Ascent Aspirations Magazine August 2014 Issue

Announcements from our friends at Ascent Aspirations

Ascent Aspirations Current Issue August 2014

Summer 2014 Anthology 
Theme: The Bizarre
We are in the judging process. 
Announcements of winners and contributors
 will be made by September
The Annual Ascent Aspirations Print Anthology 2013
Title: What We Carry Home – An Anthology of Narrative Prose and Poetry. One copy is still available.

Ascent Aspirations has many submissions to still read for future issues, so we are suspending the submission process as of the date of this email. 

In addition acceptances that have been made for up until March of 2015, will be reorganized into two issues, one for a combined issue for September/October, and one for November/December.(Contributors will be informed as to which issue their work will appears.) At that point the on-line Ascent Aspirations Magazine will be taking a holiday (probably for a year) after being in existence for 17 years since its small beginnings in November 1997.
The reason for this is so the editor, David Fraser, can focus on his own writing, publishing and preforming of his work, and spend time with his extended family, as well as concentrate on the organization of the four-day Cascadia Poetry Festival 3 being held in Nanaimo April 30 to May 3, 2015.
The annual print anthology will still continue for 2015. Sometime in the fall of 2014 after the 2014 Bizarre Anthology is released.


How to Haiku

Haiku (俳句 high-koo) are short poems that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience.

It is the Japanese idea that the haiku should be able to be expressed in one breath.

The Japanese word kiru, which means “cutting,” expresses the notion that haiku should always contain two juxtaposed ideas. The two parts are grammatically independent, and are distinct in imagery.

The season or changing of the seasons,  in Japanese, kigo, is an essential element of haiku.

Two ideas about one subject using the senses,. Ah Haiku!
Traditional haiku is written in three lines,  five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line.


.A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression

Nature, season, two images, don’t say the feeling, just the images which share the feeling.


The Haiku Handbook by William J. Higginson:


  1. Write two lines about something beautiful in nature. You can use the pictures below to give you ideas. Don’t worry about counting syllables yet.
  2. Write a third line that is a complete surprise, that is about something completely different from the first two lines.
  3. Look at the three lines together. Does the combination of these two seemingly unrelated parts suggest any surprising relationships? Does it give you any interesting ideas?
  4. Now rewrite the poem, using the 5-syllable, 7-syllable, 5-syllable format and experimenting with the new ideas or perspectives that have occurred to you.




haiku poems



Ol’ River Stomp, Drew Clayton, Lyrics by John Eagle

ol river stomp


Here is a new song by Drew Clayton. These lyrics are by John Eagle. This song reminds us of summer days and boating on the rivers and fishing for perch or other pan fish. John Eagle is from New Orleans and Drew from Nashville. They bring a good mix to the song.



Waldemar Januszczak Art Documentaries

Januszczak has an approach that includes wonder without the glitz of the modern made for TV docudramas. He’s refreshing and educational. Bravo!
Waldemar Januszczak is Britain’s most distinguished art critic.
…. Formerly the art critic of The Guardian, he now writes for The Sunday Times
Waldemar has been making television art films for many years, as both presenter and director. Since 1997, he has run his own production company ZCZ Films. His films include:

Picasso: Magic, Sex And Death (Channel 4, 2000), by the artist’s friend and biographer, John Richardson
The Michelangelo Code: Lost Secrets of the Sistine Chapel (Channel 4, 2005)
Vincent: The Full Story (Channel 4, 2004)
Gauguin: The Full Story (Channel 4, 2005)
Toulouse-Lautrec: The Full Story (Channel 4, 2006)
Paradise Found (Channel 4, 2005), a pictorial history of Islamic art
The Truth About Art (Channel 4, 1998)
Every Picture Tells a Story (Channel 5, 2003/4)

Waldemar Januszczak Art Documentaries

Waldemar Januszczak