Finding the Way

Finding the Way

paul m.

Haiku collection featuring 56 poems and four field notes, with an introduction by the author. Winner of First Place in the 2003 Merit Book Awards from the Haiku Society of America (for books published in 2002).

the shelter of a tree

neither of us knows

the other’s name

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2002, saddle-stitched with square-bound wrapper, 52 pages, 4 x 5½ inches, ISBN 1-878798-25-1

falling leaves
the rusty wheelbarrow
heavy with stones

that chipmunk again
river sunlight skipping
leaf to leaf

There is much to delight in this collection as you discover how finely and carefully Paul presents the ‘coming to—a clear intuition of what it is that speaks to us in a haiku way. There is a strength to the evenness and consistency in the tone of these haiku. There are keen perceptions and thoughtful relationships that unfold slowly in the consciousness at just the right speed. —from a review by Tom Clausen in Modern Haiku 34:1, Spring 2003

paul m. (Paul Miller) holds a BA in cognitive psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and an MA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. A California native, he has lived and worked in San Francisco since 1990. He is an award-winning poet who has been writing haiku since 1988, and his work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is married and has a dog, and highly advocates both.

See an updated bio and the Global Haiku Traditions profile and reader response essay.