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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Red Moon Anthology

I am honored to be included for the third year in a row in the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku. The poems chosen by Jim Kacian and the editors are
the child is learning
a stray dog
going my way
early spring
the earth
pushes back
["midwinter" was first published in Sketch Book; "stray dog" first appeared at the Shiki Kukai; "barefoot" was published in acorn; "stray dog" and "barefoot" have also appeared at this blog.]


Anonymous gautami tripathy said...


Love the first one very much.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Magyar said...

Well done, Bill... . _m

8:06 AM  
Blogger Devika said...

Hi Bill,

My reading could be very naive and raw...my appreciation and analysis work that way :)

1. Child learning subtraction:

A sign of progress -- after addition comes subtraction...but the learning never stops...especially when it goes into integration...

2. Stray dogs--

stray dogs evokes kindness in me, but never a pet dog..( clarified because Tikkis might wonder why I make opportunistic comments :))

3. Barefoot -- earth pushing back..

Mushy earth -- go bare foot only on hot sunny days...don't always take things for granted...you are 76 :)
(Not threatening; but shouldn't forget reality)


8:59 AM  
Blogger polona said...

congratulations, bill. these are all good (but you know it).

10:50 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, gautami, magyar, polona.

Devika, winter may be seen as a season of subtraction, as the leaves have disappeared from the trees, etc.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Devika said...

Yeah Bill, I agree..

Readings of poem -- especially of Haiku -- can be had in many ways...

I have a good learning and training session by now. :)


7:50 PM  
Blogger Devika said...

But I go by the raw meaning...rest I will have in mind :)

thank you, dear Bill


7:51 PM  
Blogger Ken Wagner said...

I agree with the others - great work, deservedly recognized.

"the earth pushes back" really grabbed my mind. Thanks.

8:10 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

well deserved Bill

12:46 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

CONGRATULATIONS; i enjoyed them all

4:38 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

# 1 is a great haiku! And got somewhat deepening feeling from this discussion here in this comments section. Nice and good comments!

It's always a pleasure to read your texts and all the comments here!

10:52 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Devika, John, Ken, Gillena, and tikkis, my thanks.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Collin said...

Congratulations, Bill!

I love all three of these, especially "barefoot".

9:51 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thank you, Collin. (Collin, by the way, is also making his third consecutive appearance in the Red Moon Anthology.)

6:50 PM  
Blogger jem said...

Well done on your selection.

The first one is lovely, and I feel I can relate. Winter really is a time when more and more is taken away, but at least it makes us value what is left behind.

4:20 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

I like

the earth
pushes back"

...like a mutual understanding, feeling of peace, balance perhaps

6:06 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for that thoughtful reading, jem.

Yes, balance and peace, Nathan, but also drive, energy. Thanks.

9:56 AM  
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