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Pluto Flyby

I've always loved Pluto, and to quote one of my facebook friends, it apparently loves us:

(photo courtesy of NASA)

the years
between us
Pluto flyby

- Deborah P Kolodji

One of my favorite poems that I've written about Pluto comes from 1997, "Pluto Waltzes," which was originally published in Tales of the Unanticipated #17 (winter 1997)

Pluto Waltzes

at the edge partnered in eccentricity
embracing a moon-spouse in the icy darkness
twirling oddball lovers oblivious
to the natural turnings of the universe
dancing out of step, leaning askew
hearing the flutes of a minuet
while the solar system fox trots

to tunes of terrestrial worlds & gas giants.
Being neither, two faces eternally locked
whirling a two hundred and forty-eight year old
dance tour & as heat increases, steamy
endearments become enveloping methane clouds
bubbling with nitrogen before do-si-do-ing
into the winter of atmospheric snowfall.

- Deborah P Kolodji
Tales of the Unanticipated #17
Winter 1997
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5 day Poetry Challenge

Recently, there's been a 5 day poetry challenge going around Facebook.

Both Greg Longenecker, who is in the latest New Resonance anthology from Red Moon Press and who edited our local haiku anthology for three years, and Susan Burch, a haiku poet who recently discovered scifaiku, challenged me to post a haiku a day for five days.

I read through some of my published haiku and came up with the following selection:

Day 1:

thistles in bloom
Grandmother's needle
threaded with purple

from World Haiku Review 2-2, Summer 2002

Day 2:

just me
and a watercolor sea
beach primrose

from Geppo, Sept/Oct 2010
2nd Place, Asilomar kukai

Day 3:

our footprints
on separate beaches
the pull of tides

from This World, 2013 HSA Anthology

Day 4:

another coffee break
by the bird feeder

from Frogpond 36:2, 2013

Day 5:

morning glory vines
a coil of barbed wire
on the fence top

from Altadena Poetry Review, Anthology 2015

All haiku (c) Deborah P Kolodji
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Poetry Corner on ColoradoBoulevard.Net

ColoradonBoulevard.Net, which features local news about Pasadena, has a Poetry Corner edited by Kathabela Wilson.

Today's poetry corner is on the theme of "strolling Pasadena," and includes a tanka by me about the pink line in the center of Colorado Boulevard.

For my friends who have never been in Pasadena, this pink line stretches the length of the Rose Parade route and is used to guide the floats down the street.  It actually starts on Orange Grove, turns on Colorado Boulevard and then turns on Sierra Madre Boulevard.   There are also blue lines which indicate how far the crowd can stand on the street, once the traffic has been blocked off, but I digress...

This proves that you can write a poem about anything, even a pink line in the middle of the street.

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2 scifaiku at Grievous Angel

Two of my scifaiku are in the latest issue of Grievous Angel.

Susan Burch introduced me to this journal, which pays pro rates. She had contacted me with questions regarding scifaiku and just talking about scifaiku after all these years of not writing it inspired me to write a series of scifaiku that ended up here, at Eye to the Telescope, and Star*Line.

In short, I've written more scifaiku in 2015 than in 2012, 2013, and 2014 combined.
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tanka in the Gardena Valley News

The Gardena Valley News published a series of tanka written by local Tanoshi Tanka Group members about our earliest memories. My tanka about the day my parents brought my baby sister home from the hospital is a real memory. I remember climbing up the fireplace bricks to grab on to the mantle to look over the curtains. Today, when I go to my Mom's house and look at the fireplace it is so weird to reconcile its height (it is shorter than my adult height) with my memory of looking up and trying so hard to reach the mantle.

not allowed
to touch the curtains
I climb the fire place bricks
for the first glimpse
of my baby sister

- Deborah P Kolodji

Tanoshi Tanka is led by Genie Nakano and meets at the Garden Japanese Cultural Institute on the 3rd Thursday of the month, starting at 7:00 p.m.   The address is 1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA  90247