poetry anthology

My Time: A Haiku Poem by Rebecca Johnstone

I'm delighted that my Haiku poem 'The Creative Cycle' was included in the recent Scottish Poetry Library and Voluntary Arts Scotland anthology 'My Time'.

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The call-out last year for people to respond with poetry to the theme of 'creativity' and how they spend their time really spoke to me as a creative person and writer. Last year was very busy for me and I didn't have a lot of 'spare' time, but I always try to do something creative each day. 

I would have liked to have sent off a longer piece, but a Haiku felt like the perfect balance of time and words:

Patterns mark my time

a kaleidoscope retreat

sketch, paint, stitch: repeat

I said with my response this piece was inspired by drawing and painting motifs to use when designing patterns, which is true, but I also like the idea of patterns as rhythms denoting and delineating my days, my hours, my life.

With a young baby to care for this is even more true for me at the moment, with the opportunity for dedicated creative time compressed and dictated by baby's naps and my own inclination. Time for us all is so precious.

I still draw and sketch, and watercolours are an accessible and easy way to get creative in fleeting moments. Words too create patterns and even the form of a Haiku poem is an unspoken rhythm.

It reminds me of my 100-days of Haiku 100-day project.

When I look back at those poems now, they are like a mini journal entry each day into my life right then. I love nothing more than documenting the things that are important to me, to capture them and remember them, but it's the tiny details of life that are important too.

When I was talking to a fellow writer recently about trying to 'capture' and remember these early days with my beautiful baby boy, she said something that really stuck with me:

You don't need to worry about remembering the important things, because if something is important, it will stay with you anyway

I love that. And it's so true!

I think I'm going to write more Haiku now...

*Finalist* Synaesthesia Magazine Poetry Competition '15 by daintydora

It's been a super-creative week all round for this magpie, but the icing on the cake with a huge golden cherry on top (laced with Amaretto, Brandy and a soupçon of Schnapps) is being named as a finalist in the Synaesthesia Magazine Poetry Competition 2015. I entered a mini-anthology of five poems, deliberating for quite some time over my theme, which poems to send, the placement of the words, the formatting.

My words on paper, written down, typed up, and now chosen anonymously to be one of only six finalists by the editors Carlotta and Annabelle, the final decision resting with guest judge Mark Cugini.

All at once I feel delighted, honoured, excited, nervous, special - chosen. But also like I'm already a winner for making this list. It means a lot to have my work recognised and the hours I spend alone honing my words to have stood out, made an impression to the point of being "read and re-read".

The criteria for the poems was exciting in itself:

We’re looking for collections with thought, honesty and power. We’ll look for lines and images we’ve never read before. We’re looking to be slammed hard by a wall of shit-hot poetic brilliance; something you know deserves attention, affection and an audience looking to be blown to smithereens. Blow our senses – we don’t mind the mess.

OK. Yes! Fingers crossed for the big-reveal in July.

I wish my five fellow finalists good luck and will let fate do the rest.

Sunlight shining on the beach