Mirror – by Thomas Zimmerman

The river’s mirror flows unseen, then seen, breathes mist that honeys tongues and throats in song, that jewels the threadbare waking mind. The green and black quotidian grows twelvefold strong and infinite. We see that everything is river-fed: the roots and sources, veins and arteries; the constant flux of wing and fin and hoof; the spring and autumn rains that fall on all, combined and … Continue reading Mirror – by Thomas Zimmerman

The Pond Heron – by Chella Coutington

I can’t think of my cousin without seeing the Chinese Pond Heron. Its yellow bill tipped in black. During mating season gray feathers flecked with white turn red. Low-lying, he wades in brackish water, spears a glossy frog. Cracks him in half before swallowing. One leg tucked under his body, he holds position. Behind a break of water palms, silt seeping through the hole in … Continue reading The Pond Heron – by Chella Coutington

What is Haiku and Does it Matter?

Across many haiku communities people argue about what haiku is. Some people write mostly haiku and attest that you need kigo (season words) or kireji (cutting words). Others believe that you must adhere to “5-7-5″—though most communities have abandoned this syllable count. And then there is senryu. As I understand, senryu is like haiku, except for the way that haiku deals with seasons and nature. … Continue reading What is Haiku and Does it Matter?