Woodnotes — #30

Autumn 1996

One highlight of Woodnotes #30 was John Budan’s interview with haiku pioneer James W. Hackett. Although Hackett and his wife had lived for decades in La Honda, California, thus in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was never involved with the Haiku Poets of Northern California. His tangential connections amounted to speaking at the 1993 Haiku North America conference, a haiku reading at Kinokuniya Bookstore, and an appearance in my “Haiku City” reading series. Consequently, some of the information in this interview felt revelatory. The interview covered aspects of his early life, his path to haiku, and some discussion of aesthetics, such as saying, “To me, muga (self-less-ness) is the highest quality of haiku.” The interview concluded with five previously unpublished haiku—especially uncommon when he had not published much new work since about 1983. Other highlights of the issue included three rengay and four more “Beginner’s Mind” pieces, plus an informative review of Makoto Ueda’s Modern Japanese Tanka by Alexandra Yurkovsky. The “Woodnotes” news section reported on the inauguration event of the American Haiku Archives in Sacramento, attended by about 70 people, a milestone event in Northern California haiku history. Meanwhile, at the end of the “Note from the Editor,” in which I expressed gratitude that Woodnotes had reached its seven-year milestone and its 30th issue, I said, “here’s to the next 30 issues!” As it turned out, there would be only one more.


  • Editor: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Tanka Editor: Pat Shelley

  • Art Editor: Cherie Hunter Day

  • Typesetting and layout: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Cover and interior art: Cherie Hunter Day

Pages 52

Haiku/Senryu 108

Tanka 23

Haibun 1

Rengay 3

Essays 7

Reviews 1

Mini-Reviews 7

Editorials 1


  • “A Note from the Editor”

  • “Arms . . .” rengay by Carol Conti-Entin and John Stevenson

  • Tanka

  • Haiku and Senryu

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

  • “A Favorite Haiku” commentary by Tom Clausen

  • “Beginner’s Mind” contributions by Ronan, Carlos Colón, Tom Clausen, and Laurie W. Stoelting

  • “Bees” haibun by Charles H. Easter

  • “That Art Thou: An Interview with James W. Hackett” by John Budan

  • “Skipping Stones” rengay by Kenneth Tanemura and Michael Dylan Welch

  • Woodnotes (news, including the Woodnotes Award, won by Larry Kimmel)

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

  • Book Review by Alexandra Yurkovsky

Makoto Ueda’s Modern Japanese Tanka

  • “Twice Turning” rengay by Connie Meester and Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff

Woodnotes Award

Chosen by Matthew Louvière from issue #29

after sunset

we lean against the stone wall

the warmth

Larry Kimmel

Selected Poems


in rush hour traffic

turns its lights off

Timothy Russell

graduation day—

my son & I side by side

knotting our ties

Lee Gurga

out of

the fog


Barry Goodmann

missing the turn sign

missing the turn

—wild lilies

Ellen Compton


on the log

the log

George Ralph