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Winter 2007, vol 5 no 4


Matthew Paul


evening heat
the unseen sapsucker
drums five times
  marbled whites—
a blackberry pip
stuck between my teeth
the last sun
across the lammas lands
perennial asters
  by the great river,
    barely a foot deep:
       black horehound
first wintering gulls
gather on the mudbanks—
Michaelmas rain

Matthew Paul Matthew Paul was born in 1966 and lives and works in London. A regular contributor of haiku to journals in the UK and the USA for many years, his first collection, The Regulars, was recently published by Snapshot Press. He is a member of the committee of the British Haiku Society, administers the Society's annual haibun anthology, and is reviews editor for Presence haiku magazine. With John Barlow, he is the co-editor and co-writer of Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2007), an anthology which reflects his love of the natural world and avian life in particular.