Countryman lives on the homestead settled by her Finnish grandparents—with
lots of opportunities to observe nature. However, although she's been
writing poetry for ten years, she discovered the condensed joy of haiku
only recently, after reading Deleuze’s comments on “hacceity”: "It
is the wolf itself, and the horse, and the child, that cease to be subjects
to become events, in assemblages that are inseparable from an hour, a season,
an atmosphere, an air, a life. The street enters into composition with the
horse, just as the dying rat enters into composition with the air, and the
beast and the full moon enter into composition with each other." (“Difference
and Repetition,” The Deleuze Reader)
Her poetry has appeared
in Manzanita Quarterly, Spring Hill Review, Windfall, Salmon Creek
Journal, 4th Street, and other publications.
When not watching
dragonflies or listening for bears in the night, she attends graduate
school at Reed College.