From The Gulf Within

In 1991, with Christopher Herold, I edited The Gulf Within (San Francisco: Two Autumns Press) for the Haiku Poets of Northern California. The book records reactions to the Gulf War—the world’s first televised war—by thirty-four members of HPNC, covering the build-up to the war, Desert Storm itself, and then the unresolved aftermath. Below are my four contributions to the book. See also my review of Haiku Iz Rata: War Haiku.




rumours of war—

       the hoot owl





after hopscotch—

“hey, let’s go home

and watch the war”




tired of the war

       I turn to Johnny Carson—

              war jokes




small-town diner—

       the young widow

              opens her mail