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Issue 10: October 2021
Poem: 93 words
Solo Haikai Sequence*
By Dave Russo

Music Festival, Natural Chimneys Park


outcrop of sky
ocean scent from limestone
after rain

at the bottom of an old sea
a murder ballad

frisbees sail
the music meadow
jellyfish clouds

a jug band
rattles teeth in a jawbone

the singer
throws her head back
heartache ripples the crowd

a boy with Down syndrome
sways his toy guitar

guitars   lasers
pit photographers shoot
this way and that

a Black woman spins
toad purse flying

lavender sweat
two girls slam dance
to bursting

glowing shapes in the trees
light the way to the cars



*Author’s Note:

This poem is a solo sequence of haiku and haiku-like poems modeled after the three-line/two-line verses found in collaborative forms like renku, rengay, and other forms of haikai.

Dave Russo’s
Issue 10, October 2021

haiku have appeared in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Acorn, and other journals. His work is anthologized in A New Resonance 5 (Red Moon Press, 2019), as well as in the Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2015). Dave is a founding member of The Haiku Foundation, and he organizes events for the North Carolina Haiku Society.

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