New & Briefly Noted

New & Briefly Noted

Mark Jackley kindly sent me a copy of his LANK, BEAK & BUMPY, in a beautiful letter press design from Iota Press. Short imagistic poems here please with such lyrics as:

“Moon” is round and cool
on my tongue,
a pearl.

And also in “January”:

Small pile of snow
in shadows

for weeks,
fist of hard

left over

last year.


Natalie Goldberg passed Carl Kavadlo’s DARK VISIONS on to me. The strongest works here are the short poems, like the senryu we can all relate to:

there are few noises
sweeter than a car alarm
shutting itself off.

And there is the writerly haiku:

a single poem:
you are as rare as a day
in dark alaska.


Tracy Koretsky’s collection EVEN BEFORE MY OWN NAME (Ragged Bottom Press) has a particularly vivid haiku:

the sound of waves
on a moonless night
–distant friend

I like this one because it has some levels of meaning. At first it seems the poet is listening the the sound of waves in the dark and thinking of a far-off friend. But as I read it again I began to feel it was the sound of the waves that truly was that distant friend.

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well ( The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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