Michael Dylan Welch, Carol Purington, and Larry Kimmel, editors. Karen Klein, ink brush drawings. Press Here, Foster City, California, 2001, 40 pages, 101 poets (one poem each) plus five poems from a children’s haiku contest, ISBN 1-878798-24-3.


In 2001, the Haiku North America conference was held at the Boston Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. In the introduction, we wrote the following: “A sheaf of haiku may be held together by a paperclip until the clip grows rusty and stains the paper. But age stains do not accumulate on words containing the images and energy of a well-lived moment, nor does age touch the poet who can consistently find words to illuminate the unseen or the overlooked.” Here are twenty-four sample poems, including two translations, from the book.



spring sun—

the carriage horse shakes off

a cloud of dust


                A. C. Missias

                Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



under and over

the creaking pier

a pair of swallows


                Angelee Deodhar

                Chandigarh, India



mall about to close—

from each store the clatter

of clerks counting coins


                Carlos W. Colón

                Shreveport, Louisiana



Good Friday service

A branch of pussywillows

throws spiky shadows


                Carol Purington

                Colrain, Massachusetts



mammogram waiting room

she rips a page

from a magazine


                Carolyn Hall

                San Francisco, California



autumn equinox—

child of my child racing past

without training wheels


                Claire Gallagher

                Sunnyvale, California



the rusted paperclip

has stained my old poem

wind in the eaves


                Cor van den Heuvel

                New York, New York



the puddles they run thru—

the part of the sky

that shakes


                Gary Hotham

                Laurel, Maryland



furuike no kawazu oiyuku ochiba kana




     the frog of the ancient pond

grows old—

     fallen leaves


                Haruo Shirane, translator

                New York, New York



Sezannu / iro nusumarete / shiro ajisai


                Himeyo Kamiyama

                Koyama, Tochigi, Japan


Its color stolen

                        by Cézanne

                                           white hydrangea


                Hiroaki Sato, translator

                New York, New York



peeling paint

she sorts the letters

from her youth


                Ion Codrescu

                Constanta, Romania



first warm day—

two old women bring daisies

to a gravesite


                Jim Kacian

                Winchester, Virginia



July swelter

in a paint store

rumba of the mixers


                Judson Evans

                Holbrook, Massachusetts



evening shower

a lightly clothed woman

holding her breasts


                Kaji Aso

                Boston, Massachusetts



heat lightning

the dampness

along her hairline


                Karen Klein

                Cambridge, Massachusetts



away from the party din

Jupiter’s bold shine

among black boughs


                Larry Kimmel

                Colrain, Massachusetts



wild cherry blossoms

the ritual adjustment

of her short skirt


                Lee Gurga

                Lincoln, Illinois



sidewalk sale—

a corner bent over

in the used paperback


                Michael Dylan Welch

                Foster City, California



the NASDAQ plunges—

a dark shadow

between her breasts


                Paul David Mena

                Cochituate, Massachusetts



narrow path

a streak of pollen

on one sleeve


                Peggy Willis Lyles

                Tucker, Georgia



that path again

snow over

last night’s footprints


                Raffael de Gruttola

                Natick, Massachusetts



the rice-planting girl

raises her head

like the heron


                Shokan (Tadashi) Kondō

                Nakano, Japan



the cat’s eyes

     so wide

          for a gnat


                Tom Clausen

                Ithaca, New York



fire in the treetops

the truck races down the street

trailing its hose


                William J. Higginson

                Santa Fe, New Mexico