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