Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
September-October 2004, vol. 2, no. 5

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Steve Dolphy: Haiku

almost midnight
the cry of the duck egg seller
written into her letter

darkening sky
across the lotus lake
dragonflies fly low

August cinema
a stray bird flutters
across the credits

burial house
the fertility god's penis
spotted with fungi

children's ward
a little girl names
her artificial legs

seafood restaurant
the waiter pulls a hook
from a diner's throat

pagoda prayers
i add another sapling
to the joss-stick forest

afternoon heat
folding a swan
out of postcards

a slice of pineapple
for a comb

wedding day
a procession of ao dai
in an unpainted village

Steve Dolphy was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England, in 1961. He worked in business and finance until he settled on psychology as a career. He has travelled widely, especially in Southeast Asia over the past 15 years. He studied Vietnamese at the Hanoi National University, counselled expatriates in Vietnam and taught English while living in Vietnam for four years. He and his wife, Hang, whose name means "crescent moon" have a 3 year old daughter. They now live in the UK where he works as a clinical psychologist.

Steve started writing haiku in 1998 and has had over 170 poems published to date. His poems have appeared in Snapshots, Still, Time Haiku, Blithe Spirit, Presence, The Haiku Quarterly, Paper Wasp, The Heron's Nest, Raw Nervz, and Frogpond. Some of his work has also been included in The Acorn Book of Contemporary Haiku (Acorn Press, UK, 2000) and The New Haiku (Snapshots Press, UK 2002). 

Steve Dolphy's haiku are reprinted with permission from his book, The Cry of The Duck Egg Seller, Ram Publications, UK, ISBN 0 9545630 1 8, published in 2004. It consists of 79 haiku written during his time in Vietnam.

A review of the book is published in this issue of Simply Haiku's Book Review Section: Steve Dolphy, The Cry of the Duck Egg Seller.

Copies of the book can be purchased directly from the author for $10 USD, which includes postage and handling.

Steve Dolphy
265 High Street
Hampshire SO50 5NB