Woodnotes — #23

Winter 1994

Woodnotes reached new heights with issue #23, at least in terms of page count (56 pages), haiku and senryu (132), and tanka (16), all record highs. Due to a printer error that accidentally gave us double the print run, we also had more copies of this issue printed than any other, and still have a boxful left. Once again, Cherie Hunter Day provided seasonal artwork for the cover. In answer to the question, why goldfish for a winter issue, Cherie said (quoted in the note from the editors), “In winter our focus goes inside to our homes and families, and there is time for contemplation. For me, watching fish swimming in a pond or bowl is the essence of calm.” She explained that the cover featured a Moor and a Veintail goldfish, while interior images featured a twin-tail, a single-tail comet, a pair of koi, and an angelfish. Another visual treat in this issue was calligraphy and illustrations by Carolyn Fitz for “Christmas in the City,” a rengay by Jim Force (Nika), Michael Dylan Welch, and vincent tripi. Christopher Herold provided an essay, “The Inside of a Haiku,” and we also enjoyed the results from the 1994 San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Contest, with tanka making a return inclusion. This was also the last of eight issues for Ebba Story as associate editor of Woodnotes.


  • Editor: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Associate Editor: Ebba Story

  • Typesetting and layout: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Cover art: Cherie Hunter Day

  • Interior art: Cherie Hunter Day and Carolyn Fitz

Pages 56

Haiku/Senryu 132

Tanka 16

Haibun 1

Rengay 1

Essays 2

Reports 1

Mini-Reviews 14

Editorials 3


  • “A Note from the Editors”

  • Woodnotes Award, won by Cherie Hunter Day

  • Haiku and Senryu

  • “Christmas in the City” rengay by Jim Force (Nika), Michael Dylan Welch, and vincent tripi, with calligraphy by Carolyn Fitz [shown below]

  • “A Note from the Associate Editor” by Ebba Story

  • “A Note from the Editor” by Michael Dylan Welch

  • “Peeping” haibun by Laura Bell

  • More Haiku and Senryu

  • Tanka

  • “The Inside of a Haiku” essay by Christopher Herold

  • “Two Favorite Senryu” commentary by H. F. Noyes

  • HPNC 1994 San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Contest, judged by Tom Clausen and Ruth Yarrow (haiku and senryu) and Dave Sutter (tanka)

  • Woodnotes (news)

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

  • Meeting Report by Tom Lynch

Woodnotes Award


curve of the winter hills

in moonlight

Cherie Hunter Day

Selected Poems


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? (cat)



a a a a

t t t t

Carlos Colón

end of a long day

the old bartender’s feet

take the floorboards home

Jerry Kilbride

white sail . . .

whiter still

under my shading hand

Kohjin Sakamoto