Oh, you have no idea how much excitement I’ve been trying to contain.
You see, my next picture book, The Thing to Remember about Stargazing (Tilbury House, 2023) is scheduled to be published this October, and TOMORROW, Sat., May 27, is the day of the official COVER REVEAL!
I hope you’ll check it out at The Backstory, a feature of author Andrew Hackett’s blog. Italian artist/illustrator Sonia Possentini provides some amazingly beautifu artwork, and I can’t wait to share the book with the world when it arrives Oct. 3. So be sure to head over to The Backstory tomorrow – because this book actually has not one, but TWO backstories!
Considering the subject of the book, I’ve naturally had stargazing on my mind lately, and a few nights ago our local middle school hosted an astronomy night. Several telescopes were set up so that students and parents could get close-up views of the moon, Venus, and stars like Arcturus and others.
Early in the evening, around 8-8:30pm, my son decided to try to get a photo so he held my iPhone up to the eyepiece of a large telescope focused on the moon. Just at the right moment, he snapped – and captured this. So of course, I had to write a haiku to go with it!
poses for her close up;
dusk’s crooked grin
– © 2023 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved
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18 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A “moongazing” haiku”
Love the moon and her “crooked grin”! Your haiku is lovely, Matt. Congratulations on another book – looking forward to hearing more about it.
Glad you liked it, Rose, thank you!
Congratulations Matt! I am so happy for you. You encourage me with your persistence and drive. Your poetry invites the reader in, and invites the reader to grab their pen and write! Thank you!
Oh, thank you so much, Linda. Have a great weekend!
Congrats on the new book, Matt. I love the moon & all books about it. It’s a lovely picture by your son & then “dusk’s crooked grin”! Have a great weekend, more moon-gazing?
I hope so! Thanks, Linda.
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Can’t wait to see this book, Matt. And this poem and image or so great. You and your sun make a good team!
My sun AMD my son! 😉 Thanks, Karen!
A delightfully happy post! Looking forward to seeing your new cover, Matt, and I love the haiku sparked by your son’s photo.
Thanks so much, Tabatha!
This photo and haiku are amazing! And I just hopped over to read the backstory to your forthcoming book and what a great, great story. I look forward to reading it.
Thank you, Marcie, I appreciate that!
“dusk’s crooked grin” — that is fabulous!
Oh, thank you, Laura! Glad you liked that.
The colors in the photo are so striking and the haiku captures a little moon-mystery. Congratulations on your new book!
Thank you so much, Janice!
Matt, another big congratulations to you. Your son’s photo is magnificent and your poem hangin on so tight to the dusk’s magic. What a fabulous pairing of creative minds! I look forward to another masterpiece unfold.
Oh, that’s very nice of you to say, Carol. Thank you!