Woodnotes — #6

Summer 1990

Woodnotes #6 announced the inauguration of the Two Autumns Reading series, which soon became perhaps the key annual event for the Haiku Poets of Northern California. In this reading, four selected readers share their haiku and senryu, with their work commemorated in a special anthology. I was one of the four readers at the first reading, and this series has been a wonderful tradition, perhaps the longest-running haiku reading series outside of Japan. In this issue, as with issues before and after, haiku and senryu appeared together and are not segregated, empowering readers to decide for themselves whether particular poems might be one or the other, if they care to make the distinction. Another feature of this issue was a brief interview by Lequita Vance with Hiag Akmakjian regarding his book, Snow from a Bamboo Leaf: The Art of Haiku. In addition, Paul O. Williams provided a short essay, “Engineered Serendipity: Epistolary Haiku.”


  • Editors: vincent tripi and Paul O. Williams

  • Associate editor, typesetting, and layout: Michael Dylan Welch

  • Cover art: clipart

  • Interior art: Davina Kosh and Hiag Akmakjian

Pages 20

Haiku/Senryu 44

Essays 2

Reports 2

Mini-Reviews 1

Book Listings 12


  • Two Autumns Reading Series announcement

  • HPNC Elections announcement

  • Haiku and Senryu

  • Woodnotes (news)

  • Snow from a Bamboo Leaf: The Art of Haiku interview with Hiag Akmakjian by Lequita Vance [shown below]

  • Mini-Review by Paul O. Williams

On My Mind, an interview with Anita Virgil by vincent tripi

Selected Poems

After the storm

the child pulling a wagon

of rain

Marlina Rinzen

sidewalk sale—

wind twists a lifetime

guarantee tag

Tom Clausen

Plum rain—

the young prostitute

washes her underwear.

Pat Donegan