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Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen was born, reared, and now resides in Florida.  She is a down to earth kind of woman with a nurturing love for her fellow man.  Dane's quests for knowledge throughout her life, and her curious desire for adventure have blessed her endlessly.  She is the mother of three wonderful children, who grew up all too soon.  Why must they do that?  She currently basks in her role as a “doting grandmother...and a plant fiend!”

 

 

 “Renaissance Woman” as one of her former professors called her fits Dane rather well.  She has so many interests in the ordinary things of life as well as a very BROAD BASED formal education, including: two college degrees, a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  Dane also earned many post baccalaureate credits (60+ in Fine Art and about 27 in Education.) 

Besides the great diversity in her education, Dane is multi-talented in the arts and loves gardening.  She enjoys the four P’s: photography, painting, poetry and plants.  Some of Dane’s paintings and photography are posted on Redbubble.com.  The following link will take you directly to her art and digital design gallery.  http://daneann.redbubble.com/works  

Her family, friends, photography and plants may be seen on facebook http://www.facebook.com/Daneann

Please also visit her plant exchange group as well.  Especially if you live in the Suwannee Valley area. SuwanneeValleyFlowerandPlantExchange/.com 

 

 

Last, but not least, Dane is a published poet.  Her book, “100 Poems for Life” is available through Amazon.com and Publish America.com, at: http://www.publishamerica.net/product87773.html.  Email Dane directly at DaneAnn@aol.com. with your inquiries  about signed copies.

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Haiku 5-7-5 or NOT?!?


Blog Posted:1/29/2012 5:10:00 PM
International Haiku Month begins on February 1st.  The challenge is to write one haiku per day.  Then, my thoughts go to the hullabaloo  about the syllable count versus the sound count in Japanese.  So what is a haiku, anyway?  I found this wonderful site that is a good place to start bringing our thoughts to an understanding.  I hope you will take time to read, learn, and comment here about your thoughts.  Then, commit to write a haiku a day on Poetry Soup...however you do it.  Let's commit to celebrate haiku with the rest of the world!

Big Smiles,
Dane Ann 

THE LINK  http://sites.google.com/site/nahaiwrimo/home/why-no-5-7-5
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  1. Date: 1/30/2012 4:11:00 PM
    Linda-Marie, I too, was resistant to changing from the 5-7-5 haiku format because I had seen it taught in English classes and on poetry soup as well with the 5-7-5 format. However, after I began trying to understand haiku the way Debbie and Charles were writing it, I started to realize that it is more than syllable count. It has other specific requirements. I have hundreds...maybe thousands of 5-7-5 poems in my haiku files that do not have two important features of haiku...a season word and juxtaposition or breaking away from two of the lines...to make the reader think. I am so still learning! But this article helped me understand WHY some haiku poets are not sticking to the 5-7-5 format. I am going to look at mine SOMEDAY lol and see how many are really haiku and how many need to be moved to a 5-7-5 free verse file! LOL Anyway...it's all FUN!

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  1. Date: 1/30/2012 8:01:00 AM
    well Dane Ann I learned on PS about 5/7/5 syllable count so I lean toward that form requirement.. but... Debbie's Haiku challenges are just as interesting and Charles Henderson's also.. if it were me entering I would use the 5/7/5 one..

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  1. Date: 1/30/2012 4:37:00 AM
    Hi Dane Ann...great idea...I will work on it..at least every other day..going to check out the site..I would like to write a contemporary haiku of the current news events. Hope you are doing well...Gwendolen

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  1. Date: 1/29/2012 10:00:00 PM
    I will try to check out your link, Dane Ann --thanks for sharing! :d yes haiku is a tricky but Very very intriguing form and I am so challenged by it but oh , what bliss to actually be able to write something satisfying! Me I love to also experiment with it :D

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  1. Date: 1/29/2012 5:45:00 PM
    Oh, the world of haik is full of varying opinions. And you don't have to look far! Just check out the Soup. I like the mix. I love that there are purist haiku poets, who keep the original art. Then there is modern haiku and its westernized approach which allows for personification. Just type modern haiku into google and its amazing what wonderful reads you can find out there. I think in trusting your poetic instincts, and applying your 'voice' to whatever form of poetry you try. Have a blast. Glad I read this! Cheers, Cyndi

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  1. Date: 1/29/2012 5:30:00 PM
    HI, Dane Ann, it's good to see a post from you before I go off for the evening.Your bio pic is so cheerful looking. Personally I think it is too restrictive to go by syllable counts for haiku. Just doing very tiny "moments in time" poetry that equal out to fewer than 17 syllables is what it's all about. this is how many are now doing them. However, I don't mind contests that call for 5/7/5. The old way is nice too. We do not have the same "system" of speech as the Japanese, so to impose our own syllable system on haiku/senryu is simply making a new kind of poetry form for English speakers! The very small haiku/senryu where you just use fewer than 17 syllables makes more sense.

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  1. Date: 1/29/2012 5:25:00 PM
    What an interesting read Dane Ann..this might be just what I need to get out of my writing funk.. Cheers xxxx

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