Monday, July 31, 2006,10:46 PM
walking alone
walking alone
on a dusty path
as the sun falls-
the bugs complain loudly
as if the heat is my fault
 
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Sunday, July 30, 2006,11:12 PM
summer moves on
summermoveson
summer moves on-
changing the page of
the calendar
 
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,10:47 PM
my daughter
my daughter,
in her swimsuit,
looks out the window
watching robins splash
in the birdbath
 
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Saturday, July 29, 2006,10:12 PM
crescent moon
crescent moon
smiles at the lake-
rippling mirror
 
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Friday, July 28, 2006,11:49 PM
heat swims up
heatswimsup
heat swims up
the Mississippi River-
steamy summer day
 
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Thursday, July 27, 2006,10:52 PM
how many days
how many days
will it be until
I see you?
the last lily
falls to the ground
 
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,10:50 PM
first rain drop
first rain drop
lands on my patio-
hint of fall
 
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,2:58 PM
aimlessly walking
aimlessly walking
through downtown as a stranger,
watching strangers,
as my soul rests
at home far away
 
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006,10:19 PM
surrounded by steel
surroundedbysteel
surrounded by steel-
rhythmic sounds of cars
passing by
 
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Monday, July 24, 2006,11:11 PM
city sidewalks
city sidewalks
covered with bus exhaustion-
arch covered with stars

I got to St. Louis, MO tonight and will be here 'til Friday.
 
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,12:16 AM
summer sunset
summersundown
summer sunset..
riverboat slowly slides
through the heat
 
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Sunday, July 23, 2006,11:50 PM
kids play in the street
kids play in the street-
counting down the days
'til school starts
 
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Saturday, July 22, 2006,11:05 PM
my thoughts bounce
my thoughts bounce
off the night-time clouds
as the wind blows,
rain drops begin to fall
one after another
 
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Friday, July 21, 2006,10:14 PM
faint sounds
faintsounds
faint sounds of
far away thunder-
5:00 traffic
 
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Thursday, July 20, 2006,10:45 PM
reflection
reflection,
the repetition of
summer sunlight-
looking at photos
from last winter
 
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,4:27 PM
summer noon
summernoon
summer noon-
defining sound from
cicadas
 
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006,11:02 PM
hot concrete
hot concrete-
ants march fast
to the crack
 
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Monday, July 17, 2006,10:46 PM
Interview from "Magnapoets"
MAGNA ON MAGNA Poet's Speak
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Featuring J. Andrew Lockhart

Question: Tell us all about yourself.


Answer: I've lived most of my life in Van Buren, Arkansas, which is a fairly small town next to the Arkansas River and the Oklahoma border. (It's hard for me to imagine living in a town that's not next to a river). I've been married 17 years and we have 2 boys and 2 girls. (The younger boy is due this October).
I've been in many cities in many countries, but I've always felt that I belonged in Van Buren. There have been Lockharts living here since the mid-1850's, so maybe it's an inborn thing.
I attended the University of Arkansas from 1984 to 1991, receiving a Bachelor in Arts (Music) and a Juris Doctor. In 1996, after practicing law for 5 years, I had a hemorrhagic stroke. I had brain surgery and lost a small part of the left side of my brain. After 6 weeks in the hospital and 3 weeks at the Baylor Rehabilitation Hospital in Dallas, Texas, I went through 3 years of rehabilitation dealing with walking, talking, writing and reading.
I have no memory of the stroke and almost a year after it. My reading and writing are still shaky, but they're improving. (If it weren't for Google spell check, though, I never would have started my blog).
In 2001, I started a part-time job as a Spanish teacher at Rena Elementary School. I fell in love with it and went through the non-traditional licensure class to become certified as a music teacher, and have been the music teacher there for the last three years. I absolutely love it and feel that it's a hobby rather than a job.



Question: How did you come to choose the Japanese forms?


Answer: I really don't remember when I first ran into a haiku on the internet. At first, I saw it as an easy way to express my feelings. It didn't take long, thought, for me to see how much deeper the form is. I'm still learning, but it's an exciting education.
Soon after that, I discovered tanka. The depth of emotion that can be used in a tanka has made it my favorite. The main thing is focus, focus and focus. It's a challenge to take a thought or an emotion and fit it into a certain form. It also cuts out the unnecessary parts. It goes right along with what I've learned about teaching children, where something has to be short and to the point.
I also plan to learn more about haiga, haibun and others.


Question: What do you get out of blogging?


Answer: I first heard about "blogging" last spring. It seemed interesting to me, so I decided to play it out.
My first blog was a personal political rant. It felt good to yell out my opinions, but I soon noticed that there were no productive ideas and most, if not all, of my writing was negative. I still loved the idea, though, so I decided to start a poetic blog. Soon after that I met different people from around the world and was hooked.
I have seen so much work by so many people and I'm able to discuss the work with the person that writes it. This could never be done in a library.


Question: Who are the artists that are most important to you?


Answer: As far as the poetry I write, I have spent a lot of time reading works of Basho, Buson and Issa, but I've learned the most from poets that write in English. For example, Denis Garrison and Robert Wilson are two modern poets that have greatly influenced my writing. There are many others, as well, who give wonderful examples of how Japanese poetry can be written beautifully in English.I have to say, though, that I'm getting closer to trying different forms of poetry.



Question: You frequently address the subject of memory in your poems. What makes this such a meaningful subject for you?


Answer: I'm fascinated with memory due to what happened to me ten years ago. Losing entire blocks of memory is a terrifying experience and you find yourself holding on to the memories that you have.
It seems that I've had two lives and my memories are the only connection. I'm not willing to let go of my past life because so much of me was built on it.
I know that there are many ways to write about wishes or dreams, but I usually would rather use my emotion with reality -- which is either past or present.




Interview conducted by Eric Dutton
 
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,10:14 PM
the river
the river,
slithering through the
hot cracked ground,
follows the sun
that tells her sad story
 
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Sunday, July 16, 2006,10:01 PM
slowly sliding
slowly sliding
into my private world
while staring at the stars
fireflies try their best
to lighten my thoughts
 
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Saturday, July 15, 2006,11:35 PM
summer sunset
summersunset
summer sunset-
leaving behind a wake
of wilted flowers
 
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,11:09 PM
I'm covered
I'm covered with
the blood of my brothers
and my enemies-
turn off the news
at least tonight...
 
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,10:35 PM
I catch
I catch
the surprise-lily
before she blooms
 
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,10:32 PM
floodgate opens
floodgate opens-
inspiration of summer
revisits
 
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,8:51 AM
blue glass sky
blue glass sky
shattered by the sun-
july morning
 
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Thursday, July 13, 2006,10:33 PM
warm summer day
warmsummerday
warm summer day-
ballerina butterflies
dance in the field
 
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,10:06 PM
a small frog
a small frog
skips across my patio...
hot humid night
 
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006,10:40 PM
rain drops fall
rain drops fall
on my tired body
as I sit
the full moon glows
in my mind
 
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006,11:52 PM
passion burns high
passion burns high
as the breeze
blows through the fields-
watching her walk
through wild flowers
 
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Monday, July 10, 2006,10:30 PM
Happy Birthday Barbara!!
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barbara
Barbara- Birthday Girl!
Melli- balloons
Suzy - party hats
Rosie - flowers
Carol- the band
Killired- ice cream
Jennifer- cake
Wendy- New Zealand treats
Friday's Child- treats from Philippines
Kathy- ring leader
Mysterious Lady- a nice card
 
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,12:28 AM
what am I after?
whatamiafter2
what am I after?
a dragonfly lands
on my fishing pole
 
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,12:08 AM
wading
wading in
humid air
past midnight
imagining stars
through the clouds
 
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Sunday, July 09, 2006,12:04 AM
generations
generations
meet in the flower garden-
light through clouds
 
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,12:01 AM
watching the clock
watching the clock
on my bedroom wall
count my thoughts
of our times together
in my hidden world
 
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Friday, July 07, 2006,11:47 PM
summer storm
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summer storm
slowly moves closer
in the sky
sunlight reluctantly
leaves the stage
 
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,11:21 PM
steady tempo
steady tempo
of cool air at night..
silent song
 
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,11:10 PM
pleasant surprise
pleasant surprise-
spring weather
in july
 
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,11:08 PM
afternoon breeze
afternoon breeze
rolls down the hill
chasing heat
 
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Thursday, July 06, 2006,10:26 AM
dusting old books
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dusting old books
opens a floodgate-
present past
 
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Wednesday, July 05, 2006,11:51 PM
your words
your words follow
me through the day and
into the sunset
I see one star after
another appear
 
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Tuesday, July 04, 2006,11:03 PM
4th of July
4th of July-
nighttime show of
fireflies
 
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,11:01 PM
buying a pack
buying a pack
of firecrackers-
Made in China
 
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,10:57 PM
traveling
traveling
to the half moon in
a bottle rocket
 
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Monday, July 03, 2006,11:30 PM
July night
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July night..
surrounded by the
sound of freedom
(photo by Jeremy Willis)
 
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,11:26 PM
soaring above
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soaring above
a pristine mountain..
independence
(photo by George and Anne Willis)
 
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,12:50 AM
thick heavy air
thick heavy air
slows down the flying bugs
in the hot night
I dream, while awake, of
our secret love affair
 
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,12:47 AM
a fly lands
a fly lands
on the picnic table-
public park
 
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Sunday, July 02, 2006,12:47 PM
our eyes meet
oureyesmeet
our eyes meet...
knowing this is our first
and last
 
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,12:20 PM
trying my best
trying my best
to bend down and take out
a library book...
the pages are yellow
and brittle
 
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