Northern Lights

Michael Dylan Welch, editor, Press Here, Foster City, California, 1995, 24 pages, 50 poems by 29 poets, ISBN 1-878798-13-8.

 

With the 1995 conference, Haiku North America visited Canada for the first time, taking place at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto, Ontario. This conference’s anthology is divided into two sections, the first with more of a view towards nature and the seasons, titled “Northern Lights”; the second with more of a focus on senryu, titled “Northern Lights.” Here’s a quotation from the introduction: “Whether you are the lone haiku voice in an isolated town, or one of many talented poets in a single city enjoying much camaraderie, haiku is its own reward.” The following are fourteen sample poems from the book.

 

 

spring breeze—

some of the seedlings turn over

in the road

 

                Bruce Ross

                Rochester, New York

 

 

view windows

behind the guest speaker

wind twists the leaves

 

                Francine Porad

                Mercer Island, Washington

 

 

The river forks . . .

our raft drifts

through summer clouds

 

                Garry Gay

                Windsor, California

 

 

sss-pit, sss-pit

goes the sprinkler

among the cherry trees

 

                George Swede

                Toronto, Ontario

 

 

autumn sunset—

a berry between the toes

of a titmouse

 

                Jeff Witkin

                Potomac, Maryland

 

 

barefoot in wet grass

the soft bursting

of the slug

 

                Karen Sohne

                Amityville, New York

 

 

country road . . .

slanted sunbeams following

the pickup truck

 

                Kenneth C. Leibman

                Archer, Florida

 

 

dusk at winter’s end

the cardinal’s color

goes into its song

 

                LeRoy Gorman

                Napanee, Ontario

 

 

at the haiku workshop

everyone an expert

 

                Margaret Saunders

                Hamilton, Ontario

 

 

cool sunset—

on the footpath

a punctured balloon

 

                Martin Lucas

                Lancaster, England

 

 

cedar waxwings

in the hawthorn tree

red berry stains on the snow

 

                Patricia Neubauer

                Allentown, Pennsylvania

 

 

       steam rising

after the snow squall:

    buds on the lilac

 

                Timothy Russell

                Toronto, Ohio

 

 

summer solstice

          the cat wakes up

          a few minutes early

 

                William J. Higginson

                Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

 

a dark path

across the lawn

ends in a snowman

 

                Winona Baker

                Nanaimo, British Columbia