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Summer 2007, vol 5 no 2


In a Word
Charles Hansmann


Basho says something – I forget what – makes him long for Kyoto even when he's there. Today something – what is it? – makes me miss Paris on the streets of L.A. I go into a Starbucks and order a café au lait. The young woman behind the counter doesn't know what this is. The young man, more worldly, tells her, "That's what Dunkin' Donuts calls our Macchiato. Just give him a Macchiato."

a seed-packet tab
proclaiming cantaloupe
where the muskmelon grow

Charles Hansmann Charles Hansmann has been writing haiku, senryu, haibun and tanka for the past year and has publications forthcoming in The Lilliput Review, Contemporary Haibun, Contemporary Haibun Online and Frogpond. He has written an unpublished novel and also writes short fiction.