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Issue 11: January 2022
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By Peter Jastermsky

Pathways

 

They say life is short, but it’s wide. We wouldn’t know. We’re still hoping for a place to fit in. If life opens up and swallows us whole, then we’ll know the measure of the thing. Like the melon one keeps tapping, hoping it’s ready. And then, deep breaths, we cut.

writing 
our way 
to healing 

one more blossom 
then the deer 

scatter 

 

Peter Jastermsky
Issue 11, January 2022

is an award-winning cherita poet, a Best of the Net and Dwarf Star nominee, and the author of seven books of haiku-based writing. Titles include Steel Cut Moon (Cholla Needles Press, 2019), and three from Yavanika Press: No Velcro Here (2019), The Silence We Came For (2020), and Fingerbone Sky (2021). His short-form writing has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Failed Haiku, Haibun Today, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, The Aurorean, and The Cherita among others.

In 2017, Peter invented a new haiku-centered linked form called “split sequence.” His recent book, Just Dust and Stone (Velvet Dusk Publishing, May 2021), is a collection of collaborative split sequences co-written with Bryan Rickert. Peter lives with his family in the high desert of southern California, USA.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

“Love Thing”: The Allure of the Split Sequence, craft essay by Peter Jastermsky in Issue 9 of MacQ (August 2021)

 
 
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