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