Read a Poem
by Joe McKeon
my father winds
his father’s watch
By Joe McKeon, from Oars Up. Red Moon Press. 2019. Used by permission of the author.
is an award-winning internationally published haiku poet. He is a two-time winner of the Haiku Society of America’s Harold G. Henderson award for outstanding haiku. He won first prize in the 2017 Japanese Embassy haiku contest and the 2015 Vancouver Cherry blossom contest. His haiku have been published in international journals including Frogpond - The Journal of the Haiku Society of America, Modern Haiku
(one of the oldest haiku journals in America), A Hundred Gourds
(an Australian Haiku Journal) and Presence
(a British haiku journal). His 2019 book Oars Up
has received wide critical acclaim. Intragram @haikujoe.
Write a Poem
Write a poem personifying a nation. How would it behave? Who would its relatives be? How would it feel about itself, and what activities would it take part in?