Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Haiku #7: jazz guitar

Today is my wedding anniversary! And this month, for the second year in a row, a photo haiku that I worked on together with my husband, Jonathan Montgomery Pollock, was selected for recognition on the show Haiku Masters on NHK World! This time, I was named Runner-Up for Haiku Master of the Month! Jonathan both inspired the haiku below and took the moving photo that comprise our winning submission, which is viewable at the website's Gallery now with accompanying video and judges' commentary. As with last year, I didn't tell Jonathan I was submitting our work so that I would (hopefully) be able to surprise him with a special Happy Anniversary gift. Here's to another year of challenges, joys, and successes behind us, and a new year of hopes and dreams ahead:

jazz guitar
in his hands
veins of deepest blue

Taken in Chinatown in Chicago, Illinois.
Photo by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock.

"jazz guitar," copyright 2018 Amelia Cotter

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Haibun #1: Honeymoon

In celebration of my and Jonathan's wedding anniversary this month, and so much more:


When I sense the disquiet turning all the way up, he reminds me, "There's a reason you survived cancer. There's a reason I survived drinking."

tussock grass…
the lives of lizards

"Honeymoon," copyright 2018 Amelia Cotter (first published in Frogpond 40.1, 2017)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Haiku #6: April showers

April is National Poetry Month and today is International Haiku Poetry Day!:

April showers
our rain boots
covered in snow

"April showers," copyright 2018 Amelia Cotter (first published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2015, 2015)