Earthsigns

Michael Dylan Welch and Scott Wiggerman, editors. Lidia Rozmus, illustrations. Press Here, Sammamish, Washington, 2017, 84 pages, 183 poets (one poem each), ISBN 978-1-878798-38-1.

Earthsigns
collects haiku and senryu by 183 attendees of the 2017 Haiku North America conference, held September 13 to 17, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Scott Wiggerman, this anthology features many of the leading poets writing haiku in English, together with petroglyph-themed illustrations by Lidia Rozmus. The book’s introduction begins by saying “Renowned Santa Fe artist Georgia O’Keeffe said, ‘When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.’ We find such sharing and celebration in this book’s poems.” It also says “May each poem be a flower in your hand, your world for the moment.” You can read the entire introduction, see the contributor list, and order the book online. Here are forty-six sample poems from the anthology, the largest in Haiku North America
s history.


wearing a blue
I have never seen before
Sangre de Cristos

            Alan S. Bridges
            Littleton, Massachusetts



canyon sunset . . .
so much of his story
I never knew

            Angela Terry
            Lake Forest Park, Washington


雷雨きて揺れる葉むらの小鳥たち
raiu kite yureru hamura no kotoritachi

thunderstorm—
the shapes of birds
among the swaying leaves

            Aya Yuhki
            Tokyo, Japan



night of stars—
old wooden crosses lean
into the land

            Betty Arnold
            Saratoga, California


                                                                                                rubbing oil
                                                                                                into the baseball glove
                                                                                                birthday snow

                                                                                                            Bill Cooper
                                                                                                            Midlothian, Virginia


                                                                                                pink hoodoos
                                                                                                only my left arm
                                                                                                sunburned

                                                                                                            Billie Dee
                                                                                                            Las Cruces, New Mexico


                                                                                                white hiking socks
                                                                                                a little less
                                                                                                Red Rock country

                                                                                                            Brad Bennett
                                                                                                            Arlington, Massachusetts


                                                                                                new table
                                                                                                the years it took
                                                                                                to grow the trees

                                                                                                            Carolyn Winkler
                                                                                                            Portland, Oregon


sea breeze
the salt taste
in her kiss

            Ce Rosenow
            Eugene, Oregon


waking from a dream
without a center
misty crescent moon

            Charles Trumbull
            Santa Fe, New Mexico


en mar azul
como ballenas muertas
dos rocas negras

on the blue sea
like dead whales
two black rocks

            Cristina Rascón
            Ciudad de México, México


shorter days
the leaves and my hair
change color

            David Oates
            Athens, Georgia


                                                                                                rocking lightly
                                                                                                in a slight breeze
                                                                                                cicada shell

                                                                                                            Don Wentworth
                                                                                                            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


                                                                                                global warming . . .
                                                                                                a stamp from Mars
                                                                                                on the envelope

                                                                                                            Fay Aoyagi
                                                                                                            San Francisco, California


                                                                                                terracotta moon
                                                                                                the door propped open
                                                                                                with a broom

                                                                                                            Francine Banwarth
                                                                                                            Dubuque, Iowa


                                                                                                Moving . . .
                                                                                                I take my seashell collection
                                                                                                back to the beach

                                                                                                            Garry Gay
                                                                                                            Santa Rosa, California


dust bathing
a jackrabbit
kind of day

            Jeff Hoagland
            Hopewell, New Jersey


morning coffee
the roses and i
find some common ground

            Jennifer Hambrick
            Columbus, Ohio



before my time
a thunder egg
split in two

            Jennifer Sutherland
            Viewbank, Australia


                                                                                                sharing spicy tamales
                                                                                                our conversation
                                                                                                perks up

                                                                                                            Joan Prefontaine
                                                                                                            Cottonwood, Arizona


                                                                                                penny for your thoughts
                                                                                                he says . . . she says
                                                                                                way too much

                                                                                                            Johnye Strickland
                                                                                                            Maumelle, Arkansas


                                                                                                Down in the canyon
                                                                                                the yellow light of a hogan—
                                                                                                threat of male rain

                                                                                                            Josette Pellet
                                                                                                            Lausanne, Switzerland



            Julie Warther
            Dover, Ohio


firefly!
hitching a ride
on its own light

            Kala Ramesh
            Pune, India



snow
on the blue hills
day moon

            kjmunro
            Whitehorse, Yukon Territory



too late braking the hitchhiker’s middle finger

            Lew Watts
            Santa Fe, New Mexico



                                                                                                Ghost Ranch
                                                                                                no need
                                                                                                for a dreamcatcher

                                                                                                            Lidia Rozmus
                                                                                                            Vernon Hills, Illinois


                              flyover country—
                              the speck of a tractor
                              plowing dusk

                              
           Linda Papanicolaou
                              
           Palo Alto, California


                               vintage ring its life before us

                               
           Linda Weir
                               
           Bowie, Maryland


                                                                                                trickster wind
                                                                                                a beach ball
                                                                                                travels down the coast

                                                                                                            Lynne Jambor
                                                                                                            Vancouver, British Columbia


alive as it’s ever been
earthworm in the robin’s bill

            Marian Olson
            Santa Fe, New Mexico


worn smooth by wind
layers of light seep
into a cavern

            Marietta McGregor
            Canberra, Australia


waxed apples
am told I have
my mother’s smile

            Maxianne Berger
            Montréal, Québec



woods walk—
I catch the cobwebs
that miss my son

            Michael Dylan Welch
            Sammamish, Washington



                                                                                                holding the sunset
                                                                                                the red clay
                                                                                                of the infield

                                                                                                            Michael Ketchek
                                                                                                            Rochester, New York


                                                                                                deleting her
                                                                                                last text
                                                                                                scent of snow

                                                                                                            paul m.
                                                                                                            Bristol, Rhode Island


                                                                                                firehouse fish fry—
                                                                                                from the makeshift stage
                                                                                                the banjo’s heat

                                                                                                            Penny Harter
                                                                                                            Mays Landing, New Jersey


                                                                                                the park road
                                                                                                would take longer . . .
                                                                                                month of leaves

                                                                                                            Robert Gilliland
                                                                                                            Austin, Texas


my inner Chiyo-ni
walking the red path
to Chimayó

            Robin White
            Deerfield, New Hampshire



mammatus clouds
the cries of hawks
build above me

            Sandi Pray
            St. Johns, Florida


mountain’s outline
the difference walking
alone

            Scott Wiggerman
            Albuquerque, New Mexico


tule elk . . .
recalculating
the way home

            Sharon Pretti
            San Francisco, California


                                                                                                hummingbird—
                                                                                                talk of building
                                                                                                a wall

                                                                                                            Tanya McDonald
                                                                                                            Woodinville, Washington


                                                                                               
東北に春あちこちとふきのとう
                                                                                                tōhoku ni haru achikochi to fukinotō

                                                                                                Tōhoku’s spring—
                                                                                                here and there
                                                                                                the butterbur buds

                                                                                                            Teruko Kumei
                                                                                                            Tokyo, Japan


                                                                                                alluvium
                                                                                                I pocket a stone
                                                                                                meant for the sea

                                                                                                            Tom Painting
                                                                                                            Atlanta, Georgia


                                                                                                Similkameen
                                                                                                the river rolls
                                                                                                off my tongue

                                                                                                            Vicki McCullough
                                                                                                            Vancouver, British Columbia