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Autumn Haiku, 2010

by Neal Whitman Autumn is a time to harvest pumpkins. How about a U.S. harvest of 1.5 billion pounds! Two hours north of me up California’s Highway One is a lovely coastal town, Half Moon Bay, home to the World Pumpkin Festival — its 40th will be held October 16 – 18. We kick off the season […]

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My Cousin Djurdja

By Neal Whitman, Poetry Prof I treasure connecting with poets around the world  made possible by the Internet. One such poet, Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, and I call each other “poetry cousins” – she is the haiku editor for an art magazine published in Serbia / Bosnia-Herzegovina: Diogen Pro Kultura Magazin. She lives in Ivanic Grad, a […]

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Fall 2014

by Neal Whitman Fall or Autumn There are two kinds of people, yes? Those who call today the start of fall and those who call it the start of autumn. Fall is an older word that perhaps goes back to the fall of the leaf and then later we added autumn to the English lexicon […]

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Winter Haiku

By Neal Whitman For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Winter Solstice this year occurs on December 21: in my neck of the woods (Pacific Standard Time) at 3:38* in the afternoon. I do not know about you, but as the sun lowers in the late afternoon, around 4:00 or so, I turn to […]

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Klopp Lake Takes the Prize

by Neal Whitman Susurrus of red. Marbled godwits overhead whoosh onto the mud flats. A wind from nowhere. Amazement of avocets fly over. We whisper reverently.

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Sunday at the Brighton Loop

by Neal Whitman There was sleet Saturday. Summer was not over. Autumn had not turned. Ess curves take us to 8730 feet. Aspens still green are framed in white. We walk the snow-packed path that encircles Silver Lake at the Brighton Loop. At the observation deck a female mallard paddles by and leaves white tail […]

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Summer Haiku 2014

by Neal Whitman The last day of spring and suddenly it is the first day of summer. At least that is so in the Northern Hemisphere. Today the season turned at 3:51 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time. I slept through its tick of the clock. When do we end and where do we begin? When do […]

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Winter Haiku

Winter the season of cold. Solstice an instant in time. A tilt. Isn’t that just like a haiku? — phrase — breath — fragment I invite you on the Winter Solstice to take a breath and read this one aloud, perhaps at 5:47 p.m. to be exact. atop a lone pine a shrike in silhouette winter solstice

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Spring Haiku – 2011

by Neal Whitman Spring Water… a bottled drink or the weather? Spring Rain… a bath & shower gel or a romantic walk? Whatever! It is a change of season, so it is time for haiku. We started the 2011 haiku annual cycle feature indoors with a spinning wheel. Now, with the vernal equinox, we head outdoors, […]

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The New Year 2010

by Neal Whitman The New Year For those of you who have been on this site for a full year, you already know that there are five seasons in the Japanese calendar. So, here is our New Year haiku. This feature is not the time, nor the place, for Politics. But, please forgive me if […]

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Summer Haiku

by Neal Whitman lagging far behind friends call me to hurry up “Look” — summer rain sky Neal Whitman, our 1st of the month Poetry Prof, also provides our readers a haiku per season. In the Japanese tradition, a word or phrase associated with the season is called “kigo.” Neal is a member of the Yuki […]

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SPRING HAIKU 2014

by Neal Whitman There is a time for everything, and a season for everything under the heavens.  Ecclesiastes 3 Ah, March 20. The first day of a new season. The firey hue has been spotted all over! Are we speaking of blooming garden paths or fashion runways? Is orange the new black? Some say, when […]

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Just a Suggestion, Okay?

by Neal Whitman, Poetry Prof Can we talk? No, let’s not of graves, of worms, and epitaphs (Richard II, Act III, scene 2), but of editors. Dateline. August 22, 2011: I emailed ten tanka to a journal. Tanka, if you do not know, are five-line poems. November 28: two days before the journal was due […]

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Summer Haiku – 2013

by Neal Whitman First Day of Summer! Well, it is in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern? First Day of Winter. North or South, this is the Solstice from the Latin, sol (sun) and stitum (stop). The sun stopped? Only an illusion, of course. Still, the Solstice is a good day to stop and take […]

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New Year’s Haiku

by Neal Whitman Okay, champagne bottles are in the recycle bin and the confetti has been swept. This year I thought we would go a week past New Year’s Day to celebrate Saint Distaff’s Day. No, there was no such-named saint. On January 7, the day after the twelfth day of Christmas, women in Olde […]

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