Close to the Wind

Michael Dylan Welch and William Hart, editors. Naia, illustrations. Press Here, Sammamish, Washington, 2013, 52 pages, 97 poets (one poem each), ISBN 978-1-878798-35-0.

The 2013 Haiku North America conference took place August 14 to 18 aboard the Queen Mary, docked in the harbour at Long Beach, California. This book’s introduction says “We hope you enjoy reading the poems in this anthology, our second largest in more than twenty years of biennial HNA conferences. As with all previous anthologies, we’ve arranged the poems by each poet’s first name. Even when gales are lashing and we’re sailing close to the wind, here’s hoping we can maintain our close-knit spirit of community and always remain on a first-name basis.” You can also read the entire introduction and order the book online. Here are thirty-five sample poems from the anthology.

 

the river fills with stars . . .

we always thought

we would have tomorrow


            Angela Terry
            Lake Forest Park, Washington



a spider strand

catches the last of the sun

the clamor of mynahs


            Angelee Deodhar
            Chandigarh, India



Bohemian waxwings—

and I didn’t even have

a bucket list


            Billie Wilson
            Juneau, Alaska



Googling

the (OMG venomous!) centipede

in my hand


            Carolyn Hall
            San Francisco, California



she drones on

about writing from the heart

the hard conference chairs


            Charles Trumbull
            Santa Fe, New Mexico



rolling hills—

wheat pennies in the jar

on my father’s desk


            Cherie Hunter Day
            Cupertino, California



home again

after a week on the road

plum blossoms


            Deborah P Kolodji
            Temple City, California



after sunset

     sometimes the clouds light up

let’s wait and see


            Don Eulert
            Santa Ysabel, California



prison concert—

the harpist peering out

through the strings


            Don McLeod
            Sherman Oaks, California



wet sand—

the stork’s legs

twice as long


            Ellen Cooper
            Montréal, Québec



the potato peeler on the table

pointing to him—

life is sometimes quiet


            Gene Myers
            Rockaway, New Jersey



dry riverbed

too late to say

sorry


            Jennifer Sutherland
            Glen Waverley, Australia



lotus buds

the glint of pennies

in the fountain


            Joshua Gage
            Cleveland, Ohio



they can tie the knot

after all

those years in the closet


            kris moon
            Kanagawa, Japan



beach house—

the scent of sunscreen

in an unmade bed


            Linda M. Papanicolaou
            Palo Alto, California



piano fugue—

Glen Gould’s

twenty fingers


            Luce Pelletier
            St. Basile le Grand, Québec



clouds,

where there is no mountain

a mountain


            Margaret Beverland
            Katikati, New Zealand



branding time

the sun-tanned ‘V’

on the cowhand’s neck


            Margaret Chula
            Portland, Oregon



a hand sticking out

from the balcony below . . .

small rain


            Michael Dylan Welch
            Sammamish, Washington



where other trees

reach upwards

the willow


            Michael Rehling
            Presque Isle, Michigan



buoy bells . . .

her plan to forget one man

with another


            Naia
            Temecula, California



arriving late—

the others’ footprints

snow-filled


            Pamela Cooper
            Montréal, Québec



frost-covered car

now some drama

in my life


            Patrick Gallagher
            San Francisco, California



windfall apple

a few geese that should

have moved on


            paul m.
            Bristol, Rhode Island



at sunset memory feathers weighed against a cheek


            Richard Gilbert
            Kumamoto, Japan



distant party

a bush moth’s wings beat

on the porch light


            Ron C. Moss
            Leslie Vale, Australia



      wind from the south

her finger traces the character

              for snow


            Sandra Simpson
            Tauranga, New Zealand



old hunting knife—

in the blood groove a trickle

of pear juice


            Scott Mason
            Chappaqua, New York



the living room

now looking less lived-in—

spring cleaning


            Sean Carlton
            West Hollywood, California



cello music

the hotel room

feels warmer


            Sheila Sondik
            Bellingham, Washington



Sparrows flit by.

Even the sick child

  finds a smile.


            Steve Carter
            Menlo Park, California



curriculum vitae

the years

that went missing


            Susan Antolin
            Walnut Creek, California



summer dream

the earring maker’s hands

on my neck


            Terry Ann Carter
            Victoria, British Columbia



fall twilight

in the bungalow for rent

a vacuum sings


            William Hart
            Montrose, California



Budding cherry

let’s forget the formalities

and get started


            Yu Chang
            Schenectady, New York