Wednesday, November 30, 2016

brass bell haiku includes haiku by Glenn Ingersoll

Brass Bell Haiku is a haiku ezine formatted like a blog. Editor Zee Zahava publishes a new issue every month or so. Zahava announces a theme then chooses from what is sent her. She never publishes more than one haiku per poet. I think she may publish one haiku by every poet who offers work; if so, she has a pretty high calibre of contributor. 

I got my first haiku in brass bell in 2015’s November issue on the theme “Morning”:

I wash my morning bowl over last night's dishes


The theme for the May 2016 issue was “Small Things” and included this one of mine:

the huge black bee
comes back in the window
I didn't close


The September 2016 issue was “Kitchen” and included this one by me:

sweeping broken bowl into cracked dustpan


Each of the above haiku were written after Zahava’s call for poems. I did also send along poems written at other times, but she only was going to include one, and the one she chose was one that happened to be fresh. The theme for the October 2016 issue, on the other hand, was all about  freshness. The theme: “September 22, 2016,” that is, the haiku had to have been written on that date. Here Zehava picked:

back from vacation
a voicemail message
what's my password

I have a haiku in the next issue, which will be posting on December 1st, I believe. The theme is “Homeplace.” I will give her first dibs on exposing the ‘ku to the world. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Futures Trading 4.2 contains two poems by Glenn Ingersoll

The literary ezine Futures Trading 4.2 includes two of my poems, “The Idea” and “Because a man stood up for human rights!”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ivanka Trump for Supreme Court

Respectfully submitted to President-elect Donald J. Trump:

9 reasons for nominating to the Supreme Court Ivanka Trump!

1) Because Ivanka is a woman. You just beat a woman in the election so women are feeling a little tetchy. If you nominate a woman to the Supreme Court you will get a lot of credit. Women will love you. She is post-feminist, that is, nobody will use the word feminist around her but everyone will clearly see that she is a strong, independent woman, which will show up the feminists. Women will love you
2) Because you trust Ivanka. You don’t want to pick some old dude from a list pushed in your face by people who claim to know better. You want somebody who will treat your concerns seriously in the context of the present, not somebody who has some inflexible ideology to push. Who knows what business you will have before the Supreme Court? Best to get someone there you have no doubts about.

3) Because Ivanka is smart. Ivanka graduated cum laude from the Wharton School. She will be able to talk to the old farts on the Supreme Court and talk back to lawyers who think they can put something past her.

4) Because Ivanka is post-partisan. Like Obama, but blonde and more right. She has thrown fundraisers for both Republican and Democratic candidates. Ivanka is friends with Chelsea, as everyone knows. Ivanka will garner support from both sides of this divided nation. 

5) Because Ivanka is beautiful. You will be looking right down at the Supreme Court justices when you give your state of the union address and you know how ugly they are. Imagine what a relief it will be to see that bright face, even with its natural wattage dimmed slightly to emphasize the importance of the occasion. 

6) Because Ivanka is young. You need to cement your legacy. If you choose some old dude he will croak in just a few decades. Ivanka, being female and young, will outlast any other Supreme Court pick. You want somebody on the court who can watch out for your interests far into the future. Besides, it can’t hurt to elevate a member of the Millennials, the largest generation since the Baby Boom. Young people will love you for it. 

7) Because this pick is transformative. Your supporters want you to drain the swamp. They want you to shake things up. When George W. tried to nominate that old lady in his pocket, Harriet Miers, the Senate Republicans wouldn’t even give her a hearing. But you ran against that sort of high-and-mighty think-they-know-better stuff. Just remind Mitch McConnell that you won the election and you have a mandate and didn’t he notice that the Republicans actually lost seats in the Senate so he needs to back a winner. This is a real winner. Ivanka is not beholden to old Washington and ivy league elites; she’s not up to her waist in the Washington mire. Ivanka is clean. Very clean and shiny. 

8) Because Ivanka is Jewish. There are enough Catholics on the Supreme Court already. 

9) Because you know it’s a great idea. You pride yourself on finding the best people. There could be no one better than Ivanka Trump for the Supreme Court. 

Friday, January 01, 2016

Published Poems 2015

poem: a haiku
whole poem: “sun on one ear / tuning the / ukulele”
written: TBD
publication: tiny words, issue 15.1, 14 April 2015
editors: Kathe Palka & Peter Newton
some other contributors: Billy Collins, Michael Dylan Welch, Dave Read, Don Wentworth

poem: five haiku
poem one first line: “at Rose & Spruce / the STOP sign”
poem two first line: “with a knife / you could dig another heart”
poem three first line: “raven croak / touch of class”
poem four first line: “bush daisies / lemons”
poem five first line: “sun behind his head”
written: TBD
publication: Berkeley Times, vol.5 no.19, Aug 13, 2015
PO Box 559
Berkeley CA 94701
editor: R. Todd Kerr
some other contributors: Alan Bern, Mary C. McCarthy, Julia Vinograd, Sharon Coleman

poem: a one-line morning haiku 
whole poem: “I wash my morning bowl over last night's dishes”
written: 2015
publication: Brass Bell: a haiku journal, 01 November 2015
editor: Zee Zahava
some other contributors: Alan Bern, Alan Catlin, Dave Read, Ana Drobot

poem: a haiku
first line: “a little bitter”
written: 2015
publication: Hedgerow: a journal of small poems, no. 55, Nov 13, 2015
editor: Caroline Skanne
some other contributors: Anna Cates, Christine L. Villa, Ken Sawitri, Sabine Miller

[This post will be continuously updated until I have organized my archives and the list is complete. I will be creating a separate blog post for each year. Contact information for publications is for historical purposes only.]