From HNA Conference Anthologies

It has been my privilege to edit and design all of the anthologies for the biennial Haiku North America conferences, an event I cofounded in 1991, and to publish each of these books with my press, Press Here. The following are selections of my poems from these anthologies, including a new poem for the 2015 anthology, Fire in the Treetops, that celebrated HNAs twenty-fifth anniversary. For sample poems by numerous other contributors to these anthologies, see the Books page. You can also see photos of the 2009 conference that took place in Ottawa, Ontario, in album one, album two, and album three. Also see photos from the 2011 conference in Seattle, Washington in albums one, two, three, four, and five.



old folks’ home—

     the square of light

          crosses the room



low summer sun—

the shadow of an earring

on your cheek



landing swallow—

the ship’s chain

dips slightly



summer solstice—

a rack full of hats

at the barbershop



sidewalk sale—

a corner bent over

in the used paperback



spring thaw—

the old scarecrow

a little taller



afternoon hike—

the pussy willows dwindling

from my handful

there, under the awning,
the man who stole
my parking space



fading sunset—

still the shine

on high-tension wires



Valentine’s Day—

a few clicks

of the swans’ beaks
a show of hands
in the jury room . . .
winter light

a hand sticking out
from the balcony below . . .
small rain

pumpkin weigh-in . . .
the judge
s motion
to lift off hands

wood walk—
I catch the cobwebs
that miss my son

end of the year—
the swing’s muddy underside
reflected in a puddle                                                           +