New England Memories is an eMagazine that celebrates the uniqueness of the New England landscape and its people in true stories, poetry, artwork, and photography. Since Linda Thomas started this venture (and a jump over to her site reveals she has a hand in many publications) New England Memories has been open to the haiku genre. In the fall of 2015, Susan Murata published some great haiku here & I am happy to have had two haiku accepted by New England Memories for their Fall 2016 Issue here. Thanks, Linda Thomas!
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts is the final resting place of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel & Sophia Hawthorne, as well as Louisa May Alcott. They may all be found in a section of the cemetery adeptly called “Author’s Ridge.”
Back in January 2014, Stonehill College ran an article on my English class and Professor Laura Scales about her course: Living American Literature. When asked to discuss my experience I said:
“I have grown up in New England my whole life, but after this class I find my own backyard is a mystery in need of exploration. American history is tumultuous. The class was tossed upon the Mayflower in Plimoth. We met Louisa May Alcott a couple of hundred years later; and while in Concord, we paid a visit to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s former residence (I found a small, vacant beehive in the attic – my souvenir!).
The literature with which we were engaged in class gave us as wide an experience as the places we traveled and the beaches we walked upon. My perspective of the literary canon grew to include sermons, journals, and letters. And I also learned if you were affluent and wanted to show off, you hammered extra nails into your front door. It’s the little things that made this class truly special.—Thomas Sacramona, Class of 2015”
I know my first haiku in New England Memories began during this travel experience to historical sites in New England and through our class engagement with the Transcendental literature. Please read more about the class and what we accomplished at Stonehill College here. Below is that first haiku:
even the well-trodden graves
have busy ants
© Tom Sacramona
© “Hitting the Road in Search of American National Identity” Stonehill College