October 2003, Volume 1, Number 4

Richard Stevenson

I am a Canadian poet and live and teach in Lethbridge in Southern Alberta.  I have published fifteen books, if you count the two forthcoming, two of them being collections of haiku, senryu, and tanka.  My most recent titles are Hot Flashes: Maiduguri Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka (Ekstasis Editions, 2001 ) and Live Evil: A Homage To Miles Davis ( Thistledown Press, 2000 ).  Other haiku etc. have appeared in Haiku Canada, Presence, Short Stuff, World Haiku Review, Haiku Light and elsewhere.

her death so sudden --
hummingbird sips nectar
as you cup the phone

a murder of crows
caw from the cottonwoods ...
how should I reply?

to kill or not to --
the wasp nest its own
paper brain

already yellow,
a single arbutus leaf
flutters to the ground

one sharp yelp --
still dachshund pup snaps
at the grounded wasp

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