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Winter 2008, vol 6 no 4


Tara Betts


sneakers' knotted
laces hang from phone wires
the wind moans
  summer evening—
baby at the bar licks lime slice
and puckers
I scratch smudge
from my forearm—
  awning rustles
above our heads...
a sparrow soars
rain flecks signs
on election day—
we watch the storm

name Tara Betts teaches creative writing at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her haiku have appeared in Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem (Brooks Books), Taboo Haiku, Erotic Haiku, Valley Voices and Fingernails Across a Chalkboard (Third World Press). In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and reading. Her website is