From Raku Teapot Haiku

Published in
Raku Teapot Haiku (Alton Bay, New Hampshire: Raku Teapot Press, 2003), a collection of 143 haiku by twenty-four poets, edited by Zolo and Layne Russell. The book also included a compact disc with recordings of all the poems. Contributors were all members of the Raku Teapot online haiku discussion group, which thrived from early 2001 until late 2004 or sometime in 2005. In my biographical note included in the book, I wrote that “The poems here were chosen for their focus on sound.” See also “2004 Raku Teapot Award” for results of a haiku contest I cojudged with Hortensia Anderson for the Raku Teapot group.

an old fiddle case
takes my coins
and the rain

                                                                                                        a crab apple
                                                                                                        from the highest branch
                                                                                                        rattles down the rain spout

snow-swept crossing—
the shudder
            through freight cars

                                                                                                        pressing the cold shaver
                                                                                                                 to my face—
                                                                                                        the motor changes pitch

empty silo—
           spring wind pops the metal
                      in and out

                                                                                                        wet beach sand—
                                                                                                                    a sandpiper’s song
                                                                                                                                of footprints