Writers & Lovers Cafe: Spring 2014

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Spring 2014

ISSN 2309-3315

WRITERS & LOVERS

CAFE

A HAIKU JOURNAL

#2

Hsinchu City, Taiwan


Writers & Lovers Studio

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Title: Writers & Lovers Cafe: A Haiku Journal #2, Spring, 2014

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Table of Contents

Haiku, Senryu, and One-liners …....................................... 1

Haiga (“autumn rain ...”) by Ramesh Anand ..…................. 3

Haiga (“autumn twilight ...”) by Ramesh Anand ….............. 3

Haiku (cont.) …................................................................... 6

Haiga by Pamela A. Babusci …...........................................7

Haiga by Pamela A. Babusci and Pat Geyer ......................7

Haiku (cont.) …................................................................... 8

Haiga by Anna Mazurkiewicz and Lech Szeglowski …......12

Haiga by Maire Morrissey-Cummins …..............................12

Haiku (cont.) …...................................................................13

Haiga by Veronika Zora Novak …...................................... 17

Haiga by (“energy in … “) by Julian O'Dea ….....................17

Haiku (cont.) …....................................................................18

Haiga by Debbie Strange …................................................21

Haiga by Irena Iris Szewczyk …..........................................21


Haiku (cont.) ….................................................................... 22

Haiga by Traci Siler …......................................................... 25

Haiku (cont.) ….................................................................... 26

Tanka …............................................................................... 35

Tanka Prose …..................................................................... 45

Tea Room Haiga by Iyza Jabat Cabrera

(haiga chapbook publication announcement) .............47

Tanka Classics (featured poet: Kathabela Wilson) ….......... 48

Book Reviews ….................................................................. 50

A Solitary Woman by Pamela A. Babusci (Createspace)

Paper Plane by Ikumi Yoshimura (Rainbow Press, Japan)

In this Isssue …................................................................... 53


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 1

Haiku, Senryu, and One-liners

New Year's Day

the bare and abandoned

dining table

– Willie R. Bongcaron

new year sweet

we take turns to feast

the new born

– Ramesh Anand

winter night

smokers huddle

inhaling warmth

– Maire Morrissey-Cummins

unimagined infirmity holiday gifts ebbing

– Susan Diridoni

in a discarded sock spring warmth

– Chris Dominiczak


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 2

a passed note

do you like me or not

my paper heart

– Susan Burch

morning haze --

a tree of chirrups in

front of the temple

– Kumarendra Mallick

the circus left –

wild flowers

now

– Abraham Ben-Arroyo

fresh flowers

the stranger kneels

to touch her grave

– Robert McManes


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 3

Haiga by Ramesh Anand

Haiga by Ramesh Anand


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 4

early morning

the scurry of mice

in the barn

– Robert McManes

still making

up my mind

blossoming flower

– Simon Exley

onset of spring –

from the decorated pot

pongal* bubbles out

– Ramesh Anand

*pongal is also the name of a sweetened dish of rice boiled with lentils which is ritually consumed on this day.

Symbolically, pongal signifies the warming i.e. boiling of the season as the Sun travels northward towards the

equinox.

her straw star his chaffing again

– Ralf Broker

scent of spring

fills dandelion gardens –

fog on my screen

– Abhik Shome


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 5

cold moon

the scent of her breath

warms me up

– Ramesh Anand

unexpressed words thaw

in the warmth of our breaths –

the scent of snowflakes

– Claudia Messelodi

without snow

the first winter evening

you flash a smile

– Angelo B. Ancheta

lofty blankets as white clouds make light shadows for the exhausted

– Fahreddin Shehu


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 6

the driver

sips her latte

overtaking lane

– Myron Lysenko

entangled in hair

torrents

of stuttered speech

– Veronika Zora Novak

inaugural issue

I unfold the pages

of bygone days

– Pravat Kumar Padhy

falling cherry petals

on her arm

goose bumps

– Lech Szeglowski


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 7

Haiga by Pamala A.Babusci

Haiga by Pamala A. Babusci and Pat Geyer


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 8

swatted flies –

long dead before

the police came

– Ernesto P. Santiago

a cloud

in the shape of a house

homeless man

– Myron Lysenko

patchy cloud

a loose butterfly

fills a gap

– Chris Dominiczak

from the cherry tree

a scented song

of the quail

– Ed Bremson


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 9

the whiteness

of your petals, camellia,

awakens dreams

– Rita Odeh

Excerpt from: Buds of Dreams by Rita Odeh, a haiku and tanka chapbook due in Summer 2014 from the

Writers & Lovers Studio.

you turn from my kiss

in the produce section

chicken . . .

– Susan Burch

iridescent dance

of a damselfly

summer rain

– Maureen Sudlow

harmonica . . .

igniting every inch

of blue

– Veronika Zora Novak


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 10

after our dance

we lay in filtered moonlight

she kept my tie

– Gary Blankenship

Excerpt from: The Poetic States by Gary Blankenship, a book of poetry due in Summer 2014 from the

Writers & Lovers Studio.

he reached that place

he'd searched for

in the corner of his smile

– Morgan Nikola-Wren

early spring

a look at the waves

in wool sweaters

– Michele Harvey

the toddler runs

around a lighthouse

another wave

– Jade Pisani


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 11

outpoured desires percolate and leak in the holes of our emptiness

– Fahreddin Shehu

desert winds

drink up the rain

my passion

– Violetta Antonia Sorcini

coyote howls

across the empty prairie

a full moon rises

– Robert McManes

full moon . . .

barking at every silhouette

my dog

– Neelam Dadhwal


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 12

Haiga by Anna Mazurkiewicz and Lech Szeglowski

Haiga by Maire Morrissey-Cummin


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 13

winter moon . . .

raindrops return

to the sea

– Rita Odeh

Excerpt from: Buds of Dreams by Rita Odeh, a haiku and tanka chapbook due in Summer 2014 from the

Writers & Lovers Studio.

old bread oven

full of colors and aromas

young baker's dream

– Wieslaw Karlinski

woods in the mist

the distance from this point

to beyond

– Robert McManes

daffodil appears

hinting at a promise

phone never rings

– Abhik Shome


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 14

among the clouds

a bird flying from

the smell of thunder

– Ed Bremson

Excerpt from: With Dreams of Summer Stars by Ed Bremson, a haiku and tanka chapbook due in Spring

2014 from the Writers & Lovers Studio.

healthcare . . .

the sucking reflex

of a kitten

– Ernesto P. Santiago

I’m the last to bed

I’m the first to rise

snow fills the crack in-between

– Howie Good

flutter of the sail

the more perfect arc

of the moon

– Anna Mazurkiewicz


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 15

sunset . . .

holding a soldier's

entrails

– Robert D. Wilson

Excerpt from: A Soldier's Bones by Robert D. Wilson, a hokku and haiku book out from the Writers & Lovers

Studio.

blessed escape of hospital time a blue moon

– Susan Diridoni

fallen stars

twinkle on the sidewalk

I sweep them up

– Carole Johnston

far kitchen . . .

the scent of the garden

fresh thyme

– Neelam Dadhwal

pouring

from my teapot

my cluttered mind

– Maire Morrissey-Cummins


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 16

wilting rose

gardener's gloves hang

on the line

– Myron Lysenko

sand in his cut-offs

in her bikini bottoms

beach shower

--Gary Blankenship

Excerpt from: The Poetic States by Gary Blankenship, a haiku and tanka chapbook due in Spring 2014 from

the Writers & Lovers Studio.

tulip times bring

a sweet promise of love –

sting of honeybee

– Abhik Shome

heavy snow --

church-bell melts

the silence

– Pravat Kumar Padhy


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 17

Haiga by Veronika Zora Novak

Haiga by Julian O'Dea


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 18

wilting rose

gardener's gloves hang

on the line

.

– Myron Lysenko

.

sand in his cut-offs

in her bikini bottoms

beach shower

.

– Gary Blankenship

tulip times bring

a sweet promise of love –

sting of honeybee

– Abhik Shome

heavy snow --

church-bell melts

the silence

– Pravat Kumar Padhy


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 19

my heart

beats just for you

thunderstorm

– Myron Lysenko

a dog barks

at the darkening sea...

a monster?

– Rita Odeh

Excerpt from: Buds of Dreams by Rita Odeh, a haiku and tanka chapbook due in Summer 2014 from the

Writers & Lovers Studio.

ripples in pond –

thoughts encircle me

in my solitude

– Pravat Kumar Padhy

.

winter dusk

my crows feet roost

a little deeper

.

– Chris Dominiczak


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 20

orange sunset …

the color of shrimps

born without eyes

– Ernesto P. Santiago

.

between the moon and the sun I weep

– Veronika Zora Novak

exploding star

somewhere in the refrain

my voice breaks

– Angelo B. Ancheta

running after

a plastic bag

the wind and I

– Maire Morrissey-Cummins


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 21

Haiga by Debbie Strange

Haiga by Irena Iris Szewczyk


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 22

no wind

today's silence deafening

on the prairie

– Robert McManes

from my soles

the blaze climbs . . .

her fingers on my ankle

– Gary Blankenship

Excerpt from: Sucking Mangoes Naked: An Anthology of Erotic Haiku due from the Writers & Lovers Studio

in Summer 2014.

vivid girl . . .

a pocket full

of stars

– Veronika Zora Novak

I undress

after dark

before a flame

– Michele Harvey

Excerpt from: Sucking Mangoes Naked: An Anthology of Erotic Haiku due from the Writers & Lovers Studio

in Summer 2014.


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 23

Myron asks

are we ready, then

does the dishes

– Simon Exley

soft music

candlelight flickers

in my lover's eyes

– Robert McManes

wondering

if you miss me too

red kit in the sky

– Susan Burch

moistening the dry fig

I quench my thirst

with the flame

– Fahreddin Shehu

colors multitude

and birds flying in flocks . . .

guitar needs tuning

– Abhik Shome


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 24

crimson blush

sunken cheeks

lines that speak

– Violetta Antonia Sorcini

dream home

blurred in the mist

a white fence

– Anna Mazurkiewicz

spiced apples' smell the wet dog begs for love

– Ralf Broker

he returned . . .

the first blossoms

of a cherry tree

– Branka Vojinovic Jegdic

Transl. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 25

Excerpts from: Demlips by Traci Siler, a book of haiga due in Summer 2014 from the Writers & Lovers Studio.


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 26

crimson blush

sunken cheeks

lines that speak

– Violetta Antonia Sorcini

dream home --

blurred in the mist

a white fence

– Anna Mazurkiewicz

spiced apples' smell the wet dog begs for love

– Ralf Broker

he returned . . .

the first blossoms

of a cherry tree

– Branka Vojinovic Jegdic

Transl. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 27

her smile now a frown

as his scarf

slides across her neck

– Gary Blankenship

open mind --

but my nose

is blocked

– Myron Lysenko

a poplar –

its long shadow caressing

the other bank

– Branka Vojinovic Jegdic

Transl. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic

still water

a gull on the rocks

reflects on herself

– Maire Morrissey-Cummins


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 28

bedroom slippers –

my footfall muffled

while I pace the floor

– Devin Harrison

on the lake . . .

the cold wind shivers

my wrinkled face

– Ramesh Anand

winter night

the moon and stars

walk me home

– Maire Morrissey-Cummins

after a goodbye kiss

she crosses the bridge –

clear reflections

– Jade Pisani


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 29

grannie's birthday –

a grandson hands her

last skipass

– Wieslaw Karlinski

featheration

of baby quail . . .

thistledown

– Maureen Sudlow

a kaleidoscope

of colorful leaves and buds

dancing in her heart

– Claudia Messelodi

all dry they wait

for the autumn winds . . .

these acacia blossoms

– Branka Vojinovic Jegdic

Transl. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 30

home alone –

thunderclaps vibrate

my bed

– Jade Pisani

Excerpt from: Sucking Mangoes Naked: An Anthology of Erotic Haiku due from the Writers & Lovers Studio

in Summer 2014.

two sisters and tea

raspberries in the morning –

small sips of beauty

– Richard Russell

.

waves of blue . . .

where I meet you

in dreams

– Veronika Zora Novak

and still I wait for

your skin to brush over me

when I wake alone

– Morgan Nicola-Wren


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 31

African violet –

silky skin

fragrant hair

– Violetta Antonia Sorcini

lingering tears

on the old pine tree . . .

winter dawn

– Rita Odeh

Excerpt from: Buds of Dreams by Rita Odeh, a haiku and tanka chapbook due in Summer 2014 from the

Writers & Lovers Studio.

the setting sun

in the deep fog

a little early

– Neelam Dadhwal

winter gale

a grove of pine

wheezing

– Maire Morrissey-Cummins


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 32

falling star –

the five seconds

I didn't wish

– Ernesto P. Santiago

fresh snow --

the white flakes fall

in silence

– Robert McManes

cold night

I fall asleep wishing for

cricket song

– Carole Johnston

I end the year

with a sober mind –

clear river

– Jade Pisani


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 33

late autumn

wrinkles in the face

of the river

– Michele Harvey

garden gate

the sun's light interspersed

with the mist

– Willie R. Bongcaron

lake dawn –

a swing of an oar

and you're gone

– Artur Lewandowski

long queue at Ladies'

she boldly enters –

MEN

-- Freddy Ben-Arroyo


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 34

in a discarded sock spring warmth

-- Chris Dominiczak

drifting clouds . . .

memories of us

together

-- Shloka Shankar

a pink umbrella

flirting with the walking stick –

LOST & FOUND

-- Freddy Ben-Arroyo

putting out campfire --

so many fireflies

again

-- Artur Lewandowski

bonfire --

the fading embers

of our love

-- Shloka Shankar


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 35

Tanka

new year's dawn

like every other

she humbly begs

me to enter her

house with right foot

– Ernesto P. Santiago

half awake in dream

clutching rainbow

I wear yesterday's smile --

and taste your kisses

at the nape of my neck

– Nalini Priyadarshni

a sunken heart rose

yet again, searching

for a heartbeat that

wasn't hers, but perhaps

more dear

– Shloka Shankar


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 36

a melody

drifts from the bedroom window

I put down

my tools and gloves and hum

on the way to the house

– Gary Blankenship

Excerpt from: The Poetic States by Gary Blankenship, a book of poetry due in Summer 2014 from the

Writers & Lovers Studio.

city is breathing quietly

as the snow melts frozen feelings

embrace me with your eyes

and cover me

with the stars!

– Zdravka Babic

sawadee kha,* she bows to me –

palms pressed together

already smitten

I greet her in return

inner to inner

– Devin Harrison

* Thai greeting similar to Namaste

how long has it been

since your heart stopped beating

against the pavement?

mine flutters gradually

wilting every summer

– Lori Cureg


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 37

my mother catching

snowflakes on her tongue

for a few seconds

I can see why

dad loved her

– Susan Burch

around the fountain

a bevy of children

joyfully screaming . . .

drops of water soaking

the passers-by

– Branka Vojinovic Jegdic

Transl. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic

shaking spindrift

from seaweed hair

I rise up

from the deep

into your clarity

– Debbie Strange

songbirds dance

weeping branches

sway gently

from their game

of hide and seek

– Grace Beam


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 38

vibrancy of spring

brings announcement of my love

in an old photo

trying to infuse colours

to something in black and white

– Abhik Shome

home shrine

'Santa Nino'

the family in awe

raising this child

in their midst

– Devin Harrison

mother naps

on my father’s lap

sometimes –

this winter warmth

reverses between them

– Ramesh Anand

lateral

fragrance of blooming

narcissus

lay me

mid-air

– Susan Diridoni


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 39

a moment in life

your eyes blossom –

bliss, guts, thirst...

and you start to realize

it is life in a moment

– Peter Lee

every night

the stars are new again

eyes of gods

born and reborn waiting

the dog and I walk home

– Carole Johnston

geysers of how's and why's

throw up debris of

bygones and unborn . . .

let now melt and sweeten

hot tips of our tongues

– Nalini Priyadarshni

by the road

a still fox watching

the car

and astonished glances

inside them

– Branka Vojinovic Jegdic

Transl. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 40

hot summer --

a spider living

in the cannabis plant

yokes silken webs

to a yellow sun

– Devin Harrison

depression’s

blacker noir and sub-white . . .

its ethered weight

in shaman fjords

a glint of depth charge

– Susan Diridoni

on gray winter days

your house, bursting with color

makes my eyes smile

canary yellow

it sings of spring

– Susan Burch

your picture

as my desktop . . .

I trace the outline

of your lips

upon mine

– Amanda Dcosta


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 41

the traffic stream

on freeways

a few classic cars

turn heads

another decade passing

– Devin Harrison

it's not you

I often have this effect

my sweet honest words

turn deaf

the ears they fall on

– Nalini Priyadarshni

dawn gold

on the icy window

he drives

into the frozen hills

I watch him go

– Carole Johnston

down by the beech trees

creatures asleep

in the evening sun

with dreams

of summer stars

– Ed Bremson

Excerpt from: With Dreams of Summer Stars by Ed Bremson, a haiku and tanka chapbook due in Spring

2014 from the Writers & Lovers Studio.


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 42

the shape of your head

on the pillow in bed

your scented shampoo

If I change the pillowcase,

gone like you

– Susan Burch

they ask how you feel

as if it were an affliction

your retirement

blind to the growth of your wings

your new possibilities.

– Valeria Borouch

appreciate my irrationality

of taking you everywhere I go

to save my life

till to dust I return

and wake up beside you

– Nalini Priyadarshni

fetch me a peach -

I bring her a freestone and napkin

she bites it

peach juice and pulp soaking her frock –

I need a shower please join me

– Gary Blankenship


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 43

the push the press

of all that is to be

know this and that

could always be

something else

– Kathabela Wilson

trees grope around

and grip sheer rocks

as one after another

buds

go bad

– Tad Wojnicki

bathing

in moonlit water

these many years

i've flowered myself

into a garden

– Sandi Pray

you plucked me

from the bramble

and the thorn –

my wilted petals falling

at your feet

– Debbie Strange


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 44

your monogrammed towel

still hangs on the bathroom rack

missing your strong hands

how dry as an old stamp pad

it no longer weeps your loss

– Susan Burch

and that was it . . .

the little miss has gone to bed

the road trip ends

another casual goodbye

and that was it

– Lori Cureg

electric air

in a charcoal sky

one spark

is all

we need

– Jennifer Thompson

amber butterfly

did you mistake me

for a rose . . .

or are you the love I lost

lifetimes ago

– Sheila Windsor


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 45

Tanka Prose

Stretching Forever

I'm definitely not a morning person. I crawl out of bed all the time, but in the

past nine months the picture of a tall glass of fruit juice has religiously given

me a purpose to start the day. I love the smell of bananas, oranges, strawberries,

blueberries, kiwis; the sound of the blender; the chaotic mess I make

in the kitchen. All because I’d like to believe the fruit juice I regularly make for

him has extended his life. It has created unexpected miracles.

Now it seems like it's not doing it's magic anymore. What else can I possibly

do?

I refuse to hear

the word nursing home . . .

stretching forever

with him by my side

is all I can take

– Christine L. Villa


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 46

Empty Birdbath

Lately, I’ve found solace in my garden. Before, I hated getting my hands dirty

or my nose itchy from the soil or plants around me. I’m so glad I recently discovered

the healing effects of touching the ground, of replanting succulents

that don’t just die on me, of patiently waiting for them to grow in their own

time. I look forward to having a one-on-one conversation with my plants every

day. It keeps me out of the house, from feeling his absence too much. Deep

down I know I feel closer to him in my garden where everything breathes and

grows.

this morning

nobody fills up

the birdbath . . .

the blue jay and I

thirsty for you

– Christine L. Villa

Excerpt from: Stretching Forever and Other Tanka Prose by Christine L. Villa, a haiku and tanka prose

chapbook due in Summer 2014 from the Writers & Lovers Studio.


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 47

Tanka Classics

Spring's featured poet is Kathabela Wilson, renaissance woman. She is an

artist, jeweler, musician, publisher and writer ... Her poetry events are legend

in Southern California and her internet sites are among the best on the web.

Please enjoy her poetry and prose.

botanical

garden bee

on foxglove

the feel of your toe

in my ear

splitting the fruit

the first man

so agreeable

the artist

his brush

with green spirits

bees buzz

around the flower

oh brother, time

hidden sweet so loud

only we can hear


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 48

what birds peck

at seeds of dream

trembling stars

from my hand spark

ancient space

knowing

a fawn's breath

fruit

lifts where he

has been

ANGLES

A painting is hung in a room dedicated to the playing of music. A soloist, he spent

hours in the otherwise almost empty room alone. His wife identifies with the

painting and the attitude of the woman painted by the artist. His flute a mirror, her

silver earring dangles. Deftly, he turns the image of her sidelong glance. Her lips

are soundless and half open, her eyes, the surface of the sea. In her reflective gaze

a silver ray is wavering... emblems in another mirror picture upon picture, luminous

veneer. In the white room, their silence is a shell.

long discussion

his lips the taste

of anise and honey

arabesque

the shape I make for you

with my body

his anatomy

how I draw him

when words won't come

just lean silence

into the sweet

lemon essence of day

scent of night


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 49

Book Reviews

A Solitary Woman, by Pamela A. Babusci (Createspace, 2013). 76 pp. ISBN

9781492846741, perfectbound. Cover art: Larry DeKock. Cover design/layout:

Luminita Suse. $15 + (S&H varies from countries). Can be purchased on

Createspace or Amazon. For a signed copy: < moongate44@gmail.com >

Reviewed by Tad Wojnicki

You will fall for A Solitary Woman by Pamela A. Babusci. It's a rare beauty. Of

course, you've seen the beauty scattered around throughout the lit scene, but

here, for the first time, you get the beauty 146-poems strong.

will i be remembered

as a poet

a lover or a fool?

wild asters flooding

in autumn rains

You shall fall for a woman who gets fooled, but won't budge. Who gets stood

up, betrayed, underestimated, and passed over, yet won't clam up. Finally, a

woman who grabs a pen and tells how it is:

six years old

always trying to please

my mother

by being the

surrogate mom

A woman who suffers the indignity of not only being in her autumn years, so

shameful of our mores, but also of being childless. No man would make her


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 50

bear his child. Her desire to be the mother is everywhere. So eventually, she

conjures up herself as a fetus:

i want to sleep

in the field of wild poppies

let their

red flesh envelop me

& my broken heart

So ultimately a realization strikes that the Solitary Woman is not solitary. She

has been committed – engaged, betrothed, faithful – to the Tanka Lover ... It

also gets clear that Pamela A. Babusci gave birth to the most beautiful child

she could have ever conceived -- herself.

her porcelain skin

newly washed like

a fresh water pearl

she awaits her lover's footprints

across the dewy path

***

Paper Plane, by Ikumi Yoshimura. (Rainbow Press, Gifu, Japan 2012). 86 unnumbered

pages, 4” X 8”, Japanese stringbound. ISBN 978-4-947716-03-7.

$10/1000 Yen from: Rainbow Press, Oonawaba 4-13, Gifu 500-8889, Japan

or < ikuyo.yoshimura@nifty.com >

Reviewed by Tad Wojnicki

There is something in Paper Plane by Ikumi Yoshimura that makes it pretty

intimate. The haiku chapbook is almost as intimate as a shy high-schooler's

diary. The speaker's voice is modest, focused on small things, almost dainty:

eating an apple

like a girl –

the day moon

pick wild strawberries

wondering about

some excuses


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 51

The book is printed on a rich stock in an unusual backpack- and coffeehousefriendly

format, and its pages bear no numbers, giving off the feel that you are

holding a stack of poetry-slam handouts. Also, the text is printed vertically, not

horizontally, You get the impression it is a very artsy neighborhood. At times

it feels like Greenwich Village:

actor drops in

secondhand book store

night of summer solstice

like a fairy tale

I ask my husband

to pick some medicinal herbs

But even if the neighborhood is quickly recognizable as Greenwich Village,

the flavors are all Asian. The sounds, artifacts, and concerns are exotic. The

events, upheavals, and terrors of the daily life are dainty, minuscule, or else

over-exaggerated.

a scream

of young wife

a roach's gone

Professor Ikumi Yoshimura has taught at Gifu University, Dept. of Comparative

Literature, for 30 years. She sings of her neighborhood in haiku saturated

with sensual data very reminiscent of Basho's perspective:

setting sun brightens

a smoke of grilled shells –

autumn shore

early morning wind

a gull is skimming

the boatman's face

Perhaps the greatest gift of Yoshimura's book I had never expected. Haiku is

one's oooh's and aha!'s over daily, ordinary things served straight, she shows.

Objects like “paper planes” or “paper lanterns” are really straight talk:

spring festival –

my wish on the paper lantern

swaying


WRITERS & LOVERS CAFE: Spring 2014 52

Tea Room Haiga by Iyza Jabat Cabrera is a beautiful full-color collection available from Amazon

as well as from Writers & Lovers Studio < http://www.writers-and-lovers.com/new-releases.html >


In This Issue

Anand, Ramesh 1,3,4,5,14,28,38

Ancheta, Angelo B. 5,20

Babic, Zdravka 36

Babusci, Pamela A. 7,50,51

Beam, Grace 37

Ben-Arroyo, Abraham 2,33,34

Blankenship, Gary 10,16,22,27,36,42

Bongcaron, Willie R. 1,33

Borouch, Valeria 42

Bremson, Ed 8,14,41

Broker, Ralf 4,24,26

Buds of Dream: A Walk in Haiku by Rita Odeh 9,13,31

Burch, Susan 2,9,23,37,40,42,44

Cabrera, Iyza Jabat (Iyza Wojnicki) 47

Cureg, Lori 36,44

Dadhwal, Neelam 11,15,31

Dcosta, Amanda 40

Demlips: Erotic Haiga by Traci Siler 25

Diridoni, Susan 1,15,38,40

Dominiczak, Chris 1,8,19,34

Exley, Simon 3,23

Geyer, Pat 7

Good, Howie 14

Harvey, Michele 10,22,33

Harrison, Devin 28,38,40,41

Jegdic, Branka Vojinovic 24,26,27,29,37,39

Johnston, Carole 15,32,39,41

Karlinski, Wieslaw 13,29

Lee, Peter 39

Lewandowski, Artur 33,34

Lysenko, Myron 6,8,16,18,19,27

Mallick, Kumarendra 2

Mazurkiewicz, Anna 12,14,24,26

McManes, Robert 2,4,11,13,14,22,23,32


Messelodi, Claudia 5,29

Morrissey-Cummins, Maire 1,12,15,20,27,28,31

Nicola-Wren, Morgan 10,30

Novak, Veronika Zora 6,9,17,20,22,30

O'Dea, Julian 9,17

Odeh, Rita 9,13,19,31

Padhy, Pravat Kumar 6,16,18,19

Paper Plane by Ikumi Yoshimura (reviewed) 51,52

Pisani, Jade 10,28,30,32

The Poetic States with a Drop of Sunshine by Gary Blankenship 10,16,36

Pray, Sandi 43

Priyadarshini, Nalini 35,39,41,42,

Russell, Richard 30

Santiago, Ernesto P. 8,14,20,32,35

Shankar, Shloka 33,35

Shehu, Fahreddin 5,11,23

Shome, Abhik 4,13,16,23,38

Siler, Traci 25

A Soldier's Bones by Robert D.Wilson 15

A Solitary Woman by Pamela A. Babusci (reviewed) 50,51

Sorcini, Violetta Antonia 11,23,25,30

Strange, Debbie 20,39,45

Stretching Forever and Other Tanka Prose by Christine L. Villa 45,46

Sucking Mangoes Naked: An Erotic Haiku Anthology 22,30

Sudlow, Maureen 9,29

Szeglowski, Lech 6,12

Szewczyk, Irena Iris 21

Tea Room Haiga by Iyza Jabat Cabrera (publication announcement) 47

Thompson, Jennifer 44

Villa, Christine L. 45,46

Vukelic-Rozic, Djurdja 24,26,27,29,37,39

Wilson, Kathabela 43,48,49

Wilson, Robert D. 15

Windsor, Sheila 44

With the Dreams of Summer Stars by Ed Bremson 14,41

Wojnicki, Iyza (Iyza Jabat Cabrera) 47

Wojnicki, Tad 43,50,52

Writers & Lovers Studio < www.writers-and-lovers.com > 9,10,13,14,15,16,

19,22,25,30,31,36,41,46,47

Yoshimura, Ikumi 51,52

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