Tag Archives: Melissa Allen

nothing in the window . . .

After a month of procrastination, I finally ordered and just received my copy of nothing in the window: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku–the 17th volume in editor Jim Kacian’s annual Red Moon Press series honoring the previous calendar year’s … Continue reading

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Flower Children . . .

  We trickle in before noon dressed in tie-dye and paisley.  Vests fringed with suede ribbons that sway in the breeze.  Crazy quilt jeans that accentuate the curve of hip, buttocks, thigh.  There are polka dots, feathers, headbands and beads.  … Continue reading

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Catching up . . .

As a month-long celebration of poetry comes to a close, I can hear a collective sigh as poets across the World Wide Web catch their breath and wonder what to do with all the virtual blank space they see stretching before … Continue reading

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A word (or two) about monostich . . .

  giving voice to my night coyotes Modern Haiku, vol. 43.1, Winter/Spring 2012 I’ve recently started trying my hand at monostich, or one-line haiku–the English-language version of the Japanese practice of writing haiku in one horizontal line across the page.  Some months ago … Continue reading

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Autumn confessional . . .

blind alley . . . she takes a turn for the worse           Modern Haiku, vol. 42.3, Autumn 2011 Confession #1:  Not all haiku/senryū are strictly autobiographical.  Confession #2:  I sometimes live in my head.  Confession #3:  I like living there.  … Continue reading

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Dragonfly news . . .

high notes a red dragonfly skims across the sound My ku-buddy Melissa Allen, whose work is a constant source of inspiration, has put out a call for all things dragonfly (i.e., haiku, haiga, tanka) to be posted on her Red Dragonfly … Continue reading

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Summer storms . . .

all around us the violence of last night’s storm unpredictable as the bouquet of roses you lay down beside me                Simply Haiku, vol. 9, #2,  Summer 2011 I’m honored to be a small part of an exceptional, 8th anniversary … Continue reading

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Warming up to winter . . .

winter morning– too cold to notice the difference It’s cold.  Very cold.  I don’t much care for the cold, but I’ve already written about that.  Even so, before I had to pitch myself into yesterday’s sub-freezing temperatures, I sat down with a … Continue reading

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More birds . . .

It’s funny how the world becomes a little bit more synchronistic this time of year.  Maybe it’s just the seasonal magic that comes along to remind us that nothing–and everything–is new, depending on how you view life and love and, yes, … Continue reading

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Homage: Frog-age . . .

Recently, Melissa Allen of Red Dragonfly posted a string of brilliant “afters” inspired by some of the master Bashō’s haiku.  As a translator, I know how difficult (impossible?) it is to translate either French or Spanish poetry into English, but Japanese . . … Continue reading

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