My Poems in Haiku Society of America Anthologies

I first proposed, inspired by the tradition in Haiku Canada, that the Haiku Society of America publish an annual membership anthology. Consequently, in 1993, I introduced and did the layout and design for the first HSA anthology. Since then, I’ve been an advisor to most editors of subsequent anthologies, and have written an extensive HSA Publications Guide that I now share with each editor. The following are all of the poems from these anthologies, with the title and year of each anthology. At the end are notes about a few of the poems.

 

 

1993 — When Butterflies Come

 

after-dinner mints

passed around the table

. . . slow-falling snow

 

 

1994 — Dreams Wander

 

a crying ghost—

halloween loot bag

burst on the sidewalk

 

 

1995 — One Breath

 

dust settles

after the passing car

. . . the slow windmill

 

 

1996 — A Solitary Leaf

 

home for Christmas:

my childhood desk drawer

empty                                                                                                                                                                 +   +   +

 

 

1997 — From a Kind Neighbor

 

roar of the missed bus—

the stone I kicked

falls into a storm drain

 

 

1998 — Light and Shadow

 

together

we take the old dog’s route

summer rain

 

 

1999 — Intersections

 

  muddy lakeshore—

            paw print

on the monarch’s wing

 

 

2000 — Crinkled Sunshine

 

so taken by the doodle

               on your bookmark

       I lose your place

 

 

2001 — Voices and Echoes

 

commuter train—

    that girl again

reading another romance

 

 

2002 — Bits of Itself

 

night flight—

a little girl turns her doll

to face me

 

          (after J. D. Salinger)

 

 

2003 — Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2003

 

gliding hawk—

the glint of sun

from a fish’s eye

 

 

2004 — Walking the Same Path

 

dust storm—

a fence post unweathered

below the soil line

 

 

2005 — Loose Change

 

morning sickness—

the patter of spring rain

on our new roof

 

 

2006 — Fish in Love

 

a lull in the wind—

the tips of pines

clearer in the fog

 

 

2007 — Flower of Another Country

 

into the lake,

      our skipping stones’

            intermingling rings

 

 

2008 — Dandelion Clocks

 

lazy day . . .

I give her wind chime

a stir

 

 

2009 — A Travel-Worn Satchel

 

sharp Winnipeg wind . . .

     walking backwards

          to the bus

 

 

2010 — Sharing the Sun

 

Darwin’s barberry

the place where

the skid marks stop

 

 

2011 — In Pine Shade

 

morning light—

the seedpod rattles

in the baby’s hand

 


2013 — This World

 

on the merry-go-round

with my daughter

a few fallen leaves

 


2014 — Take-out Window

 

yard sale—

a row of empty jars

tinged slightly red

 

Notes

1993: I wrote the introduction for this first HSA anthology, and also did the layout and design.

1995: Unfortunately, this poem does not actually appear in the anthology. Although formally accepted for publication, the poem was accidentally omitted from the book due to an editorial error.

1997: The first line was incorrectly printed as “roar of a missed bus.”

1998: I did the layout and design for this anthology.

2009: This was a very old poem of mine (and feels weaker to me), but I submitted it because the theme of the anthology was place names and specific locations. I wanted to represent Winnipeg, because I used to live there.

2012: The HSA anthology was never published this year, hence the gap.