A blog devoted mainly to haiku and senryu and to thoughts about, and inspired by, haiku and senryu.

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Haiku is to poetry as espresso is to coffee.

Friday, February 29, 2008


sports bar
the barmaid
knows the score
(Published in Simply Haiku)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

in the city

snow in the city
nobody home
in the cardboard box
(Magnapoets January 2008 [premiere issue])

Thursday, February 21, 2008


spikey grass
the hard bright sun
of winter

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Another for WCW

a rusted wheelbarrow
catches the sun

Sunday, February 17, 2008

look familiar?

this is just to say
the plums in the icebox
are for breakfast
(Shiki Kukai, January 2008)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

New Journal

The premier issue of Magnapoets journal, edited by our friend Aurora Antonovic, has just appeared. The journal will be published biannually. For information regarding submissions and subscriptions, go to http://www.magnapoets.com. Single copies are $5; a 2-issue annual subscription, $10.

Contents include an interview with Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States, fiction, poetry (including a poem by my friend Collin Barber), short stories, articles, and tanka. And, of course, haiku and senryu, including two of mine, which I'll be posting here in the near future.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

love poem

Valentine's Day
she asks her aging husband
if he needs to pee
(Overheard at a restaurant this evening, February 14.)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


baseball field
winter wind
on the mound
(Published in Sketchbook)

Saturday, February 09, 2008


No, I'm not running for president. But you may notice some changes, made in the interests of clarity, in the list of links to the left. Most of the blogs are now identified by the owner's name. This will help especially if you want to explore the work of one of our frequent visitors.

cold moon

cold moon
the silence
of the carousel
(Second place, Sketchbook kukai, January 2008)

Thursday, February 07, 2008


men in gray suits
guide the dragon
Happy lunar new year!
(Published, in a slightly different version, at Sketchbook)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Ash Wednesday
this is the year
he'll quit
(Directly inspired by a mardi gras ku by polona, which I have just read at her blog; click on crows & daisies to the left.)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Super II & III

Tuesday afternoon
arguments over the game
dying down
Super Tuesday
no one comes out
[Super Tuesday: 22 states are holding presidential primaries today.]

Sunday, February 03, 2008


midwinter night
an overturned trash can
back and forth
[February 4 is "midwinter day"--exactly halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. I'm grateful to mankh, poet and friend, for pointing this out.]

Saturday, February 02, 2008


Super Bowl Sunday
she asks if there's anything
on television

groundhog day 2008

groundhog day
some of that gray
is my shadow

Friday, February 01, 2008


Only 9 Days Left
[From an ad for a show at Radio City Music Hall in this morning's NY Times]