29.1: HAIKUNAUT

Poetry Editors Keiji Minato & David Lanoue
Released March 2009
Index of Poems
Cover Image: David Prater

HAIKUNAUT started out as our special short form issue. Guest poetry editors Keiji Minato (Japan) and David G. Lanoue (USA) showcased the short forms – including haiku, senryu and interactive renga! – with a special emphasis on the haikunaut in all of us. Inspired by the issue’s success, Cordite has since hosted a series of interactive, reader-driven HAIKUNAUT RENGA.




"Haikunaut Island Renga"

flub-a-dub in the purple west helicopter (David G. Lanoue) a bald eagle atop the sharp left turn sign (Naia) a woman knits flowers on a soldier's grave (Lawrence) her second husband wears red-framed glasses (SAT??Æ Ayaka) apple sack and a …

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Haikunaut Island Renga 2

children laugh unafraid of the past in the summer grass (Keiji Minato) a ladybug of leisure wanders upside-down (Fleur) on a city tram opening to Han Shan's distances (Lorin Ford) cold mountain range plays hidden music (Joseph Mueller) hunting truffles …

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Haikunaut Island Renga 1

flub-a-dub in the purple west helicopter (David G. Lanoue) a bald eagle atop the sharp left turn sign (Naia) a woman knits flowers on a soldier's grave (Lawrence) her second husband wears red-framed glasses (SAT??Æ Ayaka) apple sack and a …

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Petar Tchouhov: 5 Haiku

Bulgaria | (Shiki Kukai, February 2008, First Place) | (Ginyu 28, October 2005) | (Shiki Kukai, December 2006, Second place; Big Sky: The Red Moon Anthology 2006 | [written in English only – The Heron's Nest 9.4, December 2007 and Dust of Summers: The Red Moon Anthology 2007)

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Naia: 5 Haiku

parting . . . the clatter of train tracks into dark father’s old books . . . today I open the cabinet just to breathe them leaving the cabin for the last time . . . pine dust on my …

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Lenard D. Moore: 5 Haiku

red dust– a little boy sprints the bases between innings new century– the neighbor’s rusty car still on blocks misty river– the drone of the drawbridge still in my ears autumn sunset hospital helicopter rises from the heliport spring moon …

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David G. Lanoue: 5 Haiku

O Holy Night the burglar’s footprints in snow after her suicide we learn her name crying tears of pigeon shit the bronze king food poisoned in France a night of drizzles pizza parlor after the murders help wanted

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Toru Kiuchi: 5 Haiku

a variety of things fall down under the dark of trees いろいろなものおちてくる木下闇 a baby spider climbs up along my trousers’ crease 蜘蛛の子の服の折目をかけあがる in a house where nobody comes a mackerel sky たれもこぬ栖家にねむり鰯雲 morning glory’s seeds all black I shut the …

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Jim Kacian: 5 Haiku

the endless loop of the men's room towel this morning in murky light in grand-dad's attic gelignite beneath the Milky Way an evening soft with moths pain fading the days back to wilderness between statues the rest of history First …

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Ljudmila Hristova: 5 Haiku

замръзнало езеро рибите почукват по небето frozen lake fish keep knocking on the sky топла вечер клоните на сухата топола – мрежа за звезди warm evening the poplar’s dry branches – fishing-net for stars пълнолуние сянката на котката се спуска …

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Stanford M. Forrester: 5 Haiku

falling for the flame trick again . . . me & the moth Shiva’s Temple – a toddler chants along in baby talk Chinatown morning – the vendor turns on the toy sparrows after the bang bits of paper & …

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Curtis Dunlap: 5 Haiku

rocky creek bottom – returning the worry stone I borrowed last year drinking sake until I'm ready for the blowfish cycling with my son – this is the autumn I fall behind rain drops changing the tone of river stones …

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