December has been an exciting month for my writerly life: I received notification of acceptance of two pieces for publication in 2019. A personal essay entitled SECOND CHANCE will be published by the Round Table Literary Journal in April, and a small collection of haiku poems entitled NORDIC IMPRESSIONS will be published in the 2019 Redwood Writers Poetry Anthology.
Here’s a haiku from NORDIC IMPRESSIONS:
Family biking in Copenhagen
Dad presses pedals as
mom and two kids in front box
toss waves at friends
These poems were all composed on a new iPhone app for creating Haiku poetry called Maiku. It was the perfect tool for capturing scenes and impressions of my journey through Scandinavia–Sweden, Denmark, & Norway–in Fall 2018.
Here are a few photos from my Nordic journey:
SECOND CHANCE tells the story of my mother, who in 1965 at age forty and eight months pregnant with her sixth child, quits her secretarial job and with quiet determination pursues a college degree after years of scraping by since the failure of our Wyoming ranch in 1957. During my freshman year of college that spring of ’65, I convinced my mom to take the risk, certain a college education would get her and our family on a sounder economic footing.