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Issue 9: August 2021
Micro-Poem: 33 words
[Split Sequence]
By Peter Jastermsky

Love Thing

blood rare 

first slice 
touching on 
those tender places 

the richness 

butternut squash 
how the butter 
needs no excuse 

of a first kiss 

extra creamy 
how she likes 
to be stirred 



See also the poet’s craft essay, “Love Thing”: The Allure of the Split Sequence.

Peter Jastermsky
Issue 9, August 2021

is an award-winning cherita poet, a Best of the Net and Dwarf Star nominee, and the author of six books of haiku-based writing. His titles include Steel Cut Moon (Cholla Needles Press, 2019), The Silence We Came For (Yavanika Press), and Just Dust and Stone, with Bryan Rickert (Velvet Dusk Publishing). In 2017, Peter invented a new linked form, the split sequence, which is haiku-centered. His short-form writing has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Failed Haiku, Haibun Today, KYSO Flash, The Aurorean, and The Cherita. Peter lives with his family in the high desert of southern California.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Inheritance, a collaborative split sequence with Christine Villa, here in MacQ-9

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