One of the most significant essays published in Woodnotes was “Some Notes on Haiku Moments and Prepositions” by Cor van den Heuvel, which appeared in issue #12. Cor wrote that “prepositions are essential to English-language haiku, for to create an image one has to place things in space—such words as ‘in,’ ‘on,’ and ‘of’ enable us to positions things so that we can ‘see’ them.” Marlina Rinzen won this issue’s Woodnotes Award, and I offered an extended haibun, “Darkened by Shadow,” about the Gulf War. A tanka by Dave Sutter appeared in this issue, the only previous tanka being two that appeared in issue #7. With this poem, tanka would appear in every issue of Woodnotes that followed, ultimately amounting to about ten percent of the total number of poems published in the journal (257 tanka in total). A new feature in this issue was “Double Take,” a one-page column that invited previously published poems so they might have a second life. Although this column did not last long, it was an example of trying something new, which the journal did in numerous ways over its 31 issues.
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