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Spring 2006, vol 4 no 1

HAIKU

Shane Bartlett

 

all fall filling the wedge my axe makes  
   
  Birds at the window--
her sleeping fingers flutter
against my chest
   
Harvest moon
    on the picnic table
  a mound of dead bees
 
   
  termite season
    how a single memory
  can route your life
 
Hiroshima sunrise
    what the shadows
  leave behind
 
   

Shane Bartlett studies Poetry and Film in Nashville. In the past year, he has worked to apply his study of poetry and language toward a more forensic reading and writing of haiku, and toward a tonal usage of language in poetry in general. Since then his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Borderlands, USA Today Online, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Presence, bottle rockets, Acorn, Roadrunner, Ribbons, and moonset.