Woodnotes — #21

Summer 1994

The tanka section in Woodnotes #21 was the largest ever, with 13 poems. To celebrate the growth of tanka, this section appeared at the start of the journal for the first time. This issue also featured a haibun by Cor van den Heuvel, “The Cricket,” and reviews by Tom Lynch and June Hopper Hymas. Tom’s review was of Footsteps in the Fog, which at the time was believed to be the first anthology of English-language tanka (this later proved to be incorrect, when another anthology was found to be published in the 1960s or 70s). Footsteps in the Fog was published a few months before Wind Five Folded, another new tanka anthology from Jane Reichholds AHA Books to the north of San Francisco, so tanka was making significant waves at this time, chiefly in California. The “Woodnotes” news section presented announcements about the upcoming Two Autumns reading, a list of new and rejoining HPNC members, donors, five haiku contests, and news of the next Asilomar haiku retreat run by the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society and a new Canadian magazine called Raw Nervz Haiku. With these news items, and with all the book reviews, Woodnotes readers remained aware of other haiku activity nearby and farther away.


  • Editor: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Associate Editor: Ebba Story

  • Typesetting and layout: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Cover and interior art: Cherie Hunter Day

Pages 40

Haiku/Senryu 94

Tanka 13

Haibun 1

Reports 1

Reviews 2

Mini-Reviews 9

Editorials 1


  • “A Note from the Editors”

  • Woodnotes Award, won by Jerry Kilbride

  • Tanka

  • “The Cricket” haibun by Cor van den Heuvel

  • Haiku and Senryu

  • Woodnotes (news)

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

  • Reviews by Tom Lynch and June Hopper Hymas

Footsteps in the Fog, edited by Michael Dylan Welch

All Day Long, edited by Garry Gay

  • Meeting Report by Tom Lynch

Woodnotes Award

nursing a friend with AIDS

I close the window

against rain

Jerry Kilbride

Selected Poems

this bad T.V. news

just like that commercial

keeps going, and going . . .

Mark Arvid White

reaching for berries

the tip of my nose

in thrush song

H. F. Noyes

A father’s stare

—the nurse leaving

with his stillborn son

Matthew Louvière

light spring rain

the sound of an airplane

circling above the clouds

Jeff Witkin

window almost closed

one tendril of ivy

creeps into my room

Margaret Molarsky