Open Letter to People Who Found My Blog Accidentally

Inspired by Amy at Lucy’s Football, I looked at searches that led readers to this blog. And oh boy, I had no idea what you all were looking for! My blog doesn’t get nearly as much traffic as hers, so I pulled up everything from the life of this blog—say, this spring when I transitioned to WordPress: Continue reading

Lantern Review on Kundiman

Iris Law and Henry W. Leung have great write-ups about their first Kundiman Retreat experience over at the Lantern Review blog. I sorely missed being there this summer, as my writing time has diminished since taking on this new full-time job. And interactions with such earnest, full-hearted poets is rare for me.

I know it may be hard for anyone who has not gone through the Kundiman experience to really understand the fierce love we all feel for one another. So for me, it’s touching that another round of new fellows have left feeling transformed, and energized.

Iris speaks to my experience directly when she writes: “Kundiman felt like a gift to me—as a writer, and as an Asian American-identified poet—not solely because of the writing I was able to do and the people that I met, but because I came away from the weekend feeling deeply nourished.”

Anyway, read the post. The photos are also really great.

Traveling Through the Haibun

Guest blogger and poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil ties together baking, babies, and a primer on haibun on the Ploughshares blog. I first learned about (and tried my hand at) the Japanese poetic form from her workshop during my first year at Kundiman. The unique hybrid of dreamy prose and haiku easily allows room for fantasy, emotion, and mystery. I have a long way to go before I am natural at it, though.

One of the first haibuns I wrote is based on a dream (actually all of the haibuns I have written are based on dreams): Continue reading