Darlene O’Dell’s Raised in the World of Everyday Poets, her chapbook of haibun, is available from Yavanika Press.
Her mother was a poet, and her father memorized and recited poems all his life. The book is a clear-eyed and moving tribute to both of them.
“Have you heard of the flawless, beautifully cut Blue Jager diamonds? Darlene O’Dell’s book is one such. It begins with these lines: ‘the creak of an old trunk’—a window to the soul indeed! Every haibun reveals a couple’s personalities, each facet clear as day. It’s a poignant and layered tribute written by a doting child. This book is not to be missed.” —Kala Ramesh
Darlene also has two haibun in contemporary haibun, Volume 18 (Red Moon Press, 2023).
Darlene O’Dell’s poetry has been published in Modern Haiku, Sonic Boom,
Contemporary Haibun, Frogpond, Presence, Wales Haiku Journal, failed haiku, Under the
Bashō, and the museum of americana. She was a teacher at Clemson University and
William and Mary and is the founder of Freewrite Fridays. She lives in the
mountains of North Carolina.