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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli



Men & Women

selling candy
on the street corner
a toothless man

         Robert Wilson

 

at the stop light
the bald guy
combs his beard

         Anita Virgil

 

androgynous stranger
winks at me

         Karen Sohne

 

morning mammo --
her teeth unclench
by noon

         Carol Raisfeld

 

after the mammogram
he asks me where
it hurts

         Karen Sohne
 

 

PMS
I eat the roses
I brought her

         Al Pizzarelli

 

She tells the senile man
"It's Sunday--the day I don't cook,"
on Saturday.

         Anita Virgil

 

sin after sin
the old priest
stifles a yawn

         Ed Markowski

 

house of mourning –
downstairs women whisper
over tea cups

         Patricia Neubauer

 

Weight lifter
slowly lifting
the tea cup

         Garry Gay

 

Sports bar -
the soft spoken man
orders pink lemonade.

         Alexis Rotella

 

avon lady
after work
her old face

         Ernest Berry

 

women's shelter--
her daughter's doll sleeps
with one eye open

         Chad Robinson

 

the transvestite
hesitates for a second
at the airport restrooms

         Jörgen Johansson

 

evening train
the woman chats
to a man asleep

         Carol Raisfeld


Credits:

"androgynous stranger" from Haiku World, an International Poetry Almanac, William J. Higginson, 1996, Kodansha, copyright ©1996 by Karen Sohne; by permission of the author.

"after the mammogram", from for, with & to , a red iron sheet, with Marshall Hryciuk, copyright 2003 by Karen Sohne; by permission of the author.

"sin after sin" snapshots july 2004, copyright © 2004 by Ed Markowski: by permission of the author.

"house of mourning" from Modern Haiku XX1V-1, Copyright © 1993 by Patricia Neubauer; by permission of the author.

"The weight lifter" from Fig Newtons, Press Here, copyight © 1993 by Garry Gay; by permission of the author.

"evening train" from Autumn Leaves, v7n5, copyright © 2003 by Carol Raisfeld: by permission of the author


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 SEX

 

nude beach
the jet ski instructress
tells me to "concentrate"

         Ed Markowski

 

emerging naked
from the pool
only a bird whistles

         Elizabeth St Jacques

 

At the brassier factory,
the busty receptionist
says "Can we help you?"

         Al Pizzarelli

 

One button undone
in the clerk’s blouse – I let her
steal my change

         George Swede

 

the argument -
he admits he's wrong
to her perfect breasts

         Carol Raisfeld

 

unhooking her bra
he scratches her back
wistfully

         Steve Addiss

 

between snores
and a tick of the clock
an erection

         Carol Raisfeld

 

A sudden stiffness
awakens me,
her mischievous grin.

         William Scott Galasso

 

steamy sex
in the church parking lot --
amazing Grace

         Carol Raisfeld

 

hiccups...
the peeping Tom
reveals himself

Jörgen Johansson

 

trimming my nose hair
before my first visit
to the brothel

         Mykel Board

 

young girls
along main street
testing new tits

         Art Stein

 

if my penis could talk
oh, the stories it would tell –
mostly short stories

         Greg Braquet

 

in the opposite seat
she crosses her legs
I miss my stop

         Cor van den Heuvel

 

the last dance --
her cheap perfume
don't matter

         Carol Raisfeld


Credits:

"emerging naked" from The Senryu Series No.VII, Haiku Canada Newsletter, Vol.V No.3, copyright © 1990 by Elizabeth St Jacques: by permission of the author.

"At the brassier factory", first appeared in Modern Haiku, copyright © 2004 by Alan Pizzarelli: by permission of myself.

"One button undone" from Wingbeats, Juniper Press, copyright © 1979 by George Swede: by permission of the author.

"young girls" from Raw Nervz, VI-1, copyright © 1999 by Art Stein; by permission of the author.
"in the opposite seat" from Erotic Haiku, Edited by Hiroaki Sato, IBC, Yohan, Japan. copyright © 2004 by Cor van den Heuvel: by permission of the author.


PARODIES

 

An old pond: a frog jumps in – the sound of water

         Matsuo Basho

An old frog: in my palm – the feel of water

         Jaxon Teck


~~
 

Lily:
out of the water…
out of itself

         Nicholas Virgilio

Lily:
out of the water…
out of her suit

         Alan Pizzarelli
 

~~
 

walking the snow-crust
not sinking
sinking

         Anita Virgil

shaping the snot
not sticky
sticky

         Shokan Tadashi Kondo
 

~~


The servant who oversleeps
Puts on the firewood
Wildly.

         Anonymous

The lover who oversleeps
Puts on his clothes
Wildly

         Anita Virgil


~~
 

rain
erasing
the clown’s face

         Raymond Roseliep

tears
erasing
tammy faye’s face

         Anita Virgil
 

~~
 

while we wait
to do it again,
the rains of spring

         Michael McClintock

while we wait
to do it again,
a fly on a fly

         Carol Raisfeld 
 

~~
 

a stick goes over the falls at sunset

         Cor van den Heuvel
 

a stool pigeon goes over the falls at sunset

         Nicky "Shoes" Gambini
 


Credits:

"An old pond", translated by Hiroaki Sato, from From the Country of Eight Islands, Translated and edited by Hioaki Sato and Burton Watson, Columbia University Press, New York, copyright © 1981 by Hiroaki Sato and Burton Watson; by permission of Hiroaki Sato.

"An old frog" from The Senryu Series, HC Newsletter 1990, edited by Alan Pizzarelli; copyright © 1990 by Jaxon Teck: by permission of the author.

"Lily" from American Haiku Vol.I, No.1, copyright © 1963 by Nicholas Virgilio: by permission of Anthony Virgilio.

"Lily" from Senryu Magazine -- out to lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright © 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli.

"walking the snow-crust" from A 2nd Flake, Montclair Press, copyright © 1974 by Anita Virgil; by permission of the author.

"shaping the snot" from the W.B.A.I. Broadcast "In the Spirit" (4-4-76), copyright © 1976, by Shokan Tadashi Kondo; by permission of the author.

"The servant who oversleeps" from R. H. Blyth, Japanese Life and Character in Senryu, (Japan, Hokuseido Press, 1960.)

"The lover who oversleeps" from the Senryu Series, edited by Alan Pizzarelli, Haiku Canada Newsletter, copyright © 1990 by Anita Virgil: by permission of the author.

"rain" from Sailing Bones: Haiku, Ruffsdale, PA: The Rook Press, copyright © 1978 by Raymond Roseliep, copyright renewed 1983 by Daniel J. Rogers; by permission of The Rev. Daniel J. Rogers.

"tears" from the Senryu Series, edited by Alan Pizzarelli, HC Newsletter, copyright © 1990 by Anita Virgil: by permission of the author.

"while we wait" from Maya; Poems 1968-1975, SOP, Los Angeles, copyright 1975 by Michael McClintock: by permission of the author.

"while we wait" by Carol Raisfeld appears here for the first time.

"a stick" from dark, Chant Press, copyright © 1982 by Cor van den Heuvel; by permission of the author.

"a stool pigeon" from The Don Don’t Wear Bermuda Shorts , Balle Press, 2005, no copyright necessary: by order of the author.


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