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Summer 2008, vol 6 no 2


Mathew V. Spano


Valentine's dusk
the widow takes down
her Christmas lights
  roadside leaves
at the bottom of the pile
the queen of hearts
stuck in the rake's teeth
a snakeskin
  rainy day
in their newspaper hats
the latest casualties
summer funeral
even the marine's tattoo

Mathew Spano teaches English composition and literature at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His haiku and senryu have appeared in Simply Haiku (senryu), Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Cicada, The Piedmont Literary Review, and The Los Angeles Times. His work has also been anthologized in dust of summers (Red Moon Press, 2008); Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About the Game (Norton, 2007); and The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary (Jersey Shore Publications, 2006).