My name is Carolyn Crossley and I run a poetry blog on WordPress The Vixen Of Verse which I started in April 2020. I am a published and performance poet. My first novel is awaiting editing and my second novel is half-written. I have also written plays and monologues which I have had performed at Oldham Coliseum Studio Theatre and am a member of the Somerseat Players ©The Vixen of Verse, 2020
I have found the discipline of writing haiku daily has helped my mental well-being and has also helped my other writing by making every syllable in every word count. I have particularly enjoyed attending one of Amanda White’s wonderful haiku workshops on Zoom and Sébastien Revon’s fascinating series on TDH about famous haiku masters, not forgetting the great haiku film that was produced to mark 100 daily days of TDH
Haiku was always my least favourite form but now I love it. I like to work to The Daily Haiku’s daily and weekly themes. I think about the theme and jot a few notes down, words, phrases, what the theme makes me think of. Then I write the haiku to the 5/7/5 syllable form; as the haiku goes not only on TDH’s site but my blog I will look for a free picture to go with it.
I love the TDH site, the members come from all around the world and are a warm, friendly, inspiring and often comedic group of people.
This group have saved my sanity during the various lockdowns. It has given structure, fun, but also what I feel is a safe place to write about the more challenging themes we have had.
Two of my favourite haiku:
The Daily Haiku – 48th Theme, Trees 3
The tree outside my
window; shows me the seasons
in its buds and leaves.
©The Vixen of Verse, 2020.
The Daily Haiku – 77th Theme, Threshold/Faces
Not a day to cross
the threshold, thunder, hailstones.
Emulate the cats.
Carolyn Crossley ©12VixenOfVerse
Celebrating 100 days of THE DAILY HAIKU Film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8jNHxobyig&t=12s