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)

Gary Barnes: The Haijin "Soji"

I'm Gary Barnes, haiku name, soji. I'm a semi-retired computer tech, semi-adventurer (I worked on deep sea & offshore drilling ships, including the Glomar Challenger), and full time grandfather of six. I've lived in Kansas (grew up there), California, Texas, Tennessee, and now live in Virginia. I discovered haiku about 30 years ago and have played with it since then, but have only been seriously involved with it for about 6 years. I have a web page dedicated to haiku, Haiku Poet's Hut, that is about to get its own domain name. The main page of my current poetry site is called RetroPostNeoModernClassical Poetry, and that's about my approach to haiku as well, a little of the old, a little of the new, and a little experimentation. I've had haiku published in Acorn, the Frogpond Anthology, and Herons Nest. I have had photo haiku and haiga published on line in the WHC Review multimedia pages. I am a member of the Haiku Society of America and the World Haiku Association. This tournament will be my first attempt at renku, of any kind, so I'm looking forward to the experience and what's certain to be an education. I'm very pleased to have been selected as a member of Tapping Woodpeckers and am looking forward to the tournament.

sudden storm
the geese overhead
fade into snowflakes

soji (Heron's Nest Vol. III, No.1, 1/2001)