Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gendai Haiku by John W. Sexton

glare of the car's eyes / night halts for the shrew

no grammarians for bird-song / the birds just sing

the movement of the stars:  the fixity of the stars:  stars

in the aftertaste of the kumquat / a legend of nebulae

Pleaides / on my sleeve the moth's bright smear

John W. Sexton lives in the Republic of Ireland and is the author of five poetry collections, the most recent being The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry, 2013).  He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem "The Green Owl" won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007.  Also in 2007, he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.  His haiku have previously appeared in Acorn, Ginyu, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Simply Haiku, The Heron's Nest, The 58th Basho Festival Haiku Anthology, bottle rockets, Roadrunner, Chrysanthemum, Moonset, Haiku Scotland, Albatross, paper wasp and World Haiku Review.

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