Woodnotes — #25

Summer 1995

Instead of having a separate tanka section, this issue of Woodnotes experimented with interspersing pages of tanka with the haiku and senryu (but the next issue returned to having a separate tanka section). I provided an essay, “The ‘Ordinary’ Haiku Poet,” focusing on the late Earle Joshua Stone, and John Thompson and Garry Gay offered a rengay, “The Unlocked Gate.” Notable in the news section was the naming of Robert Hass, translator of The Essential Haiku, as the new poet laureate of the United States, plus details of a special meeting I arranged at Fort Mason in San Francisco on 11 July 1995 to feature Hass. The first of my “Haiku City” reading series events at Borders Books at Union Square in San Francisco was announced for 23 June 1995, held in conjunction with a national meeting of the Haiku Society of America that weekend in San Francisco.


  • Editor: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Associate Editor: Kenneth Tanemura

  • Typesetting and layout: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Cover and interior art: Helen K. Davie

Pages 44

Haiku/Senryu 98

Tanka 23

Rengay 1

Essays 2

Reports 1

Mini-Reviews 6

Editorials 1


  • “A Note from the Editors”

  • Woodnotes Award, won by Tom Clausen

  • “The ‘Ordinary’ Haiku Poet” essay by Michael Dylan Welch

  • Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka

  • “Favorite Haiku” commentary by Tom Clausen

  • “The Unlocked Gate” rengay by John Thompson and Garry Gay

  • Woodnotes (news)

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

  • Meeting Report by Pat Gallagher

Woodnotes Award


from the bread truck’s roof

frost swirls

Tom Clausen

Selected Poems

foggy park—

toy dump truck

loaded with leaves

Tom Lynch

The deep shade

of the ancient oak

quiets the wind

Dave Sutter

From pitcher’s mound

to home plate

slushy snowball

Carol Purington