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Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli

THINGS

since the fire
so many things
I can do without

Karen Sohne

 

no one in sight
the rich man picks up
the shiny penny

Bob Brill

 

suspecting
it's dogshit…
it's dogshit

Barry George

 

sign outside
the telemarketing factory:
No Soliciting!

Don Miller

 

"I'm serious!"
he shouts
wearing a pinwheel hat

Alan Pizzarelli

 

grasping the "wet paint" sign
the dyslectic

Jörgen Johansson

 

trying on a suit
before a mirror
he stops to squeeze a zit

Bob Brill

 

the executive
in a new dark suit
cursing the pigeon

Elizabeth St Jacques

 

small town festival:
the quilting champion wins
an electric blanket

Mike Dillon

 

tunnel of love
she props the stuffed frog
between us

Ed Markowski

 

On the clown's dresser
      a red nose
          and a picture of Edith

Arizona Zipper

 

after pronouncing
the prune pie "delicious"
he shits his pants

Ted Heavens

 

the fruit pickers
seem glum about it —
a record crop

Michael McClintock

 

after
  his first haircut
     a cowlick

Randy Brooks

 

boys giggle and point —
on a clothesline
wind-blown women's underwear

Bob Brill

 

in her dressing room
the stripper powders her breasts
and whispers something to them

Cor van den Heuvel

 

on the showgirl's lap
the ventriloquist's dummy
gets a woody

Diana Pandolfo

 

the all-night café —
a teenager sits alone
smelling his fingers

Mykel Board

 

first meditation class —
he begins by contemplating
the blonde's navel

Ray Rasmussen

 

her tattoo —
wondering about the part
that doesn't show

Efren Estevez

 

even with "Juicy"
written across her ass
she scowls at my glance

Shane Bartlett

 

"You seem like a nice guy,"
she says —
I brace myself for the "but"

Jesse McGowen

 

Dripping
all night:
the faucet I fixed

Garry Gay

 

in the shower
an economy-size bar of soap
lands on my toe

Tom Clausen

 

my mind takes a leap
off the baseboard
in the bathroom

Cor van den Heuvel

 

old water fountain
hitting me in the eye
again

Barry George

 

cool forest lake
as I slip off my shorts the snort
of a bull moose

George Swede

 

scrambling to follow
our sticks in the stream,
one of us joins them

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

full elevator
silently someone breaking wind
the door closes

Carlos Colón

 

at the cat show
the rock star's girlfriend
in her leopard coat

Patricia Neubauer

 

lifted out of his shoes
he praises
the bully's nose ring

Jörgen Johansson

 

Methodical husband:
On his list of chores, she finds
her name.

Anita Krumins

 

she always reads the film critics
to find out
what she thinks

Anita Virgil

 

a fat woman
sinks and sinks
into the plush sofa

Kala Ramesh

 

spin the bottle —
every turn
i get myself

Stanford M. Forrester

 

paging through the anthology
that doesn't include
me

Karen Sohne

 

wringing out the dishrag
again i ask
where he's been

Brynne McAdoo

 

He said he spent
      the night alone —
hairpin on the floor.

Alexis Rotella

 

divorce proceedings —
things hers, not his
his, not hers

Ray Rasmussen

 

they take the beach chair
up and with everything in it
go

Martin Shea


Credits:

"since the fire" from Basho Memorial Museum, 58th Basho Festival Haiku Anthology, copyright © 2004 by Karen Sohne: by permission of the author.

"I'm serious!" from Senryu Magazine, River Willow Publications, copyright © 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.

"the executive" from The Senryu Series, edited by Alan Pizzarelli, Haiku Canada Newsletter, copyright (c) 1990 by Elizabeth St Jacques; by permission of the author.

"On the clown's dresser" from Frogpond, Vol. XIII, No. 3, copyright © 1990 by Arizona Zipper; by permission of the author.

"after" from Brussels Sprout 4.1, copyright © 1985 by Randy Brooks: by permission of the author.

"in her dressing room" from One Hundred Frogs: from Renga to Haiku to English by Hiroaki Sato, Weatherhill, copyright © 1983 by Cor van den Heuvel; by permission of the author.

"Dripping" from Fig Newtons, Senryu to Go, edited by Michael Dylan Welch, Press Here, copyright © 1993 by Garry Gay: by permission of the author.

"in the shower" from Woodnotes # 23, copyright © 1994 by Tom Clausen: by permission of the author.

"my mind takes a leap" from The Haiku Anthology, 2nd edition, edited by Cor van den Heuvel, Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Inc., NY, copyright © 1986 by Cor van den Heuvel: by permission of the author.

"cool forest lake" first appeared in Gusto, copyright (c) 1979 by George Swede; by permission of the author.

"full elevator" from Raw Nervz Vol 1, No. 1. copyright © 1994 by Carlos Colón: by permission of the author.

"Methodical husband" from This Day's New Face, Haiku Canada Sheet, copyright ©1993 by Anita Krumins; by permission of the author.

"spin the bottle" from Raw Nervz Vol. III:4, copyright © 2003 by Stanford M. Forrester : by permission of the author.

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

"He said he spent" from Looking for a Prince, White Peony Press, copyright © 1991 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.