From HNA Conference Anthologies

It has been my privilege to edit and design all of the anthologies for the biennial Haiku North America conferences, an event I cofounded in 1991, and to publish each of these books with my press, Press Here. The following are selections of my poems from these anthologies, including a new poem for the 2015 anthology, Fire in the Treetops, that celebrated HNAs twenty-fifth anniversary. For sample poems by numerous other contributors to these anthologies, see the Books page. You can also see photos of the 2009 conference that took place in Ottawa, Ontario, in album one, album two, and album three. Also see photos from the 2011 conference in Seattle, Washington in albums one, two, three, four, and five.

 

 

old folks’ home—

     the square of light

          crosses the room

 

 

low summer sun—

the shadow of an earring

on your cheek

 

 

landing swallow—

the ship’s chain

dips slightly

 

 

summer solstice—

a rack full of hats

at the barbershop

 

 

sidewalk sale—

a corner bent over

in the used paperback

 

 

spring thaw—

the old scarecrow

a little taller

 

 

afternoon hike—

the pussy willows dwindling

from my handful


there, under the awning,
the man who stole
my parking space

 

 

fading sunset—

still the shine

on high-tension wires

 

 

Valentine’s Day—

a few clicks

of the swans’ beaks
 
 
a show of hands
in the jury room . . .
winter light


a hand sticking out
from the balcony below . . .
small rain


pumpkin weigh-in . . .
the judge
s motion
to lift off hands