From HNA Conference Anthologies

It has been my privilege to edit and design all of the anthologies for the biennial Haiku North America conferences, an event I cofounded in 1991, and to publish each of these books with my press, Press Here. The following are all my poems from these anthologies, most recent first, including a new poem for the 2015 anthology, Fire in the Treetops, that celebrated HNA’s twenty-fifth anniversary. I missed three of these conferences (1995, 1997, and 2007), but the anthologies did include my poems for 1997 and 2007 because I had originally expected to attend. For sample poems by numerous other contributors to these anthologies, see the Haiku North America section of the Press Here page. You can also see photos of the 2009 conference that took place in Ottawa, Ontario, in album one, album two, and album three. Also see photos from the 2011 conference in Seattle, Washington in albums one, two, three, four, and five. See also my Photographs page for additional HNA photo albums.

2023 — Cincinnati, Ohio

failing light . . .

you ask me again

what Im reading

2019 Winston-Salem, North Carolina

end of the year—

the swing’s muddy underside

reflected in a puddle                                                           +

2017 Santa Fe, New Mexico

woods walk—

I catch the cobwebs

that miss my son

2015 Schenectady, New York

pumpkin weigh-in . . .

the judge’s motion

to lift off hands

2013 Long Beach, California

a hand sticking out

from the balcony below . . .

small rain



2011 Seattle

a show of hands

in the jury room . . .

winter light



2009 Ottawa

Valentine’s Day—

a few clicks

of the swans’ beaks



2007 Winston-Salem, North Carolina

fading sunset—

still the shine

on high-tension wires



2005 Port Townsend, Washington

afternoon hike—

the pussy willows dwindling

from my handful

there, under the awning,

the man who stole

my parking space



2003 New York

spring thaw—

the old scarecrow

a little taller



2001 Boston

sidewalk sale—

a corner bent over

in the used paperback



1999 Chicago

summer solstice—

a rack full of hats

at the barbershop



1997 Portland, Oregon

landing swallow—

the ship’s chain

dips slightly

1993 San Francisco

low summer sun—

the shadow of an earring

on your cheek

1991 San Francisco

old folks’ home—

     the square of light

          crosses the room