Appalachians whose knees am I kneeling on

artwork by Aubrie Cox


A Hundred Gourds 1.2, March 2012



May I direct you to Aubrie Cox’s collaborative Doodleku project? This month she’s posting one of her doodles (see above for example) every day on her blog, Yay Words!, and inviting poetic responses from her readers. And here I thought I would be free of obligatory daily poetry after the official NaHaiWriMo month ended. Ha. You are never free of obligatory daily poetry. Just so you know.


7 thoughts on “(Appalachians)

  1. What a coincidence… I just received “Border Crossings” by Ian Marshall “Walking the Haiku Path on the International Appalachian Trail”… A lot of people here in the north east don’t even realize they live in the Appalachian Mountain range…. It’s a diverse and fascinating place… and I can’t wait to read this book… so it looks like I’ll be kneeling on Ian’s knees for a while.

    page one
    the backpack heavier
    than expected

    This book surely is much denser than I expected… it’s mostly prose … a travel dialogue along the way.

    • Hi Merrill–
      Growing up in northwestern CT I was very aware of living in the Appalachians — I still miss those mountains! I hadn’t heard of Ian’s new book but I very much enjoyed his Walden book so I’ll have to look for this one. When we were younger my husband and I often talked about hiking the trail. You never know, I may still do it…

      Great senryu to accompany the book!

      • The publisher is Hiraeth Press…. for information write to “Special Markets/ Hiraeth Press/ P O Box 1442/ Pawcatuck, CT 06379-1968” …. He starts his journey in Maine and goes up to Quebec… The intro is by Michael Dylan Welch.
        I think it will be a good book to pick up and read for a page or two every night before turning in. It’s 276 pages, with a glossary and reading notes added. Enjoy. I’ll look and see if I can find you an e-mail address.

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