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Spring 2005, vol 3 no 1

 

Haiku ~ Nita Countryman

emerald dragonflies  
tie a ribbon  
around the yard in the canyon
  owl wings brushing trees—
  a solar eclipse?
running beside me  
on the treadmill—  
a sleeping dog moon fragrance
  leaking through the branches
  of a lilac tree
chaise lounging—  
Nabokov’s Butterflies  
edgy in dry heat  


Nita Countryman lives on the homestead settled by her Finnish grandparents—with lots of opportunities to observe nature. However, although she's been writing poetry for ten years, she discovered the condensed joy of haiku only recently, after reading Deleuze’s comments on “hacceity”: "It is the wolf itself, and the horse, and the child, that cease to be subjects to become events, in assemblages that are inseparable from an hour, a season, an atmosphere, an air, a life. The street enters into composition with the horse, just as the dying rat enters into composition with the air, and the beast and the full moon enter into composition with each other." (“Difference and Repetition,” The Deleuze Reader)

Her poetry has appeared in Manzanita Quarterly, Spring Hill Review, Windfall, Salmon Creek Journal, 4th Street, and other publications.

When not watching dragonflies or listening for bears in the night, she attends graduate school at Reed College.


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