Woodnotes — #18

Autumn 1993

Woodnotes #18 had a lower number of poems, and (a rarity) no essays. But it featured an eight-page report I wrote titled “A Perspective on Haiku North America 1993.” In 1991, HNA was a one-off event, with no initial plan to hold it again, but with its revival in 1993, and with plans to have the 1995 conference in Toronto, HNA became a tradition—another major influence of Haiku Poets of Northern California members on the national (and international) haiku scene. The conference also produced a bumper crop of books, and this issue sports no less than 23 short reviews of new haiku books. These and hundreds of other reviews from Woodnotes by Michael Dylan Welch are available on this websites Reviews page. Ebba Story contributed a report on the latest Two Autumns reading and its commemorative anthology, Morning Snow, edited by Patricia Neubauer, featuring Kay F. Anderson, Christopher Herold, Tom Lynch, and Patricia Machmiller. In addition, Kay F. Anderson offered a haibun, “Looking into Silence,” which indeed is the source of many haiku.


  • Editor: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Associate Editor: Ebba Story

  • Typesetting and layout: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Cover art: clipart

Pages 36

Haiku/Senryu 66

Tanka 3

Haibun 1

Reports 3

Mini-Reviews 23

Editorials 1


  • “A Note from the Editors”

  • Woodnotes Award, won by Peggy Willis Lyles

  • “A Perspective on Haiku North America 1993” report by Michael Dylan Welch

  • Haiku and Senryu

  • Tanka

  • “A Reading by the Sea” Two Autumns reading report by Ebba Story

  • “Looking into Silence” haibun by Kay F. Anderson

  • Woodnotes (news)

  • Of Books and Things, with notes by Michael Dylan Welch

  • Meeting Report by Tom Lynch

Woodnotes Award

November mist—

wood smoke scents

the jogger’s way

Peggy Willis Lyles

Selected Poems

autumn mist

taking its color

from distant hills

Patricia Neubauer

first sumi-e lesson—

what I need

is the teacher’s brush

Kay F. Anderson

rain . . .

a book left behind

on the café table

Jerry Kilbride