LITERAL LATTE just released their Winter 2017 issue, featuring Yours Truly in the poetry section.  I submitted a trio of Haikus back in March and recently learned they took first prize in the Food Poetry Contest!  Check them out HERE.

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31 thoughts on “DOING THE HAPPY DANCE!

  1. Tippy Gnu December 31, 2017 / 7:07 am

    Congratulations, Joan. I like haikus, and enjoyed reading yours. Now I’m hungry for cherries.

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    • Just Joan December 31, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Thanks, Tippy. I write very few Haikus and no one was more surprised by this than me. Literal Latte editor said it is the first time Haiku has ever won the food verse contest. Those cherries were soooo good, warm and ripe and juicy. I don’t know how they got missed by the birds and all the other hikers and bikers… serendipity, I guess. 🙂

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  2. Peter Klopp December 31, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Congratulations on winning first prize in the Food Poetry Contest! I like the haiku about the aromatic alarm clock. Happy New Year!

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    • Just Joan December 31, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      Thanks, Peter! I’m a foodie by nature and write a lot of poems about food, so this contest was right up my alley. Who doesn’t love to wake up to the smell of fresh coffee? Stay warm as you ring in 2018! All the best to you. 🙂

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  3. Sharon December 31, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Delightful! Congrats! “Arom-a-larm clock” a fun surprise.

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    • Just Joan December 31, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks, sis! The best part of waking up is French Press in your cup, though Brian’s more likely to be awakened by the Arom-a-larm clock than I am. 🙂


    • Just Joan December 31, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Thanks, Marissa! The link on the words LITERAL LATTE goes to their home page. I hoped it might encourage people peruse the site. From there, you can scroll down and click on FOOD HAIKU to see all three of my poems, my bio, etc. The link I put on the word HERE in my WP post bypasses all that and takes you directly to my stuff on Literal Latte’s site. Sorry for the confusion. 🙂


  4. L. T. Garvin, Author December 31, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Congrats Joan! These are great. I would say nothing would beat a peppermint morning or cinnamon afternoon. I’m also a big fan of cherries so they wouldn’t be hanging near my bike path anymore either. I enjoyed these very much!

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    • Just Joan December 31, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks, Lana! I love early spring and fall, when a chilly morning ripens into a warm afternoon. I had cherries just today, in a “Super C” smoothie… trying to keep a winter cold at bay. We planted a cherry tree last fall. The Kiwis are probably eyeing it already. 🙂

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  5. K E Garland January 1, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    Say whaaat? Congratulations! I’m sure it’s WELL-DESERVED! Heading over to read now.

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    • Just Joan January 2, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Thanks, KE! This was a lovely end-of-the-year surprise. I hope you enjoyed my Haikus, and your visit to Literal Latte. 🙂

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    • Just Joan January 6, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks, Quirky! It definitely gave a boost to my New Year’s resolution to submit more of what I write. Best in 2018–say hello to Jett for me. 🙂

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  6. Elan Mudrow January 5, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    Congrats Joan. I know what a sense of accomplishment getting published brings to someone who works at their craft. Take care!

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    • Just Joan January 6, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      That’s for sure, Elan. Thanks for the taking the time to read and comment, it means a lot to me. Keep the poems and photos coming, I always look forward to seeing you pop up in my Reader. 🙂


  7. chevvy8 January 14, 2018 / 7:12 am

    Seems that I am in very esteemed company. Congratulations and well done Joan!

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    • Just Joan January 14, 2018 / 2:51 pm

      Thanks, Chevvy. I was excited to be featured on Literal Latte. I started submitting there simply because I’m a coffee kind of girl and I loved their name. Also because they have a food poetry contest and I love writing poems about food. 🙂

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      • chevvy8 January 14, 2018 / 11:26 pm

        I’m so pleased for you. I’ve never thought to enter any of my work but I am interested in what more I can do with my photographs and link it to travel and tourism. So I’ll take inspiration from you.😀

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    • Just Joan February 11, 2018 / 5:11 pm

      Forgive me, they were delicious, so sweet and so warm. Sorry not sorry. Turns out William Carlos Williams’ poem about the plums is one of the most-parodied of all time. 🙂

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      • circumstance227 February 11, 2018 / 5:29 pm

        Of course you knew that poem already! Let’s say the link was for your comment readers . . .

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      • Just Joan February 11, 2018 / 5:33 pm

        Interestingly, I HATED that poem in high school. Who cares about the stupid plums anyway, right? Now I see, that was kind of the point.

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      • circumstance227 February 11, 2018 / 5:37 pm

        As a rule, I never hated poems in high school that could be read in 15 seconds.

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      • Just Joan February 11, 2018 / 5:40 pm

        Well, there is that. 🙂


  8. murisopsis November 20, 2018 / 12:20 am

    Wow~ You knocked this one out of the park! I love the way they all fit together so nicely!! Will you be entering again this year?

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    • Just Joan November 20, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Thanks, Muri. It was rather a fluke. I write mostly form and rhymed stuff. We were permitted to enter six food poems. I had five, plus those. I titled the group “Food Haiku” (real original, huh?) and sent them in. I was dumbfounded by the win and Literal Latte said it was a first, no one had ever won the food poetry contest with a Haiku before. I didn’t enter again in 2018; what were the chances lightning would strike twice in the same place? I don’t enter as many contests as I did, it gets expensive and wins are rare. A poet friend said he does not enter unless he gets something in return (like Rattle, where the grand prize is $10,000 and your $20 entry fee entitles you to a year’s subscription to their poetry mag). 🙂


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