the Games: Haiku, Tanka, Art. Seattle, WA: Vandina Press, 1997.
Eyes. Mercer Island, WA: Vandina Press, 1995.
Haiku, Senryu, and Sketches. Seattle, WA: Vandina Press, 1986.
Wings: Haiku and Tanka. Mercer Island, WA: Vandina Press, 1996.
Lifting: Haiku and Tanka. Seattle, WA: Vandina Press, 1997.
and Jellyspoons: Presentations Haiku, Senryu, Tanka. Seattle,
WA: Vandina Press, 1996.
and Inklings: Haiku, Senryu, and Sketches, Volume 2. Seattle,
WA: Vandina Press, 1986.
Perfect Worry-Stone. Seattle, WA: Vandina Press, 2000.
in Doubt Add Red. Seattle, WA: 1999. Broadside.
Haste. Bakersfield, CA: Amelia, 1989.
Porad writes Haiku, Tanka, and Senryu that allow people from all
different stages and places of life to understand her work. She
elegantly addresses issues such as nature, flowers, gardening, ageing,
and death, phrasing them in ways that appeal to all readers. Her
visual imagery captivates the readers attention by allowing
them to relate the haiku to previous memories. Her ability to be
specific enough for people to understand where she is coming from
while at the same time involving mystery and vagueness of her haiku,
truly gives the reader the freedom to relate Francines haiku
to their own life experiences.
bordered with railroad ties
end to end
particular haiku is a great example of the freedom that Francine
demonstrates in her writing. Basically, stating that the true country
garden goes on until things of the city stop it. People raised in
the country and raised in the city can relate to this because it
includes both perspectives.
unique perspective that Francine uses is her perspective on life
and death. Even people that are younger can understand the meaning
behind her haiku because she does such a great job wording her haiku.
the first bloom
of the camellia tree
the old woman
haiku shows the cycle of life by signifying someone that is at the
end of something (old woman) taking holding the hope for the beginning
of something (wearing the first bloom). Many times in society people
that are older are viewed as unattractive; however, this haiku shows
the beauty in growing old while also incorporating the seasonal
element. Not only is this haiku delicately worded, but it also it
has a powerful emotional statement. Personally, this is my favorite
haiku because it reminds me of one of the most special people in
my life, which is my grandmother. Although now all I have of her
is pictures and memories, a poem like this makes me remember the
confidence she exuded at all times. At times when her health was
diminishing, her attitude remained youthful and alive. I can still
picture her caring for her flowers as if they were people. Maybe
she did that because of how beautiful the flowers were, but looking
back I realize the flowers were a reflection of who she truly was
and how she truly felt. I imagine that this is also what Francine
was trying to convey in this haiku.
biography is only a small glimpse of the talent that Francine Porad
encompasses. Francine Porads haiku are not only read but they
are felt. Here are some links and books to find out more about her