Tracing the Fern

Michael Dylan Welch and Billie Wilson, editors. Press Here, Sammamish, Washington, 2005, 40 pages, 67 poets (two poems each), ISBN 1-878798-28-6.

 

For 2005, the Haiku North America conference moved to the northwest corner of the United States, taking place at Fort Worden Conference Center, Port Townsend, Washington. From the introduction: “This book’s title reminds us that the carefully chosen words of a memorable haiku are often like tracings of nature—so real that the reader is compelled to participate in the experience that inspired or informed the poem. In each of the haiku and senryu that follow, we hope you enjoy the participation.” The following are fifteen sample poems from the book.

 

 

neige qui fond

sous le soleil d’hiver

le bambou’s s’érige

 

snow melting

in the winter sun

—bamboo springs back

 

                Abigail Friedman

                Quebec City, Quebec

 

 

late summer

a hermit crab caught

between homes

 

                Carole MacRury

                Point Roberts, Washington

 

 

with soft lips

she plucks the purple thistle

—shetland pony

 

                Carol O’Dell

                Port Townsend, Washington

 

 

crossing a stream

     the bridge

my shadow makes

 

                Christopher Herold

                Port Townsend, Washington

 

 

out in the meadow

   she uses her

      “inside” voice

 

                Connie Hutchison

                Kirkland, Washington

 

 

summit

meeting

the wind

 

                Dietmar Tauchner

                Puchberg, Austria

 

 

bright rain puddle

the sun brings mountains

down to earth again

 

                Doris Thurston

                Port Townsend, Washington

 

 

forest romp

children shout from chanterelle

to matsutake

 

                Francine Porad

                Bellevue, Washington

 

 

Horizon moon

the snowman headless

no longer

 

                George Swede

                Toronto, Ontario

 

 

after the storm

the air filled with sweet smell

rice stalks fallen down

 

                Kimiyo Tanaka

                Matsuyama, Japan

 

 

afternoon hike—

the pussy willows dwindling

from my handful

 

                Michael Dylan Welch

                Sammamish, Washington

 

 

migratory ducks

I have never

kept a diary

 

                paul m.

                Bristol, Rhode Island

 

 

after love

she traces the ferns

in the window’s frost

 

                Penny Harter

                Summit, New Jersey

 

 

barefoot in dew:

across the alpine lake

the sweep of stars

 

                Ruth Yarrow

                Seattle, Washington

 

 

autumn morning—

the shape of the mountain

in the white cloud

 

                William J. Higginson

                Summit, New Jersey