Michael Dylan Welch and Scott Wiggerman, editors. Lidia Rozmus, illustrations.

Press Here, Sammamish, Washington, 2017, 84 pages, 183 poets (one poem each), ISBN 978-1-878798-38-1.

Earthsigns collects haiku and senryu by 183 attendees of the 2017 Haiku North America conference, held September 13 to 17, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Scott Wiggerman, this anthology features many of the leading poets writing haiku in English, together with petroglyph-themed illustrations by Lidia Rozmus. The book’s introduction begins by saying “Renowned Santa Fe artist Georgia O’Keeffe said, ‘When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.’ We find such sharing and celebration in this book’s poems.” It also says “May each poem be a flower in your hand, your world for the moment.” You can read the entire introduction, see the contributor list, and order the book online. See also the Press Here page for this book. Here are forty-six sample poems from the anthology, the largest in Haiku North America’s history.

wearing a blue

I have never seen before

Sangre de Cristos

            Alan S. Bridges

            Littleton, Massachusetts

canyon sunset . . .

so much of his story

I never knew

            Angela Terry

            Lake Forest Park, Washington


raiu kite yureru hamura no kotoritachi


the shapes of birds

among the swaying leaves

            Aya Yuhki

            Tokyo, Japan

night of stars—

old wooden crosses lean

into the land

            Betty Arnold

            Saratoga, California

                                                                                                rubbing oil

                                                                                                into the baseball glove

                                                                                                birthday snow

                                                                                                            Bill Cooper

                                                                                                            Midlothian, Virginia

                                                                                                pink hoodoos

                                                                                                only my left arm


                                                                                                            Billie Dee

                                                                                                            Las Cruces, New Mexico

                                                                                                white hiking socks

                                                                                                a little less

                                                                                                Red Rock country

                                                                                                            Brad Bennett

                                                                                                            Arlington, Massachusetts

                                                                                                new table

                                                                                                the years it took

                                                                                                to grow the trees

                                                                                                            Carolyn Winkler

                                                                                                            Portland, Oregon

sea breeze

the salt taste

in her kiss

            Ce Rosenow

            Eugene, Oregon

waking from a dream

without a center

misty crescent moon

            Charles Trumbull

            Santa Fe, New Mexico

en mar azul

como ballenas muertas

dos rocas negras

on the blue sea

like dead whales

two black rocks

            Cristina Rascón

            Ciudad de México, México

shorter days

the leaves and my hair

change color

            David Oates

            Athens, Georgia

                                                                                                rocking lightly

                                                                                                in a slight breeze

                                                                                                cicada shell

                                                                                                            Don Wentworth

                                                                                                            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                                                                                                global warming . . .

                                                                                                a stamp from Mars

                                                                                                on the envelope

                                                                                                            Fay Aoyagi

                                                                                                            San Francisco, California

                                                                                                terracotta moon

                                                                                                the door propped open

                                                                                                with a broom

                                                                                                            Francine Banwarth

                                                                                                            Dubuque, Iowa

                                                                                                Moving . . .

                                                                                                I take my seashell collection

                                                                                                back to the beach

                                                                                                            Garry Gay

                                                                                                            Santa Rosa, California

dust bathing

a jackrabbit

kind of day

            Jeff Hoagland

            Hopewell, New Jersey

morning coffee

the roses and i

find some common ground

            Jennifer Hambrick

            Columbus, Ohio

before my time

a thunder egg

split in two

            Jennifer Sutherland

            Viewbank, Australia

                                                                                                sharing spicy tamales

                                                                                                our conversation

                                                                                                perks up

                                                                                                            Joan Prefontaine

                                                                                                            Cottonwood, Arizona

                                                                                                penny for your thoughts

                                                                                                he says . . . she says

                                                                                                way too much

                                                                                                            Johnye Strickland

                                                                                                            Maumelle, Arkansas

                                                                                                Down in the canyon

                                                                                                the yellow light of a hogan—

                                                                                                threat of male rain

                                                                                                            Josette Pellet

                                                                                                            Lausanne, Switzerland

            Julie Warther

            Dover, Ohio


hitching a ride

on its own light

            Kala Ramesh

            Pune, India


on the blue hills

day moon


            Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

too late braking the hitchhiker’s middle finger

            Lew Watts

            Santa Fe, New Mexico

                                                                                                Ghost Ranch

                                                                                                no need

                                                                                                for a dreamcatcher

                                                                                                            Lidia Rozmus

                                                                                                            Vernon Hills, Illinois

                                                                                                flyover country—

                                                                                                the speck of a tractor

                                                                                                plowing dusk

                                                                                                            Linda Papanicolaou

                                                                                                            Palo Alto, California

                                                                                                vintage ring its life before us

                                                                                                            Linda Weir

                                                                                                            Bowie, Maryland

                                                                                                trickster wind

                                                                                                a beach ball

                                                                                                travels down the coast

                                                                                                            Lynne Jambor

                                                                                                            Vancouver, British Columbia

alive as it’s ever been

earthworm in the robin’s bill

            Marian Olson

            Santa Fe, New Mexico

worn smooth by wind

layers of light seep

into a cavern

            Marietta McGregor

            Canberra, Australia

waxed apples

am told I have

my mother’s smile

            Maxianne Berger

            Montréal, Québec

woods walk—

I catch the cobwebs

that miss my son

            Michael Dylan Welch

            Sammamish, Washington

                                                                                                holding the sunset

                                                                                                the red clay

                                                                                                of the infield

                                                                                                            Michael Ketchek

                                                                                                            Rochester, New York

                                                                                                deleting her

                                                                                                last text

                                                                                                scent of snow

                                                                                                            paul m.

                                                                                                            Bristol, Rhode Island

                                                                                                firehouse fish fry—

                                                                                                from the makeshift stage

                                                                                                the banjo’s heat

                                                                                                            Penny Harter

                                                                                                            Mays Landing, New Jersey

                                                                                                the park road

                                                                                                would take longer . . .

                                                                                                month of leaves

                                                                                                            Robert Gilliland

                                                                                                            Austin, Texas

my inner Chiyo-ni

walking the red path

to Chimayó

            Robin White

            Deerfield, New Hampshire

mammatus clouds

the cries of hawks

build above me

            Sandi Pray

            St. Johns, Florida

mountain’s outline

the difference walking


            Scott Wiggerman

            Albuquerque, New Mexico

tule elk . . .


the way home

            Sharon Pretti

            San Francisco, California


                                                                                                talk of building

                                                                                                a wall

                                                                                                            Tanya McDonald

                                                                                                            Woodinville, Washington


                                                                                                tōhoku ni haru achikochi to fukinotō

                                                                                                Tōhoku’s spring—

                                                                                                here and there

                                                                                                the butterbur buds

                                                                                                            Teruko Kumei

                                                                                                            Tokyo, Japan


                                                                                                I pocket a stone

                                                                                                meant for the sea

                                                                                                            Tom Painting

                                                                                                            Atlanta, Georgia


                                                                                                the river rolls

                                                                                                off my tongue

                                                                                                            Vicki McCullough

                                                                                                            Vancouver, British Columbia