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September 29, 2004

greatest hits?? the spector of bad baseball

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 8:17 pm

It is indeed a wild world — on the heels of Cat Stevens’ deportation, we have hit-meister Phil Spector indicted for murder and the Montreal Expos threatening to bring their hitless brand of baseball to Washington, D.C.

With George Wallace too distracted (by deadlines and billable hours) to post on these topics at Fool in the Forest, the many former editors of this weblog have decided to offer a little commentary. [Click here, if you dare.]

all day rain
on the playing field
a stray dog

… by Tom Painting , from A New Resonance 2: Emerging Voices

As Kobayashi Issa knows,

where there’s people
there’s flies
and Buddhas

translated by David G. Lanoue

shake your buddha

wedding news in our haiku family

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:17 pm

bridegroom  This past Sunday (Sept. 26, 2004), the New York Times “weddings” page featured three

haiku that recently appeared on this website.  More importantly for friends of Roberta Beary and Frank Stella,

the Times article told the story of their courtship and resulting wedding on September 18th. 


In our guest poet archive, you can find links to postings that feature Roberta, a lawyer-poet who works in

D.C.   Many of her haiku reflect a journey from divorce through nurturing a new trust upon which to build a new marriage.  Congratulations and best wishes to Roberta and Frank (you lucky guy!).


Here are two new haiku/senryu by Roberta Beary:


school photo

the frown my sister

grew into

                                         [honorable mention, penumbra 2004 haiku contest]


family picnic

the new wife’s rump

bigger than mine


[winner of the favorite senryu award, modern haiku 34-3;

forthcoming, HSA Members’ Anthology 2004]

                                                                                                                    the poet-bride . . . beary

thanks a lot,

clouds –

no moonshadow tonight

                                                  [Sept. 29, 2004]


harvest moon
on a clear, rainless night


don't forget tack neg  It’s not too late for Harvest Moon gazing or shooting! (and see Issa’s autumn moon haiku)


one-breath pundit  

    • Among other things, Tom Mighell was kind enough today to point us all to The

      Onion Election 2004 webpage.  We need it.  Need I say more?

    • Acronymously Limited Media?  Robert Ambrogi tells us that American Lawyer Media 

      will officially change its name to — drum roll — “ALM “on October 1st.   I can’t tell you how

      much we need another bland, meaningless acronym.  Surely, it represents the pulsing

      creativity and integrity of panoply of ALM publications and services.  Check here for

      other meanings of the ALM acronym (I like “a la mode” and “application Loadable Module”).

    • Dear Political Fundraisers of All Stripes:  Please read Prof. Bainbridge‘s online missive (Sept. 29) to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and draw the proper conclusions and analogies to your own tactics.  Also, stop trying to fool me with addressing script that looks like handwriting, and offering me credit cards from companies famous for ripping off folks who have poor credit.  ‘Nough said (I wish).

op/ed from the former Cat Stevens

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:58 am

cat stevens     Yusuf Islam, f/k/a Cat Stevens, has penned an op/ed piece appearing in today’s Los Angeles Times  (Sept.28, 2004), in which he describes his trip last week to the U.S.A. and instant deportation.   “Something Bad Has Begun: The former Cat Stevens says he hasn’t changed but the U.S. has.”  Islam says I am a victim of an unjust and arbitrary system, hastily imposed, that serves only to belittle America’s image as a defender of the civil liberties that so many dearly struggled and died for over the centuries.” Click here for other important excerpts.

  • Although it’s off-topic, we’ve been following this story for a week (see here and here) — probably because of our long affection for the music of Cat Stevens.  So far, Mr. Islam’s explanations seem far more plausible than the charges against him — whether new or regurgitated.    I also believe we should listen closely to Privacy International’s concerns about the overly intrusive nature of the US-VISIT system.

katydid    in this world
among insects too…
good singers, bad singers

 by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue 

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