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September 24, 2005

haiku harvest journal — easy pickings

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 8:05 pm

I didn’t get out for apple picking on this lovely late-September

Saturday in Schenectady.  But I did make my first visit to the

online haiku journal Haiku Harvest, which is published and edited

by poet-author Denis M. Garrison.   Here’s how Garrison describes 

this source of fine, modern haiku and related forms:



HAIKU HARVEST Journal of Haiku in English is

dedicated to publishing and promoting haiku, both in

the western tradition of classical haiku and in all related

forms. We give generous space to poets so they can

demonstrate the range of their haiku and we promote

innovative ku by providing a showcase for poetry in new

forms that are serious attempts to assimilate the haiku

tradition in forms within the English poetic tradition.

A number of f/k/a‘s Honored Guest poets have been featured at

Haiku Harvest since it began publication in 2000. Here are two 

poems each from three of them (you’ll find several more from

each haijin by clicking the links below):




Sunday drive —
we lift our old dog
into the truck





sunny morning —
pink tulips in bloom
on the preschool’s walls



Billie Wilson from Haiku Harvest  (Spring 2001)  


                                                                                   pickup g 




first time on the river
i fish the spot
the heron fished





moonless night
we follow the glow
of a texaco star


fishing pole  ed markowski from Haiku Harvest (Fall/Winter 2005)





the flood’s wake—
driftwood bison
and dinosaurs








rose-colored dawn—
taillights disappear
in the parking garage



Barry George from Haiku Harvest  (Jan-Feb 2003)



  • by dagosan                                               

Riverside Faire

one white balloon

floats past two brown ducks



[Sept. 24, 2005]


tiny check  MyShingle‘s Carolyn Elefant suggests that operating a solo practice

can be excellent preparation for running a city.   She quotes Fairbanks

soloist and City Council candidate Mary Beth Smetzer:

“I think I can be a help and have considerable business acumen

having run my own business since 1978 with tight budget constraints.

You have to say ‘no’ more than you can say ‘yes,’ regrettably when

it comes to financial issues.”

I was just about to pipe up with one of my Yabuts, when I noticed Carolyn

made my point in the immediately prior post, “You Gotta Know When to

Fold. . .”   It’s the tale of a solo who took on cases (small ones) at a time

when he simply could not give them the needed attention, and ended up

losing his license.   In my experience, far too many solos — both the very

busy and the underemployed — say “yes” to new cases and clients, when 

the ethically appropriate action would be to say “no.”  (See our prior post)



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