Northern Lights

Michael Dylan Welch, editor, Press Here, Foster City, California, 1995, 24 pages, 50 poems by 29 poets, ISBN 1-878798-13-8.

With the 1995 conference, Haiku North America visited Canada for the first time, taking place at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto, Ontario. This conference’s anthology is divided into two sections, the first with more of a view towards nature and the seasons, titled “Northern Lights”; the second with more of a focus on senryu, titled “Northern Lights.” Here’s a quotation from the introduction: “Whether you are the lone haiku voice in an isolated town, or one of many talented poets in a single city enjoying much camaraderie, haiku is its own reward.” See the Press Here page for this book. The following are fourteen sample poems from the book.

spring breeze—

some of the seedlings turn over

in the road

Bruce Ross

Rochester, New York

view windows

behind the guest speaker

wind twists the leaves

Francine Porad

Mercer Island, Washington

The river forks . . .

our raft drifts

through summer clouds

Garry Gay

Windsor, California

sss-pit, sss-pit

goes the sprinkler

among the cherry trees

George Swede

Toronto, Ontario

autumn sunset—

a berry between the toes

of a titmouse

Jeff Witkin

Potomac, Maryland

barefoot in wet grass

the soft bursting

of the slug

Karen Sohne

Amityville, New York

country road . . .

slanted sunbeams following

the pickup truck

Kenneth C. Leibman

Archer, Florida

dusk at winter’s end

the cardinal’s color

goes into its song

LeRoy Gorman

Napanee, Ontario

at the haiku workshop

everyone an expert

Margaret Saunders

Hamilton, Ontario

cool sunset—

on the footpath

a punctured balloon

Martin Lucas

Lancaster, England

cedar waxwings

in the hawthorn tree

red berry stains on the snow

Patricia Neubauer

Allentown, Pennsylvania

steam rising

after the snow squall:

buds on the lilac

Timothy Russell

Toronto, Ohio

summer solstice

the cat wakes up

a few minutes early

William J. Higginson

Santa Fe, New Mexico

a dark path

across the lawn

ends in a snowman

Winona Baker

Nanaimo, British Columbia