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Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2


Valerie Savior


In the mountain-
sometimes a butterfly,
sometimes wind.
  The proprietor
adorns his café with little pigs:
Shinjuku cutlet.
To the left a palm
tree unfolds all its fronds
like Carmen Miranda.
  Yesterday there was
only one bud on the tree
that I could discern.
Magnolia tree!
why do you drop your white
and magenta sheaves?

Valerie Savior Valerie Savior lives in Los Angeles, but she has spent many years in Japan, Iowa, New York and Chicago, all places with a proper Fall. Even so, she feels the season turning in her homogenous city, making a returned apprenticeship to haiku form all the more tantalizing and intimate. She has published poetry in such journals as Colorado Review, Fine Madness, The Iowa Review, The Germ, Seneca Review and Volt.