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May 12, 2008

moonset in the afternoon

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 4:40 pm

My mail-carrier brought the spring/summer 2008 edition of Moonset Literary Newspaper (Edition 4/No. 1) this afternoon. The twice-yearly newspaper “dedicated to offering in one publication, the poetic and visual studies of Japanese art forms,” has staffers, authors and artists from around the world, and is edited by an’ya. This edition, boasting 48 large pages, features several articles on “People Behind the Poetry.”

Here are offerings from the new Moonset by two of our Honored Guest Poets. Enjoy.

the sharp edge
of a bluegill’s fin–
spring becomes summer

…… Andrew Riutta – Moonset 4:1 (2008)

autumn rain
a hopscotch loses
its eight

………. Roberta Beary (3rd place tie, Moonset Haiku Contest, Ed. 4:1)

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“Last Rites”

chest pains
breathing in
the sunset

hospice bed
the get-well roses
stunted bloom

thin sunlight
. . . eyelids flutter
in morphine sleep

deathwatch
the arrival of fresh
coffee

day of the obit
inside his wallet
me at eleven

…………… by Roberta BearyMoonset 4:1 (2008)

Mooh ooh ning. . p.s. Moonwhile, if you have an opinion on the propriety of showing a little cleavage at a work dinner, drop by and opine at Scott Greenfield’s Simple Justice — see “Decolletage or Disaster?” (May 10, 2008), which discusses the Wall Street Journal column “Risky Business: Decolletage At a Work Dinner” (WSJ, by Christina Binkley, May 8, 2008). The f/k/a Gang is showing its age this afternoon: preferring napping than musing over cleavage. Kinda scary. Back in 2005, we did wonder about “too much disclosure?” in a posting featuring Erin Brockovich.


training bra
on the clothesline
half moon

one button undone
in the clerk’s blouse I let her
steal my change

……….. by George Swede – from Almost Unseen (Brooks Books, 2000)

(larger)

fine print on her t-shirt –
she glares at me
for squinting

…………. photo-haiga: senryu by David Giacalone; photo by Mama G. (1950)
orig. posted in grayscale at MagnaPoets Japanese Form

in her silence
the tea kettle
announces winter

his headstone
rises with the moon
above the silence

my mistake
untangling the orchard
from your hair

………………… by Andrew Riutta
“his headstone” – Full Moon Magazine (2005)
“my mistake” – Simply Haiku (Autumn 2005)

2 Comments

  1. Roberta Beary’s ” day of the obit”
    is tenderly haunting.

    Comment by Darrell Lindsey — September 5, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

  2. Yes, it is, Darrell. Thanks for drawing my attention to it again. And thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    Comment by David Giacalone — September 5, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

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