Great Spotted Woodpecker

Tapping Woodpeckers

Great Spotted Woodpecker

But for a woodpecker
tapping at a post, no sound
at all in the house

kitsutsuki no
hashira wo tataku
sumai kana

(from pg. 153, "The Essential Basho", translations by Sam Hamill, Shambhala Productions, 1998. ISBN: 1-57062-282-5)

Deborah P. Kolodji

Deborah P. Kolodji is a member of the Tapping Woodpeckers team and is a native Californian. She graduated from the University of Southern California and works in information technology. The mother of three children, two in college, she has been writing poetry most of her life, even though she has only been writing haiku for a few years. Her haiku has appeared in, Haiku Headlines, Haiku Noir and Star Leaper Magazine. Some of her other work has appeared in Stirring Magazine, St Anthony Messenger Magazine, Poetpourri, Pearl, Star*Line, and Tales of the Unanticipated among many other places.

Kolodji is the associate editor of Amaze, a webzine ( ) devoted to the cinquain, an American poetry form developed out of the imagist movement in the early part of the 20thCentury, which was partially inspired by the haiku form.

She is a member of the Haiku Society of America, the World Haiku Club, the Southern California Haiku Study Group, the California State Poetry Society, and the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

wild flock of parrots
sudden multitude of green
on winter branches

- Deborah P. Kolodji
published in Haiku Headlines, Feb 2002