Butterfly Dream Featured Poet

The following poems appeared in Butterfly Dream II (Ajax, Ontario: NeverEnding Story, 2016), edited by Chen-ou Liu, who also provided the Chinese translations (traditional and simplified). I was the featured poet for this issue, and the first poem won the issue’s best-of-issue award. All poems have been previously published elsewhere.


“Inspiration for haiku comes from the seasons, reading, conversations, or other experiences. But don’t write about your emotions. Instead, write about what caused your emotions. That makes all the difference.” —Michael Dylan Welch

              train depot—
                a wet leaf clings
                to the stroller wheel



                                                                                                        unused symphony ticket—
                                                                                                        the price
                                                                                                        when she was a girl



                I learn something new
                about my mother