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August 19, 2004

two genuine haiku lawyers

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 4:26 pm

scales rich poor Nolo contendere. Call me humbledEsq, or maybe presumptuEsq. After seeing the haiku of Roberta Beary and Barry George, I feel like a poseur using the pseudonym haikuEsq. Thus, and to wit: I am pleading guilty to overweening pride, and am putting myself on probation. From now on, please consider haikuEsq to be an aspiration, not an appellation.

Over the next few days, I’ll introduce Roberta and Barry individually. Their law degrees certainly didn’t deaden their Muses. As Prof. Elkins has suggested, the profession might have helped nurture the love of words and eye for material detail. However, I believe talent, disposition and sweat count a lot more than degrees and resumes.

Here’s a teaser, from A New Resonance 2: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts, Red Moon Press, 2001)


by Barry George

tagging along

with an ice cream cone

the senior partner




the cat

reworks his litter

summer dusk







scales rich poor by Roberta Beary

bills paid

the tiger lily

past its prime

no longer married sunglassesG

only their shadows touch . . .

graduation day


…………………………………………………………………… Credits: “bills paid” – Penumbra 1999; “the cat” – Heron’s Nest II:12

one-breath pundit



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