December 2003, Volume 1, Number 6

Michael McClintock

Michael McClintock was born in 1950 in Los Angeles, California. He resides in South Pasadena, California. He was educated at Occidental College and the University of Southern California, specializing in English and American Literature, Asian Studies, and Information Sciences. He served as Assistant Editor of Haiku Highlights in late '60s; Associate Editor of Modern Haiku in early '70s; edited Seer Ox: American Senryu Magazine, and the American Haiku Poets Series, 1972-1976. Principal Librarian and Administrator for the County of Los Angeles Public Library (current). Collections of haiku, senryu, tanka, and related poetry include "Light Run" (Shiloh, 1971), "Man With No Face" (Shelters Press, 1974), "Maya: Selected Poems" (Seer Ox, 1976). His work has been broadly anthologized, including in each of the three editions of The Haiku Anthology edited by Cor van den Heuvel (1974, 1986, 1999).

a bird out on the prairie
bathing at a pool
the starlight
thrown down
the singing throat

finding a smaller
cheaper bar
the engaged man
drinks alone
till morning

a word of anger
tattooed on his arm
the circus clown
takes the dollar
hands me the balloon

today's wind
smells green---
I think of your cottage
shaded by pines
a hundred miles away

Previously Published

dead cat . . .
open-mouthed
to the pouring rain


overtaken
by a single cloud,
and letting it pass . . .

a poppy . . .
a field of poppies!
the hills blowing with poppies!


a broken window
reflects half the moon,
half of me


60 stories
of glass:
the summer moon


heat lightning --
all the way into Mexico
the mountains rise


below the falls
the bright night
runs swift again


windless day . . .
down the line of aspens
pass the years

crescent moon . . .
moths come touching
spikes of the iris


the day's first bull
trots into the ring
. . . snow on the mountains
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Author: Michael McClintock
Editor: Billie Wilson
Credits
"dead cat" - Light Run (Shiloh, 1971)
"overtaken" - Byways (England, 1971)
"a poppy" - Haiku Magazine 5:1 (Canada 1971)
"a broken window" - Haiku Magazine 4:4 (Canada 1971)
"60 stories" - Maya: Selected Poems (Seer Ox, 1976)
"heat lightning" - The Heron's Nest (April 2000)
"below the falls" - Frogpond XXII.1 (2000)
"windless day" - Up Against the Window: American Haibun & Haiga, Vol 1 Red MoonPress (1999)
"crescent moon" - The Heron's Nest (March 2000)



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