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March 4, 2008

while we rudely nap: another visit to The Heron’s Nest

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 9:55 am

  The entire f/k/a Gang is taking another Mental Health Day off today — probably daydreaming of Sadie Hawkins Days past. Luckily, someone had already keyed in a bunch of new haiku by our Honored Guests, from the newest issue of The Heron’s Nest (Vol. X, No. 1, March 2008). So, please enjoy the work of our haijin hotties, while we nap (and scroll to the end of this post for a surprise visit from a Boomer icon):

icy morning
the twists and turns
of a child-proof cap

…………………. by Alice FramptonThe Heron’s Nest X:1 (March 2008)

Remembrance Day
traffic sounds crisscross
the bagpipes

darkening clouds
I press cold earth
on tulip bulbs

………. by Laryalee FraserThe Heron’s Nest X:1 (March 2008)

an ice-crack ricochets
across the river

storm clouds —
hearing the pauses
in the katydid’s song

…… by Hilary TannThe Heron’s Nest X:1 (March 2008)

needles of rain
the talk show guest
addresses my problem

dark comes early now —
we speak of the children
we didn’t have

……….. by carolyn hallThe Heron’s Nest X:1 (March 2008)

When we discovered yesterday that had linked to our posting on shark-bitten lawyers, we thought we’d find a new band of loyal supporters, or perhaps a complaining group of two-faced barristers, or even determined heretics, at the other end of of Referer Link. Instead, we were pleasantly surprised to find the still-impishly irreverent, Grammy-winning, singer-songwriter, “Rude Girl,” and folkie-hipster Janis Ian musing (and dreaming) about defamation law, and the benefits of writing about dead people. (News and Updates, March 1, 2008).

It was fun clicking around Janis, and inspiring to read about her Pear Foundation, which is named after Janis’ mother and works to create college scholarships for “returning students.” It was a little disconcerting to realize that Janis arrived on the scene as “Society’s Child” over forty years ago, just as I headed off to college and left behind my innocent childhood.

digital age —
aging digits
at the keyboard

……. by dagosan

fire-side poetry –
I turn to warm the left side
of my brain

………………… by Alice Frampton, from Raw NerVZ Haiku Volume VII No. 3

early March
the head of Mary
above the snow

water’s edge
the pull of the river
under ice

….. by Hilary Tann – from Upstate Dim Sum 2007/II


  1. Hi David,

    I don’t seem to be able to access Jim Kacian’s primer pages. Is there a problem with them … or it is just me (ha!).


    Comment by Sandra Simpson — March 4, 2008 @ 5:17 pm

  2. Hi, Sandra. You are not doing anything wrong. Sadly, Jim’s Haiku Primer is no longer available here. As we said on
    Nov. 28, 2006:

    Jim Kacian, haiku poet and publisher of Red Moon Press, generously allowed f/k/a to preview his informative and inspired Haiku Primer. We serialized it monthly from Dec. 2003 through January 2005, and presented the completed draft here since that time. Jim has been fine-tuning the Primer and the final version will soon be available exclusively at the brand new Red Moon Press website. Please look for it at RMP, you’ll be glad that you did.

    I just checked at the Red Moon website, but don’t see the Primer there yet. His fans should nag Jim to get his valuable piece online again for our edification and inspiration.

    Comment by David Giacalone — March 4, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

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