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triveni spotlight: 27th january

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh GUEST EDITOR: Michael Dylan Welch


in the dead fox’s fur

first snow

Grant Savage Woodnotes #29, Summer 1996

About the poem:

I have a poem, recently published in Modern Haiku, that echoes Grant’s poem: “fallen sparrow— / a dusting of snow / slightly melted.” We need not decide which poem is sadder, but Grant’s poemsuggests that the fox has been dead for a while. The seasonal element of the first snow brings to mind the seasons of life and death. For some reason I imagine the fox’s fur being white, or perhaps it just become white because of the snow.

Note by the Editor

Woodnotes triveni spotlight

by Michael Dylan Welch

From 1989 to 1997, in various capacities, I edited or helped to edit Woodnotes, the quarterly journal of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, and in 1996 I took on the journal independently before replacing it with my new journal Tundra. I lived in the San Francisco area for more than a dozen years and was active with HPNC from its first year in 1989 until I moved north to Seattle in 2002. Working on Woodnotes with such coeditors as vincent tripi, Ebba Story, Christopher Herold, and Paul O. Williams was a fine education in the art of haiku. The following are selections of favourite haiku and senryu from the journal’s 31 issues, with brief commentary. These poems are expressions of wonder, or as Billy Collins once described haiku, they exhibit “existential gratitude.” In return, I am deeply grateful for the thousands of poems published in Woodnotes over the years, and the hundreds of poets who contributed to the journal’s success. * * * * * This month is going to be a treat for our members. _()_ Thank you so much, Michael.

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