Poetry Friday: Autumn inspiration (haiku)

Once again, I need to thank children’s author/poet Laura Purdie Salas for proving the inspiration I needed for a Poetry Friday post!

At Laura’s blog, she regularly shares a poetry prompt feature she calls “15 Words or Less,” in which she posts a picture and solicits short poems from readers, using 15 words or less. With all the hub-bub surrounding Flashlight Night lately, I hadn’t had the time to think about what I was going to post today…but then I came upon Laura’s latest post, and BOOM:  I had two haiku written for her blog and for mine!

One of the haiku I really liked, and tweaked a bit after posting it on her blog. Here’s the photo she shared yesterday, followed by my haiku:

(photo courtesy Laura Purdie Salas, used with permission)

non-consuming fire,
autumn phenomenon stuns;
Nature’s burning bush

– © 2017, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

Inspiration is not the only thing you’ll find at Laura’s blog; today, you’ll also find the Poetry Friday roundup, along with her review of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s new poetry collection, Read! Read! Read! (Boyds Mills Press), which I featured here last week!

(Oh, and get ready:  “Poetry…Cubed!” returns next Friday, with an opportunity for you to win a signed copy of “Flashlight Night!”)

Book signings/readings/appearances:

Wow, is it really almost Saturday? I’m looking forward being part of the local Barnes & Noble Author Event tomorrow, to benefit the Manchester (NH) Library! In fact, I’m visiting a number of bookstores in the New Hampshire area, and while I have the list nailed down, some times and venues are still being worked on.

Here’s what I know, so far:

Sept. 30, 4pm:  Barnes & Noble, Manchester, NH
Oct. 11, 6pm:  Barnes & Noble, Manchester, NH
Oct. 14, 2pm:  Books-A-Million, Concord, NH
Oct. 27, 6pm:  Barnes & Noble, Manchester, NH
Nov. 1, 12pm:  Concord Hospital Gift Shop, Concord, NH

As dates are added, I’ll be sure to let you know when and where I’ll be!


Thank you so much to all who have enjoyed “Flashlight Night” enough to write about it:

“Delicious language…ingenious metamorphoses” – Kirkus Reviews

“The verse is incantatory…a simple idea that’s engagingly executed” – School Library Journal

An old fashioned, rip-roaring imaginary adventure” – The Horn Book

“[Esenwine and Koehler] don’t just lobby for children to read—they show how readers play” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Imaginative…fantastical” – Booklist

“Favorably recalls Where the Wild Things Are” – Shelf Awareness

“Begs to be read over and over” – Michelle Knott, Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook/Goodreads

“A poetic and engaging journey” – Cynthia Alaniz, Librarian In Cute Shoes

“Illuminates the power of imagination” – Kellee Moye, Unleashing Readers

“Readers will be inspired to…create their own journey” – Alyson Beecher, Kidlit Frenzy

“Beautiful words and stunning illustrations” – Jason Lewis, 5th grade teacher at Tyngsboro Elementary School, Tyngsboro, MA


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35 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Autumn inspiration (haiku)

  1. I went to an SCBWI event on Monday, and I talked up your book. One person had an ARC of your book, and LOVED it. She’s a third grade teacher in Natick and aspiring author. Another was toying with a story about a flashlight, and was quite surprised to hear about your book. She plans to look for it. Best of luck with your signing. I wish I could come to one!


  2. lindabaie

    It certainly is “nature’s burning bush”, Matt. I work at the bookstore on Thursday, and really miss those 15-word challenges. Wish I lived closer so I could visit one of your bookstore evenings, know it would be fun. Happy weekend, will look for that poetry-cubed!


  3. Matt, you are busy lately but in a very good way. From flashlight to burning bush inspires me to try out Laura’s 15 words or less challenge. I think what you wrote will fit quite nicely in my Autumn Ablaze gallery. If interested in offering this one, please send it on to me.


  4. Aren’t Laura’s photo prompts wonderful!? I wasn’t able to participate this week, but your haiku and reference to Margaret’s will send me back later today to check it out. Your second line is a delight to read aloud over and over–“autumn phenomenon stuns” Love it! It’s such fun to read about your publishing adventures these days and I’m looking forward to the return of Poetry…Cubed. Please do let us know if you make it up to Maine!


  5. It’s funny how my poem–completely ignorant of Laura’s 15-word challenge–somehow read the mind of all of yours! But then who can ignore autumn’s burning? I’m taking Flashlight Night in to my classroom this week, especially for a 2nd grader whose Personal Narrative is about reading the Lego catalog by flashlight in bed with his brother….


  6. Wonderful post, Matt. And, what a lovely haiku. I have fun on Thursday mornings before school with that 15 word challenge. I love coming back to it after school to see all the offerings. There’s always at least one other poem and often more that make me say, “wow, why didn’t I think of that?” Having fun watching the success of Flashlight.


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