Happy vernal equinox, all!
“I Doodle, You ‘Ku” is closing in on its last week and a half. It’s been a blast and I’ve been enjoying all the wonderful poems. I’m a greedy person and want to keep the fun rolling, and there are not nearly enough good fox poems in the world. I’ve also admired poets who can write in forms that rely on concrete imagery and still effectively tie in something as abstract as dreams. And because I like mashing two prompts together, I’m inviting you (or challenging, or begging and pleading…) to write about either/or.
Although I had planned to originally do this in March, I read that the Inari Matsuri Festival (see some nice background at the World Kigo Database) is April 22nd this year, so it seemed more fitting to put it off, which seems to have worked well in the end!
I will take small poems until Friday, April 20th about foxes and/or dreams. As I have with other projects, I will take up to 5, and you’re guaranteed at least one poem just for sending me something!
Theme/What to write about: Foxes and/or dreams.
What form: Haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, gogyōka, renku, haibun, haiga (doodles most welcome!), small stones, etc.
How many: As many as you want! I will take as many as 5 and no less than 1.
When: Send them in by Friday, April 20th (I will wait until the whole world has reached the 20th); I will post a PDF on this blog on April 22nd.
Where to send: Either leave a comment to this post or send an email to aubriecox [at] gmail [dot] com! If you email, put “FOX DREAMS” in the subject line, if you please.
Other important stuff: Things you should keep in mind/include:
• Most journals will consider these works published
• If your work is already published, include the publishing credits (it’s kind of important and a nice thing to do)
• You, as the writer/artist/poet/etc, retain the rights to you work before and after it appears on my blog/in the PDF.
• If you want me to link back, please send along the name and link of your blog/Twitter account/website/etc! Also, make sure your have your name listed as you would like for it to appear.
95 thoughts on “Here We Go Again”
coming around the barn
me and the fox
Fun! Jerry, do you have a site or anything that you’d like for me to link back to?
Great! Thanks, Alan.
count me aubrie! pamela
I’ll have something for you soon (so appealing to me now). In the meantime, if you have a bit of time, I’ve written something related to this challenge. I would love it if you would consider reading through it. It will eventually transform into a prose version (better suited and easier to read, I think), but it will still retain the haiku and tanka. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the story, the writing, and anything else.
Reblogged this on Shiteki Na Usagi and commented:
I am reblogging this as much for myself as others. Anyone interested in haiku or other short forms, foxes and/or dreams, or just an excuse to write… be sure and check it out. The deadline is April 20th, so there is time enough to enjoy.
Thanks so much for the plug! ❤
You are more than welcome. I’m looking forward to it and didn’t want to forget it (which is why I posted it). Sad how many deadlines I let slip by. You’d think I was busy or something. 😉
i think i’ll give this a try.thanks
the wind-shifting scent
I never heard of thunder snow let alone experience it:
By the way, I enjoyed your haiku…
It was during my six month residency as a lead poet and originator of the 1000 verse renga for the City of Hull. Boy, did we have baaaaaaad weather, which I adored. Nothing stopped me getting to that amazing city.
Thundersnow in Hull:
That’s not smoke; that’s well-lit snow!
dusk settles on the red fox
blue sky the paws of the arctic fox grow larger
a red fox laps up
Martin I’d for sure like to take “autumn lake” for now!
Sorry, I forgot…
the dark of the fox’s yawn
St Pancras station
John Betjeman’s waistcoat
dreams of a last train
Last three re dream theme:
I learn to swordfight
dreaming into the morning
of cooking omelettes
just you, Great Auk
sunlight inches down the bedroom chair winter dream
noon ice reverie
a branch encased in light
honored to be
a safe place for a time
Quite sure I’ve never written a fox haiku but see what happens out here in the blogisphere, you start breathing the air and getting all sorts of new ideas . . .
There’s no time like the present. 😉
rain glitters through bright sun
fox wedding daydream
(first for me)
Lovely! I gladly take it (I waited because you said first, but never saw any others.) Would you like your name to appear as “Yousei Hime”?
Yes, that’s fine. I had grand plans, and faded out. I’ll try to get in something else before your deadline. Enjoying watching what has trickled in, as I’m sure you are as well.
the taste of snow
through ice holes
the blue glow from the berg
Not sure if a sequence would fit in but anyway, each tanka can stand alone, I think. Thanks a lot for this wonderful space, really a great opportunity to write, share and be read!
fox moon (tanka sequence for fox and dreams)
must it always be
that draws your anguish
so feared so misunderstood?
on thawing banks the tracts
you left for me
as if I’ve lost you in
the moon’s shifting moods
the midnight wind sends
always you miss my whispers
shushing your longings
in dappled shadows
the fire burns in your eyes
singes rustling leaves
you step in the moonlight
where we lay down your embers
come out of hiding
what greater fate is there
than for us to bare our desires
we live for this and this alone
Alegria, I would love to include this sequence–I gladly accept it! The nice thing about electronic is you can make it fit. 😉
And thank you for your kind words! I love having everyone here!
Oh, thanks so much, Aubrie! I’m so thrilled and honored. I started with a haiku but it just kept going…I’m enjoying your doodles, too, and hope to go back to doodle one. Thanks again!
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Just leaving a note to say I’ll make all final decisions about poems posted in the comments closer to the deadline (since I know some people may decide to come back and write more over the next couple weeks). So if you haven’t heard back, don’t worry! 🙂
I have five for you…I think they’re tanka, with the 7,5,7,5,7,7 scheme. I’m not all that great at sticking to one form, so this was a helpful exercise in discipline. 😛
Thank you for giving me a chance to write about one of my favorite subjects! 🙂
Oops…forgot the name. Either “Kyotzeta” or “KC Sloan” will do just fine.
the red head fluffs
Susan, I’ll take this one! What would think of making “red head” one word?
sounds good to me. thanks!
the playful persistence
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will work on mine Monday.
“in your dreams, bub,”
that look she gives me
before i even have
it really isn’t
a dream after all
this rainless day
two lonely guys
Johnny, I’ll take the pub crawl one!
You got it Aubrie!
I wasn’t sure if you accepted any of my foxy ku, so here’s a published one of mine:
a fox makes prints
for the morning
Publications credits: Icebox, Hailstone Haiku Circle Japan (2010); a little help from my friends (Red Dragonfly ePamphlet 2011); The Haiku Calendar 2012 (Snapshot Press)
Runner Up, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 (Snapshot Press)
Dru Marland did an incredible artwork off the back of my haiku:
Alan, I’m definitely taking the thunder snow ‘ku. And ah! This one. I must have this one. 😉
That artwork by Dru is gorgeous.
Wow on all three counts!
Dru will be thrilled. She’s a genius but modest at the same time.
Do you think Dru would allow for me to use it?
I will ask her. I think she let me use the image for a project but liked it so much she printed greeting cards herself. 🙂
I’ll ask formally, and email you. 🙂
Dru is very happy for the artwork to go into the ebook. All she needs is her name and URL to her blog:
She has a cracking haiku that I think is perfect. I’ll see if she will post it herself first. 🙂
Great! Of course I’ll include her and her blog~.
things lost in the move
a fox trots off
with its kill
Love it! Gladly will take it.
Hi Aubs, here are a few dream-ku. No fox poems yet, that wiley bugger is evading me!
an hour lost
his name remembered
in a dream
in my dream
birds with binoculars
watch me fly
(may need to doodle that last one!)
Terri, I’ll take the delta-waves one! 🙂
(And yes, you do need to doodle that last one.)
mother’s rascals chase under azaleas — fox kits
two wily candidates
on the Fox Network
Hi Aubrie, I just emailed you five of my own! I hope something fits! :-))
Remember to sanitize your keyboard and mouse more often. Also, I think a good title would be “The Fantastic Ms. Cox.”
the beagle chases
Yes! I’ll take this as well. Too cute.
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coy fox on the wall
cardinal in the tree above,
-a red letter day
Red fox by water,
seeing double in my dreams
Kris, this one has a lot of charm to it—I especially like the “seeing double” part. The “quiet camouflage,” however, doesn’t seem to fit into the overall poem.
I know you write a lot of 5-7-5, but how would you feel breaking from that to have something like…
red fox by the water
in my dreams
Let me know!
Hi Aubrie…that works…when I was researching photos for inspiration about the fox in order to write, I saw a fox by the water in the flora seeing it’s reflection and it was in a sense like a camouflage…but what you wrote works well…thanks for being in contact
Great! I’ll be sure to include it. I’ll make sure to link to your blog as well, unless you have another website/blog/account you’d prefer me to link back to instead.
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Hi! Would this apply? I posted this a couple of months ago on one of my blogs “Ichigo Ichie” along with the photo. Here is the haiku and link to the posting/photo:
Thriving on a carousel
Here’s another haiku:
Children splash in
Puddles of aspiration
Thawed dreams restored
Fergiemoto, thanks for the comments!
While these do both include dreams in them, they’re trying a little hard for haiku. This second one definitely has some potential. I like that it has two parts and there is the very concrete aspect of children splashing in puddles.
I wonder though–do the puddles need to be anything other than puddles? Part of the haiku aesthetic is to capture concrete things as they are, because part of the beauty is that thing as is. Also, how do we thaw dreams? I actually really like the phrase “thawed dreams” but the line as a whole feels like your asking the reader to decode the puzzle, which is the antithesis of the form.
Could you perhaps try to revise this poem? I’d love to include you!
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Whoops, did I miss it?
I’ve had this conversation
in a dream
You didn’t miss it! Lovely poem and glad to have it!
I never knew
of haiku prompts
a fox on a swing
with fox-like stealth
stalks his toy mouse
in the clouds
view from the hot tub
Daphne, I’ll take the first one!
the forgotten melt
of iced tea
from within my hands
a note to say I miss you
I thought I knew
about cunning foxes
was once from
Wile E. Coyote
stale scent of honeysuckles
from my tongue
Hope you find these to your liking, Aubrie! It’s still Friday, April 20th where I am, so I hope I’m not late!
Kathy, not too late at all! I’m still awake and working away, and as you noted, it’s still Friday. Waiting for the whole world to catch up. 😉
I’d love to use this one:
the forgotten melt
of iced tea
from within my hands
a note to say I miss you
Thanks so much, Aubrie! I love how you come up with these contrasting themes, and I love reading how people respond to them. Look forward to the finished showcase! 🙂