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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1


Making Tracks
Dru Philippou


Mother drags the Tiffany floor lamp back and forth across the rug. Explains that if it's too close to the brown leather armchair, they repulse each other . . . if too far, there is no relation between them. By late evening, she discovers an ideal distance for it. I study the lamp marks in the rug: the sudden twists and turns, the overlaps, and the independent curves, and remember how Mother used to be. I look up to find her in the armchair, mending Father's jacket.

breast pocket
stabbed with needles
early morning sun


Dru Philippou was raised in London and now lives in Taos, New Mexico. She is a widely published poet in the haiku, haibun, and tanka prose genres. Awards include the Scorpion Prize: A tie for the best haiku or senryu of issue VI:I 2006, Roadrunner Haiku Journal; twice nominee for the Pushcart Prize, 2006; and an honorable mention in the Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Contest, 2008. She teaches online courses in haiku: For information contact: