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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1


An Opening
Collin Barber


I am ensnared in a region where it is difficult to flourish. Anemic blades of grass are sparsely visible as the snowscape absorbs the bruise from a setting sun. I don't know why I'm satisfied that I've become accustomed to a place that has left me so numb. In fact, I couldn't care less whether or not the stars will accept their usual positions out there in the darkness. I'm just looking for a crack in the sky.

silent winter night;
a pond turtle thumps
the aquarium glass


Collin Barber Collin Barber is from Memphis, Tennessee, and he currently lives in Marion, Arkansas. Some of his haiku, haibun, and tanka can be seen in various publications in print and on the world wide web, and he is one of the poets featured in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku. He maintains his own website at .