I chat about poetry and short stories with Renee Scattergood

I'm featured on author Renee Scattergood's website right now (thank you so much, Renee!), talking about poetry, writing, and short stories: specifically my upcoming stories in anthologies by Inklings Press and The Mind's Eye Series! Find it here: Author Spotlight: Short Stories and Poetry Collections by Maria Haskins Also, check out Renee's books, like her Shadowstalker series!

‘Hawk’ – a poem from CUTS, for Poetry Month

This poem is taken from Cuts, my collection of poetry published in 2015. It's available as an ebook and in paperback. Find it here.   HAWK Every morning perched on the lamp post above the highway onramp she sees me: hawk. Eye cocked looking for that twitch of life in the grass for that smudge of death… Continue reading ‘Hawk’ – a poem from CUTS, for Poetry Month

#PoetryMonth – @MariaHaskins on Translation

My second post at author Robert Zimmermann’s website for Poetry Month is all about translation and poetry. I used one of my poems, ‘Bird-cloak’, to illustrate some of the challenges of translating poetry. Thanks so much to Robert for having me over. Check out his website for some fantastic posts on writing in general, and poetry in particular.

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Maria Haskins is on the blog today for her second Poetry Month contribution! She’s sharing another poem from her collection ‘Cuts’. This time it’s a little bit different. Maria is sharing both the Swedish (original language the poem was written in) and English versions of a poem. If you remember last week’s post with the audio for S.M. Boyce’s poem A Life for Sale, I talked about how interpreting a poem can differ between reading text and listening to it. Another way a poem can change is through translation. In may ways this can be more drastic.

Before I start rambling on about this, I’ll hand the blogging reigns over to Maria. She’s more qualified to talk about translation than I am anyway. But this post has challenged me to read more work in translation, along with the original languages…even if I can’t speak them. At least I…

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#PoetryMonth – Story Time Friday with @MariaHaskins

I visit Robert Zimmermann’s website ‘A Life Among The Pages’ for Poetry Month, and of course I brought a poem!

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See those two images up there? It wasn’t a mistake. Even during Poetry Month there’s room for Story Time Friday!

Like STF in general, I include poetry as the “story” part of the series title. Today, I have a poem from poet Maria Haskins to share. To go with that, Maria has been nice enough to share a bit of the story behind the poem, as well. I’m happy when I get to share a little bit of what goes on behind the piece itself, and this is no different.

You can also read up on the collection Maria’s poem came from after you’re done. And if you enjoy it, there’ll be another poem from this poet next week. It isn’t an STF post. It’s something even better! Don’t forget to come back for that one.

Now, I’ll hand the blog over to Maria, the real reason you’re here…

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A master-class in poetry & the rhythm of words

Back in the stegosauraus-era when I studied Spanish in high-school (AKA 'gymnasiet' in Sweden), our teacher had us read Spanish poetry for part of the course. One of those poems has stuck with me ever since: even if my knowledge of the language has faded a bit with time, this poem is still there. It's… Continue reading A master-class in poetry & the rhythm of words

Pain in progress (again)

I wrote this poem after one of my friends died last year, another victim of cancer. This week, for many reasons, the words and the feelings I had then are haunting me again. PAIN IN PROGRESS/MY FRIEND IS DEAD All the lamps are lit in every window. I feel the warmth beneath my own hands… Continue reading Pain in progress (again)

Two poems, two heartbeats

I've been playing around with my poems, trying to present them visually online and this is my first attempt. The poems are 'Sparrow' and 'Peek' from my new book. 'Sparrow' is inspired by and dedicated to my daughter, and 'Peek' is inspired by and dedicated to my son. These two human beings are really the deepest inspiration… Continue reading Two poems, two heartbeats

A giveaway – enter to win a copy of my new book!

Enter to win one of three copies of 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989-2015' at Goodreads! To celebrate the upcoming holidays, and the fact that I have a brand new book of poetry out (yay!), I am giving away three paperback copies of my new collection of poetry 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989-2015'. You can enter… Continue reading A giveaway – enter to win a copy of my new book!

Get a FREE short story from ODIN’S EYE!

It's almost December, which means it's almost my birthday, and almost Christmas. To celebrate, I'm giving away a free short story from ODIN'S EYE. The short story is 'Lost And Found', and right now the free version is live on Smashwords and it's also available from Amazon,  Apple iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble! Note Dec. 11, 2015: I'm having some… Continue reading Get a FREE short story from ODIN’S EYE!

New interview & review at Ben Ditmars’ website

You can read a brand new interview with me at poet and writer Ben Ditmars' website, talking about poetry, writing, and getting into fights with Shakespeare! Ben also reviewed 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015' recently, and gave it a 5-star review: needless to say, I'm thrilled and grateful for all his kind words.… Continue reading New interview & review at Ben Ditmars’ website

My cover story – poetry, snow & the bleak beauty of a Swedish winter

The cover for 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015', my new collection of poetry, came together one day when I was sorting through the wealth of photos on my computer. I'd been pondering various ideas for the cover, but hadn't really felt that any of them was the right fit. And then I found… Continue reading My cover story – poetry, snow & the bleak beauty of a Swedish winter

Insides & outsides – introducing my new poetry collection ‘Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015’

My new collection of poetry 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015' is out today: it's available as an ebook and in paperback. (shop for it here.) This book has been a work in progress for some time, and I wasn't always sure I would publish it at all. It contains four different collections of poetry -… Continue reading Insides & outsides – introducing my new poetry collection ‘Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015’

‘Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015’ is now available in paperback

My hands are shaking, like they always do after I submit my writing to "the real world". This time, it's because I just approved the proof for my new collection of poetry at CreateSpace, and the book is now available in paperback from CreateSpace's web-store. It should be available in paperback at Amazon in a… Continue reading ‘Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015’ is now available in paperback

Poetry in translation – ‘At home (a horror story)’

AT HOME (A HORROR STORY) Is the child asleep? Yes, the child is asleep. Sleep, child! Tonight we’ll have fun, laugh! We will sing a lullaby to the child, we will heat blood and rub skin warm, too. Outside there is night and the large bellies of wild beasts and saliva dripping and no silent… Continue reading Poetry in translation – ‘At home (a horror story)’