February 15th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Simply Haiku - latest issue

The latest issue of Simply Haiku is online, which contains tanka from An Xiao, an old high school friend of my son, Seán. I knew An under a different name when she was a teenage boy in Los Angeles, so it's a bit of an adjustment for me because I still see his face in her picture.

his eyes
behind her lashes
I say the wrong name

An has a fresh voice in her tanka, urban, gritty and real. Michael McClintock was raving to me about her work at Vic Gendrano's book launch last month, but even having some advance warning, I was surprised to see how many of her poems McClintock decided to publish in this issue. What a launch as a newly published poet! Way to go, An!