Close to the Wind

Michael Dylan Welch and William Hart, editors. Naia, illustrations.

Press Here, Sammamish, Washington, 2013, 52 pages, 97 poets (one poem each), ISBN 978-1-878798-35-0.

The 2013 Haiku North America conference took place August 14 to 18 aboard the Queen Mary, docked in the harbour at Long Beach, California. This book’s introduction says “We hope you enjoy reading the poems in this anthology, our second largest in more than twenty years of biennial HNA conferences. As with all previous anthologies, we’ve arranged the poems by each poet’s first name. Even when gales are lashing and we’re sailing close to the wind, here’s hoping we can maintain our close-knit spirit of community and always remain on a first-name basis.” You can also read the entire introduction and order the book on Amazon. See also the Press Here page for this book. Here are thirty-five sample poems from the anthology.

the river fills with stars . . .

we always thought

we would have tomorrow

Angela Terry

Lake Forest Park, Washington

a spider strand

catches the last of the sun

the clamor of mynahs

Angelee Deodhar

Chandigarh, India

Bohemian waxwings—

and I didn’t even have

a bucket list

Billie Wilson

Juneau, Alaska


the (OMG venomous!) centipede

in my hand

Carolyn Hall

San Francisco, California

she drones on

about writing from the heart

the hard conference chairs

Charles Trumbull

Santa Fe, New Mexico

rolling hills—

wheat pennies in the jar

on my father’s desk

Cherie Hunter Day

Cupertino, California

home again

after a week on the road

plum blossoms

Deborah P Kolodji

Temple City, California

after sunset

sometimes the clouds light up

let’s wait and see

Don Eulert

Santa Ysabel, California

prison concert—

the harpist peering out

through the strings

Don McLeod

Sherman Oaks, California

wet sand—

the stork’s legs

twice as long

Ellen Cooper

Montréal, Québec

the potato peeler on the table

pointing to him—

life is sometimes quiet

Gene Myers

Rockaway, New Jersey

dry riverbed

too late to say


Jennifer Sutherland

Glen Waverley, Australia

lotus buds

the glint of pennies

in the fountain

Joshua Gage

Cleveland, Ohio

they can tie the knot

after all

those years in the closet

kris moon

Kanagawa, Japan

beach house—

the scent of sunscreen

in an unmade bed

Linda M. Papanicolaou

Palo Alto, California

piano fugue—

Glen Gould’s

twenty fingers

Luce Pelletier

St. Basile le Grand, Québec


where there is no mountain

a mountain

Margaret Beverland

Katikati, New Zealand

branding time

the sun-tanned ‘V’

on the cowhand’s neck

Margaret Chula

Portland, Oregon

a hand sticking out

from the balcony below . . .

small rain

Michael Dylan Welch

Sammamish, Washington

where other trees

reach upwards

the willow

Michael Rehling

Presque Isle, Michigan

buoy bells . . .

her plan to forget one man

with another


Temecula, California

arriving late—

the others’ footprints


Pamela Cooper

Montréal, Québec

frost-covered car

now some drama

in my life

Patrick Gallagher

San Francisco, California

windfall apple

a few geese that should

have moved on

paul m.

Bristol, Rhode Island

at sunset memory feathers weighed against a cheek

Richard Gilbert

Kumamoto, Japan

distant party

a bush moth’s wings beat

on the porch light

Ron C. Moss

Leslie Vale, Australia

wind from the south

her finger traces the character

for snow

Sandra Simpson

Tauranga, New Zealand

old hunting knife—

in the blood groove a trickle

of pear juice

Scott Mason

Chappaqua, New York

the living room

now looking less lived-in—

spring cleaning

Sean Carlton

West Hollywood, California

cello music

the hotel room

feels warmer

Sheila Sondik

Bellingham, Washington

Sparrows flit by.

Even the sick child

finds a smile.

Steve Carter

Menlo Park, California

curriculum vitae

the years

that went missing

Susan Antolin

Walnut Creek, California

summer dream

the earring maker’s hands

on my neck

Terry Ann Carter

Victoria, British Columbia

fall twilight

in the bungalow for rent

a vacuum sings

William Hart

Montrose, California

Budding cherry

let’s forget the formalities

and get started

Yu Chang

Schenectady, New York