Frogpond Review of With Cherries on Top

The following brief review of With Cherries on Top appeared in Frogpond 36:2, Spring/Summer 2013, page 151.

NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month) is a Facebook page [and website—see] that promotes daily writing through haiku prompts. In August 2012, a different prompter each day suggested themes such as star myths, birth, grass, and forgotten things. Thousands of writers responded, and from the selection, 190 haiku and senryu were chose and gathered in this “first of its kind” ebook anthology. Stunning photographs introduce each prompt and give the collection an electric charge. One of my favorite prompts was “Beatles song,” which inspired haiku and senryu such as: here comes the sun . . . / a list of seeds / to plant (Dawn Apanius); spider / in the kitchen / let it be (Terri L. French); and too tight the last dance his hey jude off key (Sheila Windsor). Don’t miss this free collection, along with inspiration to jump-start your writing practice. —Francine Banwarth