Birthday renku

For a while now, I’ve been pondering how to celebrate my birthday, writing-wise. And here’s what I’ve come up with. From now until my birthday (July 23), please join me in creating an online renku. I’ve done this twice in the past, and it was so much fun! You can read the previous posts here and here.

For this renku, the rules are simple. I will start it off, and then in the comments section, add a couplet, if the last verse was haiku, or a haiku if the last verse was a couplet. What to write about? Anything in July, in your part of the world. Flora, fauna, senryu, stars, sunshine, cold (if you’re in the Southern hemisphere), dishes, soapsuds, food, trucks, trains, boats, and planes, clouds, puddles, pruners, cell phones, kids, birthdays, books, music, stones, swimming pools, the beach, tidepools… It’s all good!

Please leave your name, as you’d like it to appear, and also your blog/website link if you have one. On my birthday, I will put together a post with everything I’ve received to date, and that will be my present to myself! So have at it. And have fun. 🙂

Opening verse:

sultry afternoon
the plaintive cries
of fledgling hawks

moonlit orchard

Daily Haiku, Cycle 13, Week 3, Haiku 2:

moonlit orchard

Of all the critters that found their way into my parents’ orchard, none were as damaging to it as the deer. A 6-ft fence was nothing to them. And besides eating the fruit, they ate the tender young shoots, and sometimes stripped bark from the trees. For every prevention measure Dad implemented, the deer found a way around it. It was a constant battle of wits. Yet as a nature lover, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the roving herd of deer that inhabited the local area, especially when I happened upon one or more of them unexpectedly, and they froze stock still and stared at me with their large eyes, until eventually they gracefully loped back over the fence and into the woods, to return another time.

Prune Juice Issue #9

A new issue of Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu, Kyoka & Haiga has just been released. This will be the last issue edited by Liam Wilkinson, before he turns it over to Curtis Dunlap. I’m pleased to have three of my senryu in this issue, and to share the pages with so many haiku poets I know from Facebook or other journals, including: Johnny Baranski, Mark Brager, Susan Constable, Curtis Dunlap, Lorin Ford, Terri French, Christina Nguyen, Stella Pierides, Lucas Stensland, Alan Summers, and Kath Abela Wilson. Here are my three:

false spring
the dryer vent
full of lint

agreeing to disagree
I set my wipers
to intermittent

airport security
she hugs her teddy bear
a little closer

Summer Publications

Ah, summertime. I’m busy writing rengays, haiku, a few haibun, and keeping submissions in the pipeline. I’m pleased to have work appearing in upcoming issues of the following:


  • Frogpond  35:2, Spring/Summer 2012 (1 haiku, 1 rengay, and 1 renray),
  • contemporary haibun online, July 2012 (3 haibun)
  • Prune Juice #9 , July 2012 (3 senryu)
  • Daily Haiku (my third batch of haiku for Cycle 13), beginning on July 15
  • A Hundred Gourds 1:4, September 2012 (3 haiku)
  • The Heron’s Nest, Volume XIV, Number 3, September 2012 (1 haiku)
  • LYNX, October 2012 (a rengay sequence, with Kirsten Cliff)