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Summer 2005, vol 3 no 2


Haiku ~  Richard Stevenson


robins and grackles  
grab the high register --  
thunk of cat holds bass  
  Sweeping up leaf muck --
  a tiger salamander
behind the plywood
broken lattice fence --  
I hear the taut tonk  
of a tennis ball  
  perennials --
  a buck apiece
  and still no heat!
cumulo nimbus --  
even the syllables  

Richard Stevenson has read to enthusiastic audiences across the country and is the author of seventeen full-length collections of poetry, plus a CD of original jazz and poetry with jazz/poetry troupe Naked Ear. Recent titles include A Murder of Crows: New & Selected Poems (Black Moss Press, 1998), Nothing Definite Yeti ( YA verse, Ekstasis Editions, 1999), Live Evil: A Homage To Miles Davis (Thistledown Press, 2000), Hot Flashes: Maiduguri Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka (Ekstasis Editions, 2001), Take Me To Your Leader! (YA Verse, Bayeux Arts, 2003), and A Charm of Finches ( haiku, senryu, and tanka, Ekstasis Editions, 2004). Parrot With Tourette’s is forthcoming from Black Moss Press in their Palm Poets series and A Tidings of Magpies is forthcoming from Spotted Cow Press. He regularly reviews poetry and fiction, and periodically runs adult and young adult workshops. He holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from The University of Victoria and University of British Columbia and teaches Canadian Literature, Creative Writing, Composition, and Business Communication at Lethbridge Community College in southern Alberta. Originally from Victoria, BC, he currently lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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