October 15: 1-5 (Geese fly), and A Short Discourse on Kigo

geese fly — towing darkness behind them geese fly — change dribbles out of my pocket geese fly — this lover, too, is cold geese fly — down trickles out of our pillow geese fly — haiku etched in the sky _____________________ I wrote half a dozen more of these, but I wouldn’t inflict them … Continue reading October 15: 1-5 (Geese fly), and A Short Discourse on Kigo

Travelogue

I was told that nowhere was the place to go so I Googled it and found cheap tickets. A cruise on a tramp steamer, followed by a balloon ride, followed by a stint on a rickshaw, ending up, naturally, with a five-hundred-mile walk into the interior of nothing. That’s not nothing. I spent six months … Continue reading Travelogue

Off-Road

for Martin Lucas I started out the day spinning my car into a ditch before dawn. When it was spinning I didn’t know where it was going, only that I wasn’t in control of it. There might have been a tree waiting for me, or another car, or a cliff. It was too dark to … Continue reading Off-Road

Across the Haikuverse, No. 28: The On Beyond Zebra Edition

Sometimes 26 letters are not enough. Dr. Seuss fans will know what I’m talking about. Anyone who writes seriously at all, I’m guessing, is frequently frustrated by the inadequacy of language to express the full range of things there are to express in the world. There aren’t words for everything. There aren’t even combinations of words … Continue reading Across the Haikuverse, No. 28: The On Beyond Zebra Edition

Across the Haikuverse, No. 23: Back to School Edition

My kindergarten teacher was worried about me because I liked to read. In those days kindergarteners were supposed to occupy themselves only with playing, and socializing, and coloring in the letters of the alphabet on worksheets just to familiarize themselves with the shapes that they would be introduced to more thoroughly in first grade. But … Continue reading Across the Haikuverse, No. 23: Back to School Edition

Across the Haikuverse, No. 12: The Imperative Mood Edition

I’m feeling a little bossy this week, maybe because I’ve spent so much of it being bossed around now that I’m back at school and work after my long winter break. “Read this! Write that! Discuss! Answer these questions! Learn this XML syntax! Go to this meeting! Hand in the proper forms! Scan these photos!” … Continue reading Across the Haikuverse, No. 12: The Imperative Mood Edition

1986

I wish you’d come see the cat. She no longer sleeps on the guest room bed. This was published in my high school literary magazine, after they rejected (with actual incredulous laughter) the haiku I really liked, which I can no longer find. It featured an upturned teapot, but I can’t remember anything else about … Continue reading 1986