The Poetry Notebooks


Michael P. Garofalo

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Comments from Visitors to the Webpages







"A superb online directory compiled by Michael P. Garofalo featuring 
all the best concrete poetry sites on the WWW."
-   Christina Conrad, Performance Poetry Websites, 10 March 2002





"Mike Garofalo's Poetry Notebook pages have some of the best and up-to-date
haiku weblinkage available.  These are well organized into alphabetical order, author
order, haiku resources, teaching haiku (by age group!!!), classic haijin, and more.
This is an all-time best site for haijin! *****
A great place for gardeners, haijin and philosophers to wander
for hours; an ongoing act of creativity."
Debra Woolard Bender, Paper Lanterns, 23 December 2000




"This site provides detailed information for links to numerous haiku sites.
With a click, you'll find journals, books, small presses, directories,
guides.  You name it, you'll find it here.  An excellent, easy-to-navigate
site that was born to be bookmarked!"
-   Elizabeth St Jacques, Poetry in the Light: Links to Please, 15 May 2001




"One of the most comprehensive collections of links to haiku resources
on the Internet, assembled by Michael P. Garofalo.  He is also a
gardener, and his site, while very thorough on haiku, can take
you to other corners as well."
William J. Higginson, Open Directory Haiku Editor, 30 May 2000





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From the Poetry Notebooks of Michael P. Garofalo

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"A wonderful site, not only his nice haiku, but also a very nice and rich bibliography
about haiku on the Net, addresses for publishing , addresses of personal sites of
well-known writers; but above all, an exceptional site rich in quotes, about all that
is connected with gardening , built by a specialist in bibliography."
Serge Tome,  Temps Libres - Free Times, 17 June 2000





"This web site has one of the most complete collections of links to
haiku poetry that I have seen on the web.  Carefully listed by names,
it gives you quick access to haiku links.   But this is not all,
the site includes references and guides, a section on teaching haiku
poetry, and a collection of Zen quotations.  Furthermore,  Mr. Garofalo,
the founder, is very versatile.  He has also posted The Spirit of Gardening
and Quotes for Gardeners.   And, last but not least, his very fine and
sharp poems.   So, haiku, Zen, the art of gardening, learning haiku, indexes,
links ... bring us a wonderful site.  Excellent!   A great contribution!" 
-   Carlos Fleitas, (E)literature 15 March 2001





"It seems that most links pertaining to any haiku related subject of interest
can be found at this website.  I recommend it.  It's well organized,
very complete, and a time-saver."
-   Ty's Recommended Links, 9 May 2001




"Your webpage is unique and your haiku delightful."
Lucille Younger, Losing the Continents,  7 September 2000, Poems





The Spirit of Gardening

Reviews and Awards for The Spirit of Gardening Website

Created by Michael P. Garofalo







"Teaching Haiku Poetry, by Michael P. Garofalo, offers several links to lesson plans, 
historical information, etc. for each grade level, 2 through 12. The links are extensive 
and thorough, some are "cuter" than others, but most treat haiku and the teaching of 
it seriously. The lesson plans come from a wide variety of authors and are detailed 
and extensive; they range from 1 - 2 hour lessons to units that span several weeks. 
Well worth a look."
-   Recommended Webpages for January 2002,  Ohio State University Course  





"An extensive array of pages containing a wealth of material on haiku offered by
Michael P. Garofalo, a former library administrator who lives in California.   Mr.
Garofalo includes all this information as part of his larger Spirit of Gardening
website.  Links, biographies (not only of poets but of translator R. H. Blyth as
well) and a great deal of other information make it a very useful site indeed."
-   Mark Jewel, Basho and Haikai, 15 February 2001





"The most extensive site I've yet found on concrete poetry is the one designed 
and run by Michael P. Garofalo who has gathered a wide-ranging collection 
of styles, sites, and examples, including some of his own striking works 
of graphic/verbal art. This site is well worth a visit."
Brad Burg's Website, 18 April 2003 




"A very impressive gardening e-zine ... I look forward to many happy hours browsing it.
What a joy it is to find so many creative and informed ways of sharing knowledge on the
Internet!  It just gets better and better every year!  By the way, thanks for the extensive
list of haiku links.  It's bound to bring more gardeners into the haiku community."

Jeanne Emrich, Haiga Online, 2 November 1999





"Features everything Haiku, from where and how to publish,
to references on this genre."
-   Resources for Poets, 1 May 2001




Author Index to Haiku Poems on the Net

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"Haiku Poetry: Links and References is a great site,
and the accumulation of links is thorough and useful."
Larry Gross 'Tishang', Asian Poetry: The Korean Sijo, 21 December 2000




"Great Site!  Unquestionably, the best on the Web.  I'm sure I'm not
the first to notice the Herculean effort you've put into your site.  You're
making life easier for a lot of haijin and senryu writers out there."
Richard Stevenson, Canadian Poet, 26 September 2000





"Just discovered your Zen page.  Nine bows!"
-   Gary Gach, 16 October 2003,
What Book




"I just stumbled across your web page and was stunned.  It's fantastic."
Janine Beichman,  Masaoka Shiki: His Life and Works, e-mail, 7 December 2002




"Your concrete poetry website is brilliant!  A treasure of research."
-   Luc Fierens,  Mail Art,  20 January 2004




"You've done some beautiful work, both in your own concrete poetry,
and on the website.  Indeed, I think yours is the most effective 
concrete poetry I've seen, as works of art."
-  Brad Burg, e-mail on 28 October 2002, Outside the Lines: Poetry at Play



"Thank you for the time taken to put together your Zen Poetry website,
and for the opportunites and insights it holds."
-   Bill Brown, Zen Time, 25 August 2001





"I teach religious studies at a small liberal arts college in
Pennsylvania.  I just wanted to drop you a note to let you
know how much I appreciate your website.  In particular,
the Zen poetry is not only beautiful but useful in helping
my students in an introductory class on Buddhism to 
understand (as much as it is possible to comprehend)
emptiness.  Thanks again, it is a rich, wonderful site."
-   Allen Richardson, Cedar Crest College, 17 February 2005





"Your zen poetry website is outstanding!"
-   Ken Wallace, e-mail, 26 February 2003, Buddha Activity




"Zen Poetry is our Spiritwalk Link of the Day."
Roger Ebsen, Spiritwalk Portal, 23 November 2002





"The biggest list of English haiku sites I've ever found.
A haiku site, which isn't mentioned here, can't exist!"
Hans-Peter Kraus,  Haiku, Haiku, 4 October 2000




"The most comprehensive, largest and most up-to-date guide
to Haiku on the Internet. Title, author, and thematic access."
Pilot-Search, Literary Search Web, 31 December 2000





Cuttings: Short Poems by Michael P. Garofalo

"Short poems and haiku organized by month.
Poems reflect the rural lifestyle of Red Bluff, California."

William J. Higginson, Open Directory Haiku Editor,  11 April 2000

"Bravo for your visual poetry!"

Joëlle Dautricourt, Big Bang Faerie, 13 August 2002

"Your webpage is unique and your haiku delightful."
Lucille Younger,  Losing the Continents,  7 September 2000

"... very fine and sharp poems."
Carlos Fleitas,  (E)literature,  15 March 2001

"I read your August and September poems over my coffee this morning,
an excellent recording of the tempo of summer and psyche."
Ann Gleeson, The Body as Audience, 11 September 2000





"A fantastic collection of haiku links."
Frans Kwaad, Haiku Schetsboek, 19 October 2000




"I am very much impressed with your webpage on R. H. Blyth.  Your
pages express a simple elegance, are informative, meaty, and easy to read."
Richard Gilbert, e-mail 9 March 2002, Quiet Site




"Thank you for your Zen site, which is great."
Luc Boussard, Zen and Art,  24 March 2002




"I have so enjoyed reading through your Haiku and Zen Poetry 
collection . . . an astonishing body of work."
-  Pepper Provenzano, e-mail 27 October 2002, TreeLink



"I visited your webpages and think they can't be topped.
They offer the most comprehensive information
about the Haiku world."
Gerd Börner, Deutsche Haiku Gesellschaft, 19 January 2001




"I love your haiku site."
-   Wocojoe,  WocoJoe's Web Magazine,  2 August 2000




"Poetry for the Gardener:   Includes numerous examples of
Taoist and Zen poetry.  Most are based around
simple living and gardening."
-   Shen, DMOZ Open Directory Editor,
Religious Poetry - Taoism, 12 February 2001




"Your directories are probably the most comprehensive
listing of haiku sites anywhere on the Internet."
-  Gary Barnes (Sogi), e-mail, 9 September 2002, Haiku Poet's Hut




"A useful website.  Thanks for your good work."
-   Sam Hamill, translator and poet, e-mail, 20 August 2002




"I find myself disposed to call the reader's attention to a site which maps most,
or all, it sometimes seems, of the large supplies of Zen poetry available on the
web.  The listings include sites, titles, commentaries, quotes, and extensive links
to anything whatever relevant to the poet or poems, and can be found, as part
of a larger assembly, at Zen Poetry, edited by Mike Garofalo.
-   Sam Hazelhurst, Proverbial Zen,  27 August 2001




The Vine - Garden Haiku
Comments by Carla Allen, 22 November 2002




"Over the years you have certainly made a fabulous 
contribution via your excellent web sites."
-  Patricia Hackett and James W. Hackett, Maui, Hawaii, 27 Jan 2005
The Haiku and Zen World of James W. Hackett




"A very extensive list of concrete-visual poetry 
books, poems, forms, and websites."
Is It a Book, 15 January 2003




"Some of the best collections of web links related to haiku ..."
Millikin University, 26 October 2001, Links to Haiku Websites
Referring to Teaching Haiku Poetry and others.




"I am an elementary education student at the University of North Carolina  
at Chapel Hill .  I am student teaching in a Fourth grade classroom and was 
looking for a way to assess and review the use of adjectives with my children. 
I decided to use Haiku poetry.  I used your “Teaching Haiku Poetry” webpage
to help learn about and plan the lesson.  What a great website it is!  There are 
so many resources.  I learned so much!  Thank you for this great resource!"

-   Tabitha Day Thomas, e-mail, 6 November 2002




"I would just like to thank you for your website.  It is just beautiful.
I discovered it searching for a Zen poem to add to my term paper, 
and found just what I needed.  Thank you again for taking the time 
to put togehter such a marvelous collection."
-  Maria Monks, 4 April 2005






Record of Publication



My poems have appeared in the following on-line publications: 

Simply Haiku - May 2004
Hyperlinked Arts Rens  
Haiku Wall

Future for Word Exhibition, Concrete/Visual Poetry,  Seattle Poetry Festival 2002
Haiku Fauna 
The Vine - Haiku Garden 
Non-Duality Salon Highlights 
Eratio Post-Modern Poetry 
Terebess Asia Online 
Great Sand Dunes National Monument

My poems have also appeared in the following print publications:

Voices and Echoes:  Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2001





In addition, I am also grateful to the following
websites for referring their readers to my web pages:

The Heron's Nest

The North Carolina Haiku Society

Haiku Harvest

Haiku Resources by Mark Brooks

Haiku Poet's Hut by Soji (Gary Barnes)

Open Directory DMOZ  

Poetry in the Light  

Tao Mountain

World Haiku Club

Beans About It 

Big Bang Faerie

Eel Pie Dharma

World Haiku Association

MU Haiku Websites - Millikin University

Poetry Power




Haiku Poetry: Links, Bibliographies, Resources

The Spirit of Gardening

Concrete-Visual Poetry

Green Way Journal

Zen Poetry








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