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June 28, 2006

a summer trip to the Simply Haiku website

Filed under: Haiga or Haibun,Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 6:11 pm

During our punditry hiatus, we thought we’d take a day trip to explore the Simply Haiku Journal, whose editors have posted a carnival of Japanese Short Form Poetry for their Summer 2006 edition (vol. 4 no. 2) — haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, renku, haiga and more, plus related essays and commentary. There are dozens of contributors to Simply Haiku‘s Summer 2006 edition, but it should be no surprise that some of the best work is by a handful of f/k/a‘s Honored Guest Poets.
haiku from Ed Markowski

raising the height
of her bicycle seat…
spring rain

(for issabella)

the last word
of a short letter…
winter twilight

below zero…
sparrows peck
the snowman’s nose

harvest moon
we move the scarecrow
to the front porch

one to nothing
a full moon shines above
the centerfield scoreboard

……………………………………. by ed markowski

Senryu – on Things

old water fountain
hitting me in the eye

it’s dogshit…
it’s dogshit

Barry George

his first haircut
a cowlick

Randy Brooks

tunnel of love
she props the stuffed frog
between us

Ed Markowski

cool forest lake
as I slip off my shorts the snort
of a bull moose

—— George Swede

in the shower
an economy-size bar of soap
lands on my toe

Tom Clausen

A Haibun by Roberta Beary

er work

the weight of memory at times like this with its hard push of his hand on my bike columbia blue he bought me and me riding solo look at me daddy look at me and he gives me one big wave and then the soft thud in the drive and he’s gone and i have nowhere to look but up at the stars forever changing and the same

vigil over
binding his
with a rosary

always his hand over mine his hard and strong mine little and soft the crush of his hand while we wait for the light to turn green and the cars coming every which way quick he pulls me back safe the hurt of his hand over mine under the streetlamp’s soft glow forever changing and the same

rosary slips over
cooling hands

roberta beary

A Haibun by Andrew Riutta

– Andrew Riutta
In two days she turns just twenty-one. Twenty-one. So young. So pale. I tell her she should stay away from the bars. I tell her she should go out west and save the whales, or a redwood-or the endangered laughter of working-class people who go out on porches at dusk to hum the same hymns over and over in their heads that their grand- parents did. She tells me that saving herself from her father is hard enough.

peaceful autumn-
a window display
of hunter’s orange

andrew riutta

?? How will you celebrate the Fourth of July? See our posting from a year ago: Independence, fireworks and dissent (July 4, 2005) .

June 21, 2006

one breath at a time

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,Uncategorized — David Giacalone @ 10:53 pm

f/k/a‘s Punditry Hiatus continues, so you still won’t find commentary or carping at the top of the page, despite this new posting.  haikuEsq will, however, roll out of his hammock occasionally to bring you more one-breath poetry from our Honored Guest Poets — they are too much of a treasure to keep them hidden during our down time.

Therefore, new haiku and senryu (along with tanka and short haibun) will be added to the top of this page on an irregular schedule.  The f/k/a Gang will stay out of the way and let our haijin friends advocate for their art, one breath at a time

Let’s start with a dozen poems contributed to the June 2006 edition (Vol. VIII: 2) of The Heron’s Nest by some of f/k/a‘s favorite haiku poets:


New Year’s Day
the center of the chocolate
not what I expected



vast blue sky
     we empty
     her closets

        by Carolyn Hall, The Heron’s Nest (VIII: 2, 2006)


a penny for my thoughts?
the fireflies
of last summer  



midwinter thaw
last night I dreamed
my dad was alive 

     by John Stevenson, The Heron’s Nest (VIII: 2, 2006)


mother’s day
a nurse unties
the restraints

   by Roberta Beary, The Heron’s Nest (VIII: 2, 2006)



starlit sky
are you sure
we are alone

   by Yu Chang, The Heron’s Nest (VIII: 2, 2006)



clear night —
snow shifts
on the windowpane 



choosing the sunniest spot
to fill my tank

   by Hilary Tann, The Heron’s Nest (VIII: 2, 2006)



night fading away —
new snow in the playground

   by Gary Hotham, The Heron’s Nest (VIII: 2, 2006)


sweet-grass braids
we bury Grandmother
without her wig

  by Andrew Riutta, The Heron’s Nest (VIII: 2, 2006)



more snow . . .
the brittleness
of the wishbone

   by Alice Frampton, The Heron’s Nest (VIII: 2, 2006)



in the backyard shade
a small gust brings coolness
and a white petal

   by George Swede, The Heron’s Nest (VIII: 2, 2006)


+ You’ll find many more fine haiku at The Heron’s Nest.

June 4, 2006

a/k/a hiatus pundit

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Giacalone @ 5:59 pm


The Management of this webspace has apparently contracted a severe allergy to weblogging — or, at least, to punditry.  Whether or when this malady will be cured or controlled is unknown.   For the time being, therefore, expect no new posting from the f/k/a Gang (viz., haikuEsq, Prof. Yabut, ethicalEsq, or Your Humble Editor’s other alter egos).

If you’ve come here to find haiku or senryu, please go to our Guest Poet Archives, where you will have access to two-years’ worth of daily postings, featuring the work of two dozen fine haijin: [in alphabetical order] Roberta Beary, Randy Brooks, Yu Chang, Tom Clausen, Devar Dahl, Alice Frampton, Barry George , Lee Gurga, Carolyn Hall, Gary Hotham, Kobayashi Issa, Jim Kacian, David G. Lanoue, Rebecca Lilly, Peggy Willis Lyles, paul m, Ed Markowski, Matt Morden, Pamela Miller Ness, w.f. owen , Tom Painting, Andrew Riutta, John Stevenson, George Swede, Hilary Tann, Michael Dylan Welch, Billie Wilson.   You can also find dagosan‘s humble offerings on his archives page

Check out our Haiku Resources Page for more information on materials available at this website (such as jim kacian’s haiku primer and our baseball haiku collection), as well as many haiku-related links.

Click here for the ethicalEsq archives; here for the wit and wisdom of Prof. Yabut; and here for our Inadvertent Searchee blurbs.

Thanks for your visits and comments over the years, and best wishes, ’til we meet again in Cyber Space.

/ david giacalone

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cloud-covered moon —
the fireflies
are no-shows, too


June 2, 2006

let’s let ed do the talkin’

Filed under: Haiga or Haibun — David Giacalone @ 6:52 pm

class reunion
      by ed markowski

what about denise, the girl who wore patchouli,
and revealed to me the mysteries of inner space
that night on the roof of her father’s liquor store,
with glitter on her cheeks, and the stars in her hair?      
everyone i ask shakes their head and says,
“i thought you knew.”

vivid memories
along with the moon
a cloud takes my shadow

by ed markowski form Simply Haiku  (Winter 2005) 

* The new edition of The Heron’s Nest is now available
online.  It contains this little gem from ed:      

cherry blossoms
    the rookie pitcher puts on
        his game face    

          ed markowski – The Heron’s Nest (Vol. VIII: 2, June 2006)

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