Other than the fact that Charles Trumbull’s essay, “The American Haiku Movement Part I: Haiku in English” takes up 1/3 of the issue and doesn’t seem to say anything that I haven’t read before, it’s an enjoyable issue with some great poems by Cherie Hunter Day, Ann K Schwader, Billie Collins, Michael McClintock, Bruce H Feingold, John J Dunphy, William J Higginson, Kirsty Karkow, Victor Ortiz, Pamela Miller Ness, w.f. owen, Marie Summers, Zinovy Vayman, Jim Kacian and many others.
One of my favorite poems in the issue is a haibun by Lane Parker called, “Pulse”, which describes a sonogram of his baby as “a pulse of light in the darkness, like the North Star shimmering through Earth’s atmosphere”. The line I like best in “Pulse” is the last line of the haibun prose section, where Parker says, “Our baby, like everything else on Earth, has come from stardust”.
I think this is beautiful. Can you tell I’m a mother?