Rotella , Featured Poet |
Minister, hypnotherapist, spiritual healer, licensed acupuncturist,
certified nutritional consultant and poet. Alexis Rotella first
became interested in Japanese literature while working on her
undergraduate thesis in Zen Buddhism while at Drew University
in New Jersey, where she graduated with honors. She was president
of the Haiku Society of America (Japan House) in l984 and is
a widely published poet who has won many awards and has authored
dozens of books on haiku, senryu, tanka and renga.
Rotella is a master of senryu. Her book Looking for a Prince,
stands as a classic of original English language senryu.
Ueda, Professor of Japanese and Director of the Center for
East Asian Studies, Stanford University writes:
have often wondered why senryu has not become as popular
as haiku in America. Wit and humor have always been an essential
part of American literature; the Americans in general
more independent, critical mind than the Japanese. Alexis
Rotella has been one of the few Americans who has experimented
traditional Japanese verse form, publishing a good number
of them in various magazines. Collected herein, these mini-poems
explore the poetic potential of senryu in English to
inviting others to smile, grin or laugh with her 3⁄4and
perhaps, to reflect on their own lives and to write a
senryu or two."
other interests include digital photography, learning about
quantum physics, collage, and creating altered
books. She also enjoys keeping a beautiful house in Arnold,
Maryland and spending time with her patent attorney husband.
I tell him I’m not looking
for a prince.
During our quarrel
Trying to forget him
With all her might
the spurned woman
throws the wedding rice.
Gourmet Club dinner -
running for office —
for the first time
my neighbor waves.
After heart surgery,
someone sends the patient
a shaker of salt.
first he asks to die,
then for a ham sandwich.
Before visiting the cemetery,
Quickly I powder my nose
The priest comes to bless
the house and pees
all over the toilet seat.
the atheist’s sneeze
"Trying to forget him" from On A White Bud,
Merging Media, copyright © 1983 by Alexis Rotella.
our quarrel", "With
all her might", "Quickly I powder my nose", "She’s
running for office", "Old man", "Before visiting
the cemetery", "The priest comes to bless" and "After
the atheists sneeze" from Looking for a Prince, White
Peony Press, copyright © 1991 by Alexis Rotella; by permission
of the author.
2005: Simply Haiku