Hands Full of Stars

First published in Woodnotes #29, Summer 1996, page 50.

Hands Full of Stars, edited by Sarah Jensen. Illustrated by Kaji Aso. Aether Press, 1995, 32 pages, $5.00 postpaid from Raffael de Gruttola, 4 Marshall Road, Natick, Massachusetts 01760 [address no longer correct]. In the footsteps of the Boston Haiku Society’s previously anthology, The Ant’s Afternoon (a few copies are still available from Raffael at the same price), Hands Full of Stars shares 88 poems and two haibun, arranged seasonally. Herewith the opening and closing poems, by Lawrence Rungren and Brett Peruzzi, from this pleasing assemblage:

the afternoon passes

old men on the park bench

move with the shade

Late evening—

a bottle rolls up and down

the empty subway car