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Issue 15: Sept. 2022
Haibun: 67 words
By Cherie Hunter Day

Gallery of the Like-Minded

After a photograph by John Levy

Photo by John Levy of two women viewing Portrait de Femme, a painting by Andre Derain
Photograph copyrighted © 2022 by John Levy. All rights reserved.*

burnt sienna
a day in the life
of an oak

Temperatures hit a pleasant 80°F this afternoon on the cusp of autumn. There’s a cloud of activity outside the wild honeybee hive in the neighbor’s massive oak. All the sisters in that brief wedge of sun—I saw them first on the ground as shadows.




* Publisher’s Note:

Photograph of two women viewing artworks in a gallery, above, was shot by John Levy at the Tucson Museum of Art and is reproduced here with his permission. The painting in Levy’s photograph is Portrait de femme (oil on canvas, ca. 1934-39) by André Derain (1880-1954), French painter, sculptor, and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse.

Cherie Hunter Day
Issue 15, September 2022

lives in northern California among seventeen thirsty redwoods. Her haibun and short prose have appeared in 100 Word Story, KYSO Flash, Mid-American Review, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Modern Haiku, Moon City Review, and Unbroken. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and widely anthologized.

Recent anthologies include Nothing Short of 100 (Outpost 19, 2018), NOON: An Anthology of Short Poems (Isobar Press, 2019), and Contemporary Haibun 17 (Red Moon Press, 2022). Her books include a prose poem e-chapbook, Qualia (White Knuckle Press, 2017), and an award-winning collection of short poetry, for Want (Ornithopter Press, 2017). Her latest collection, Miles Deep in a Drum Solo, is now available from Backbone Press.

John Levy
Issue 15, September 2022

is a poet and photographer who lives in Tucson. His poetry titles include Oblivion, Tyrants, Crumbs (First Intensity Press, 2008) and two that were published by otata’s bookshelf: Silence Like Another Name (2019) and On Its Edge, Tilted (2018). Two issues of his photo collaboration with Alan Chong Lau, eye2word: Issue One and eye2word: Issue Two: Japan, were published online in 2019 by otata’s bookshelf.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

42R Mill Street, haibun by Cherie Hunter Day which was nominated by MacQ for the Red Moon Anthologies, and selected for publication in Contemporary Haibun 17 (Red Moon Press, 2022).

Crow Hat, ekphrastic prose poem by Cherie Hunter Day after a photograph by John Levy, in KYSO Flash (Issue 12, Summer 2019)

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