is wheelchair accessible and has a disabled toilet.