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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3


Richard Stevenson


zucchini chubber!
two cabbage whites spiral
in a mating dance
  after rain --
the sound of children playing,
dachshund's harrumph
overcast and cool --
blue jays convince me to
change into blue shorts
rarely used door --
do I stop the wasps
from making their nest?
shade plant, hostas --
but their blossoms burn
pure acetylene!

Richard Stevenson recently published A Charm of Finches: Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka (Ekstasis Editions, 2004), and Parrot With Tourette's (Black Moss Press, Palm Poets Series, 2004), plus two chapbooks from Cubicle Press: Fuzzy Dice and Frank's Aquarium. His first children's picture book, "Alex Anklebone and Andy the Dog" (illustrated by Pam Masi) is forthcoming from Bayeux Arts in the spring. Also forthcoming, a chapbook of more Miles Davis poems, "Tempus Fugit," with Laurel Reed Books and a chapbook of haiku and dragonboat haibun, "Flicker At The Fascia," from Serengeti Press.

Stevenson says of himself: "Spotted Cow Press in Edmonton has also threatened to release my first book of haiku, senryu, and tanka, A Tidings of Magpies, for a couple of years now. Don't know what's up with that. Still teaching an absurd 6 courses per semester for Lethbridge Community College and working on a memoir commissioned by Black Moss Press and a nasty sort of novel-in-verse (connected monologues) on the Clifford Olson murders (a former student of mine was a victim, in case you're wondering why I'd countenance such a project)."

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