Woodnotes — #28

Spring 1996

With issue #28, Woodnotes began its new life as an independent publication, no longer being published by the Haiku Poets of Northern California. In “A Note from the Editor,” I observed that “Despite a very quick deadline after issue #27 [which had been delayed], we received a record number of submissions for this issue.” The “Beginner’s Mind” column continued with four new contributions, we had a record number of five haibun (identified as “an increasing trend” in my editor’s message), and this issue’s cover was also unique, using a metallic silver ink printed on purple paper. Of particular note was Yvonne Hardenbrook’s overview essay, “Haiku in North America,” reprinted from The Study and Writing of Poetry: American Women Poets Discuss Their Craft. And with “A Pre-Electronic View of the World,” Paul O. Williams offered his thoughts on haiku in the so-called information age. Also announced in this issue was a new procedure for selecting the Woodnotes Award, which would now be chosen by the winner from the previous issue. To make this transition, even though we’d already had a Woodnotes Award in issue #27 (chosen from poems in #27), issue #28 included another Woodnotes Award chosen from issue #27, so that future issues could select the winner from the previous issue. This new process also engaged new participants in making selections. Another new development was my announcement of the “Woodnotes International Haibun Contest,” to be judged by Tom Lynch and Cor van den Heuvel. This endeavor was the first haibun contest ever to be held in English, and it resulted in the Wedge of Light anthology that I edited and published in 1999.


  • Editor: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Associate/Haibun Editor: Gail Sher

  • Tanka Editor: Pat Shelley

  • Art Editor: Cherie Hunter Day

  • Typesetting and layout: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Cover and interior art: Cherie Hunter Day

Pages 56

Haiku/Senryu 125

Tanka 14

Haibun 5

Essays 7

Reviews 2

Mini-Reviews 9

Editorials 1


  • “A Note from the Editor”

  • “Beginner’s Mind” contributions by John Sheirer, Keiko Imaoka, Jeff Witkin, and Larry Kimmel

  • Haiku and Senryu

  • “Ocean Beach” haibun by Jerry Kilbride

  • “Into the Snow” haibun by Carol Conti-Entin

  • “Mt. Esther” haibun by Tom Lynch

  • “Retarded Girl” haibun by Charles H. Easter

  • “Spring Trail” haibun by Donna Claire Gallagher

  • “A Favorite Haiku” commentary by H. F. Noyes

  • Tanka

  • “Haiku in North America” essay by Yvonne Hardenbrook

  • “A Pre-Electronic View of the World” essay by Paul O. Williams

  • Woodnotes (news, including the Woodnotes Award, won by Peggy Willis Lyles)

  • Of Books and Things, with notes by Pat Shelley, Paul O. Williams, and Michael Dylan Welch

  • Book Reviews by Christopher Herold and Jeff Witkin

Like a Crane at Night by Gail Sher

. . . the path of the bird by vincent tripi

Woodnotes Award

Chosen by Patricia Neubauer from issue #27


the frayed shoestring


Peggy Willis Lyles

Selected Poems

for a moment

in the nearby air

the hummingbird’s eye

Paul O. Williams








John Stevenson

at the church door

a man flicks his cigarette

into the snow

John Hudak