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Spring 2005, vol 3 no 1

 

Haiku ~ Paul Pfleuger, Jr.

shaded woodpile  
the coffin-maker behind high-rise scaffold
the classifieds they tuck in
  the blue sky
   
cicada  
shrill: still no work
the the downpour behind
long his long grace
cliff  
circling  
face deep autumn
  his obituary
  turned yellow


Paul Pfleuger, Jr. was born in 1970, raised and graduated from the University in Buffalo, New York, where they're still saying, "Every year's the next" when it comes to football. He spent a summer at the Grand Canyon, lived in LA and NYC in the States. In 1999 he moved from Brooklyn to Chia-yi, Taiwan, where one could hear a subway car outside the window one night and chickens the next. Pfleuger has called this little city between the mountains, where he's an English teacher, home ever since.

Pfleuger states that he was first attracted to haiku by Dharma Bums, Brautigan and some sloppy 5-7-5ers years back at Jing-yi University where he studied Mandarin and found musty copies of the Japanese masters on the library shelves.

His poetry has been published in The Heron's Nest, Acorn, bottle rockets and Shiki Monthly Kukai.


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