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Spring 2006, vol 4 no 1

HAIKU

Michael McClintock

 

a long strand of spider silk
trailing from the tomb . . .
paper chrysanthemums
 
   
  names of lovers
carved in a whale's rib . . .
tides of spring
   
seeing friends off --
bright shapes they are,
outlined by darkness
 
   
  a bug
on the Pollack painting,
now climbing the wall
 
Four above poems from Roadrunner Haiku Journal, v4, 2005; "Southwest Haijin" feature.


 
freshly molded
in clay --
the coolness
 
  lingering over an egg
boiled in the shell
winter deepens
 
the day heats up --
I make the dog's grave
deeper by a foot
 
  cold morning in the city:
deciding what's me
and what's everything else
 
Four above poems from Upstate Dim Sum, II; "Guest Poet" selection.


 
summer days
I'm a friend of green shadows
and the sycamore tree
 

Michael McClintock was born in 1950 in Los Angeles, California. He resides in South Pasadena and Los Angeles, California. Until his retirement in 2001, he was Principal Librarian and Administrator for the County of Los Angeles Public Library.

He was educated at Occidental College and the University of Southern California, specializing in English and American Literature, Asian Studies, and Information Sciences.

He served as Assistant Editor of Haiku Highlights in late '60s; Associate Editor of Modern Haiku in early '70s; edited Seer Ox: American Senryu Magazine, and the American Haiku Poets Series, 1972-1976. He currently writes the "Tanka Cafe" column for the Tanka Society of America Newsletter, and edits The New American Imagist series for Hermitage West.

Collections of haiku, senryu, tanka, and related poetry include "Light Run" (Shiloh, 1971), "Man With No Face" (Shelters Press, 1974), "Maya: Selected Poems" (Seer Ox, 1976). His work has been broadly anthologized, including in each of the three editions of The Haiku Anthology, edited by Cor van den Heuvel (1974, 1986, 1999). "The Tanka Anthology," edited by Michael McClintock, Pamela Miller Ness, and Jim Kacian, was released in December 2003 from Red Moon Press (232 pp., hardback, $24.95, from Red Moon Press).

Additional Information about Michael can be found at these two links:
            ~ Contemporary English-language Haiku and the Long View: an interview with Michael
                McClintock by Janice Bostok, Stylus Poetry Journal, 2002
                (http://www.styluspoetryjournal.com/main/master.asp?id=373)

            ~ Dialogue with a poet, World Haiku Review, vol. 2, no. 2
                (http://www.worldhaikureview.org/2-2/dialogue_mmclintock.shtml)