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Richard Stevenson: Haiku

a dirty clump of  
bumper snow  
or road kill? without my glasses
  I could swear that swirled leaf
  was a butterfly
nip in the air --  
magpie strops his beak  
on a bare branch wispy storm funnels
  touch horizon stubble --
  her smudged mascara

Richard Stevenson, who lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada has had a busy couple of years. Since Hot Flashes: Maiduguri Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka (Ekstasis Editions, 2001), two other collections of haiku, senryu, and tanka have been accepted and are forthcoming: A Tidings of Magpies (from Spotted Cow Press, Edmonton) and A Charm of Finches (from Ekstasis Editions in Victoria ), plus a collection of lyric/narrative and satiric pieces, Parrot with Tourette's (from Black Moss Press in their Palm Poet Series). Grey Borders has also just accepted a chapbook and Black Moss has commissioned a non-fiction book for 2005.

As Richard puts it, "No rest for the wicked."

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