Marti Keller began writing haiku, like many of us, in middle school, as part of a creative writing curriculum – with its insistence on three line 5-7-5 syllable structure and the natural world.
She is grateful for the opportunity to have attended a North America haiku conference. There she gained new insights and marvelous examples of more culturally appropriate, expansive approaches to how these brief, immediate verses, which originated in Japan, have been embraced and adapted across world cultures.
She now writes these momentary observations and reflections with attention to objects and experiences in one’s everyday life, and with a structure that acknowledges and values diverse expression.
Marti’s poetry has been published in weekly and monthly magazines, in collections focused on women’s writing, in Unitarian Universalist meditation books and other forums.
She has published several chapbooks, including Thinking in Haiku, Prickly Pear, and South/West.