a thousand years

/ Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women (An Anthology) by Makoto Ueda

Sutejo Den (1633-1698)

*Ueda notes that “a pine mushroom (matsutake) is so named because it sprouts under pine trees. In Japan, pine trees were once believed to live for a thousand years. Buddhism emphasizes that each living thing possesses a different sense of time.”

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john martone / molecular lament

Always a zephyr to find a new portfolio from john martone in the mailbox. His latest installment is molecular lament, and i thought i’d throw together some favorites. (In the course of doing a quick search for the cover image, i came across a nice suite of entirely different poems from this collection made by Jerome Rothenberg for his blog “Poems and poetics” thru Jacket2; do check it out.)

lettuce
seed

tastes
of dust

.

(the small
waves

too
dragon
flies)

.

now he’s dead
they tear out
all those walls

.

so many cells
but he can’t name
that bird song

.

bird-note
sails off
earth’s edge

.

everything
people have

given me
bird-note

.

box of photos
spilled on the floor

it’s all water

.

falling from
heights of that
molecule —

.

any
thing

single’s
a thorn

.

white hair
fluorescent
lights

.

what clock
ticking
so fast

.

say that word
feel the void’s
ligament

.

long
before

cunei
form

throat
carti
lage

.

those molecules
raise their eyes
it’s raining

.

john martone

/ molecular lament
sumaddo / ocean
2012

johnmartone@gmail.com

[an on-line version is available on jm’s scribd page]

One-Line Haiku Anthology

“Following two years of editorial research, Snapshot Press now invites open submissions of one-line haiku (also known as “monostich haiku,” “monoku” or simply “one-liners”) for the first tradition-spanning anthology of one-line haiku in English. Edited by John Barlow, the anthology will consider the conventions and history of one-line haiku in English, tracing the tradition from its beginnings in the 1960s and 1970s and celebrating the popularity of the form in the 1980s and its resurgence in the early years of the twenty-first century.

All schools of haiku will be considered.”

For what, when, how, and where on submissions, click here.