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Kasen: Tailgate Parties

 

 

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new coolness-
refined rice flowing off
the store-front machine

fogdrops
from silent windchimes

momentarily
a stag holds the moon
in his crown

in the southeast sky
viewing Mars

strains of flute music
who is practicing
in the red lighthouse?

sandcastles vanish
with the high tide

-
off
eiko


ops
susansusu mes

ily
oon
celia wn

ky
raffael ars

sic
ing
johnye use?

anish
bill tide

 

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the reunion
ice-filled jars
of sweet tea

the oak's shadow
over grandma's empty chair

Swedish immigrants
in the Statue of Liberty
their first kiss

sailors ogle
Saudi ankles

Shinyo fixes
Midori's geta cord*
in the pouring rain

shakuhachi player
alone in the subway station

winter seclusion
i search the internet
for blowfish

snow day
RC and moon pies by the fire**

stopping traffic
to rescue
an armadillo

coffee house med student
puffing smoke rings

far below
the 20th floor window
blossoms like clouds

spring thunder
sheets flap on the line

on
jars
jeff
tea

w
cliff pty chair

nts
erty
kris kiss

gle
susan kles

es
rd*
eiko rain

yer
raffael tation

sion
ernet
celia fish

day
jeff fire**

fic
cue
johnye dillo

udent
cliff ings

low
ndow
kris clouds

under
celia line

 

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march thermals
red-tailed hawks
mousing in pairs

the Buddha's birthday
a resonance of dharma

passing through
the spider's web
ghost flies

at the liquor store
choosing his poison

night game
tailgate parties
surround the ball park

drawing from a sunken garden
summer mountains

erasing
a bit off his nose
five minutes to the bell

daydreaming back to
a spin-the-bottle moment

the morning after
scribbled love note
on the bedside table

along the path promises
a sprig of bittersweet

full moon
my dog howls
when I enter the house

a gnarled cane
against the chilly stone wall

ls
wks
susan
pairs

day
johnye arma

ough
web
raffael

store
jeff ison

me
es
billpark

nken garden
eikosummer mountains

ng
nose
cliff bell

to
kris ment

after
note
jeff table

ses
stanford eet

on
wls
raffael use

ane
eiko wall

 

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on a billboard
that says "Infinity"
a raven

the stuck record needle
stuttering the same song

playing statues
each child as if caught
in a photograph

vernal pool
the swish of tadpoles

breaking
the surface of shadow
one violet

maypole dance
on the commons

rd
ty"
david
ven

edle
cliff ng

es
ght
kris aph

ool
susan oles

ing
adow
celialet

nce
johnye ons

 

 

 

 

mode: via email
begun: September 4 2003
completed: February 17 2004
led by Bill Lerz and Johnye Strickland

Contributing Poets:
Susan Delaney (USA)
Stanford M. Forrester (USA)
Raffael de Gruttola (USA)
Kris Kondo (Japan)
David Lanoue (USA)
Cliff Roberts (USA)
Celia Stuart-Powles (USA)
Jeff Whittingham (USA)
Eiko Yachimoto (Japan)
Bill Lerz (USA)
Johnye Strickland (USA)

 

*Shinyo, a young boy, quietly helped Midori who wears those wooden geta with cloth-cords on her barefeet, in Takekurabe, a famous first love story by Higuchi Ichiyo.

**The phrase "RC Cola and a MoonPie®" was well known around the South (USA) in the mid-20th Century. According to The History of the Great American MoonPie (http://www.moonpie.com/hist_text.asp),this popular confection was developed by the Chattanooga Bakery in Tennessee in 1917, when one of their salesmen, Earl Mitchell, Sr., asked a group of miners who frequented a General Store he serviced, what they would like for a snack. The reply was a dessert, 'about this big,' said one of the miners, as he cupped his hands to frame the rising full moon.