Juicy bugs and other treats

 “juicy bugs” is 11×14, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on paper. The original has sold, but it is available as a card or print. Another card with the same art reads  “happy birthday, spring chicken.” ) Published on DailyHaiga, Nov. 16, 2014. © 2014 Annette Makino

“juicy bugs” is 11×14, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on paper. The original has sold, but it is available as a card or print. Another card with the same art reads “happy birthday, spring chicken.”) Published on DailyHaiga, Nov. 16, 2014. © 2014 Annette Makino

Happy Haiku Poetry Day! To celebrate, I’m sharing a selection of the haiku and senryu I’ve had published in the past year. (And if, like most people, you were taught that haiku in English need to follow the 5-7-5 syllable pattern, think again. On his Graceguts site, haiku poet Michael Dylan Welch explains why that is an urban myth, and the secrets of how to write good haiku.)

empty bowl
I explain daylight savings
to the dog

        Modern Haiku, Volume 46.1, Winter-Spring 2015

eye exam
in the dark he compliments
my retinas

The Heron’s Nest, XVI:4, Dec. 2014

solo hike
slowly catching up
to myself

Something Out of Nothing: 75 Haiga, Ion Codrescu, Red Moon Press, 2014

early retirement
all through the house
his whistling

Prune Juice, Issue 13, July 2014

so many wishes
the weight
of a dandelion

A Hundred Gourds, 3:4, Sept. 2014; reprinted in HSA Members Anthology 2014

cloud sun cloud my restless shadow

Frogpond 36:1 (Winter 2013); reprinted in A VAST SKY: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, edited by Bruce Ross et al, Tancho Press, 2015

robin song
yes and yes and yes
to all this

haiga in Haigaonline (December 2013); reprinted in The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku, Ed. Robert Epstein, CreateSpace, 2014

 Artist Annette Makino paints flowers in her studio in Arcata, California using sumi ink and gansai paint, or Japanese watercolors.

Artist Annette Makino paints flowers in her studio in Arcata, California using sumi ink and gansai paint, or Japanese watercolors.

constellations
the names of all
our ancestors

A Hundred Gourds, 3:4, Sept. 2014

upturned faces
in the dusty riverbed
rain darkens stones

Frogpond, Issue 38.1, Winter 2014-15

high summer
a branch of the peach tree
propped up with stakes

A Hundred Gourds, 4.1, Dec. 2014

the skipping stone
all the way across . . .
end of summer

Modern Haiku, Volume 46.1, Winter-Spring 2015

evening stars . . .
one by one counting
our blessings

A Hundred Gourds, Issue 4:2, March 2015

warmly, Annette Makino

Makino Studios News

Wet Paint: I have been painting away in my studio, and am excited to share all the new paintings and card designs. The cards are now making their way into stores from Oregon to Washington, DC, and I’ll soon make them available online. Please email me if you’d like a catalog.

North Coast Open Studios: For Open Studios, silk painter Tina Gleave and I will be at Ramone’s in Old Town Eureka, California for Weekend 1 only, 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7. We’ll be showing our newest work, demoing our tools, and selling cards and prints.

Art Show at Ramone’s: Piggybacking on our Open Studios event, Tina and I will have our work up at Ramone’s through the month of June, with an opening during Arts Alive on Saturday, June 6, 6-9 p.m.

Bee Fest Humboldt: I’ll have cards and prints at this fun, free event celebrating bees, alongside Rabia O’Loren’s famous honey nut cakes and other goodies. The main event is Saturday, May 9, 9:30-5 at the Bayside Grange in Bayside, California.

Connecting: For previous posts, see the Makino Studios Blog. You can also get news, fresh art and haiku on my Makino Studios Facebook page and my Twitter feed.