Tuesday, September 13, 2022

My Book Release!!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce the publication of my first collection of poetry!

Upwelling - haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun
by Lorraine A Padden

Moments of awareness, radical reflection and culpability.

Here's a blurb I wrote about it:

Haiku and related short form poetry often invite us into moments of awakened appreciation for the transcendent wonder of our natural and human worlds. We pause in mysterious beauty, wistful remembrance, and enduring hope. What if these poetic forms could also illuminate the shadow side of our existence, bringing us into closer relationship with the undeniable suffering that also rests at the core of our lived experience? What might arise as we contemplate moments of marginalization, oppression, and injustice? These poems are an invitation to reflect and perhaps inspire our own compassionate and healing personal and social action.

And, here's a blurb that Alan Summers, master poet, teacher and founder of Call of the Page provided for the back cover:

"Padden’s work levers up the world as one continuous haiku of a cry sometimes in and out of other phrases, sometimes haibun, and always extended exhalation. The pain and the poignancy is caught in blatant and determined observation, peeled back as “the otherwise” in someone’s life that could be in us too. Sometimes the filter comes fully detached, as we cannot always turn away from what is really going on: this is a book to defy the wind of society to blow it all away."

Finally, I couldn't be happier to include my sister Pene's stunning wood block print on the cover.

You can find my book here:

Thank you for receiving my news, and much gratitude for your interest in my work!

Friday, August 19, 2022


Thank you so much Rich Youmans for referencing my work "Vanishing Point" in your marvelous essay in Contemporary Haibun Online, "Plaiting Poem & Prose, The Art of Braided Haibun." My piece first appeared in Frogpond 44:3 and was also included in Contemporary Haibun 17. I'm honored to take part in the shape shifting discussions as the prose/poem relationship continues to evolve...

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Just out in Time Haiku - a new twist on the rengay form -- thanks to Alan Peat, my brilliant writing partner and to Diana Webb, Editor!



under the garbage patch

mercury dolphins

earthwork mosaic the satellite view

in the oil spill

vivid as plastic

a cormorant’s eye

algae bloom weeping red

making weather 

road-leaping flames

lick at blisters 


bombogenesis an original destruction story


comfortable sofa

the news comes live

from a basement bunker

press blitz

the broadcast

goes dead

Alan Peat

Lorraine A Padden

*A rengay variant consisting of alternating haiku and monoku followed by a final double haiku.

Time Haiku, Issue 56, August 2022


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Onomatopoeia in Action!!

Delighted to have a poem recently published in Haiku Dialogue, The Haiku Foundation's weekly blog that invites poets to respond to various themes and prompts. My haiku below plays with onomatopoeia...


the measured response

of grade school nuns