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Monday, July 8, 2013

I Quote, You 'Ku - Day 8

"That's where writing comes in. It is necessary for the survival of my haughty sanity as bread is to my flesh."

~Sylvia Plath, Journals, September, 1951.

Your challenge is to write a haiku or tanka (or choose one of your previously published works) that has a connection with the themes/feelings/images of the above quote, without just restating what has appeared in the text, to create a haibun. Play around with it and see what you come up with. Enjoy!

Click here for the first post on how I Quote, You 'Ku works. Every poet who posts a poem this month will be entered into the draw to win a copy of A New Resonance 8.


  1. sunrise––
    morning breeze recites

  2. keeping away
    the ghosts and pain
    with a pen

  3. My eyes swallow words
    My ears swallow even more
    gorged, I vomit poems.

  4. July 8: bread

    hot fresh from the oven
    melted butter
    fig jam crowns the poem

    Gary Blankenship

  5. A haiku from Sondra J. Byrnes:

    notebook rises and falls—
    if i could breathe

    Sorry you had trouble posting, Sondra!
    I've added your name to the book draw. :-)

  6. spring morning
    a coffee cup ring
    frames my poem