Ion Codrescu is an artist in Romania. He toured the USA in 1996. His above sumi-e and haiku are published here with his permission.
A gallery of his fine work is available for your viewing on-line at the North Carolina Haiku Society website.
February 17, 2011 update: David Radavich’s new book is Middle-East Mezze (2011, Plain View Press).
Break into pieces
and the pot will shatter
wherever the earth
will collect them again,
where all fragments
wither, knowing this soil
of the forgotten
over-trod by generations
who feast on time
as if they had it all to themselves,
the débris of the heart left
for grave-robbers to discover
yet I turn in my hand
this one blue triangle over
that must have graced
someone’s living and now mine
where the absence was
I claim and declare it
beautiful and incomplete,
hoping for fingers
to clench all indignities
David Radavich is the author of Slain Species (Court Poetry, London), By the Way: Poems over the Years (Buttonwood, 1998), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000). He has also published a full-length comedy, Nevertheless . . ., five short dramas, and a wide range of poetry in journals and anthologies. His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway productions. Fragments of the Third Planet received its European premiere in 2000 in Germany. America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View, 2007), narrates American history from World War II to the present. His latest collection is Canonicals: Love’s Hours (Finishing Line, 2009).
David’s website is www.davidradavich.org. He welcomes you to visit, browse through more of his writing, and offer your feedback.
“Recovery” was also published in Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need (Elin Grace Publishing, 2007).
“Blue Vase” from Antiqueclipart.com.
the faith of birds
trusting in seed
SMILE No. 26 (Winter 1999/2000).
scent of mint
Time of Singing, 25th Anniversary Volume (1998).
Liz’s Flowers by Margaret L. Been.
All rights reserved.
Reprinted with her kind permission.
This painting is from Margaret’s “online gallery,” in the Simply Art section of her blog, Northernview. http://northernview.wordpress.com/
We bought some purple tulips from Holland.
Sometimes I think I’ll wait until tulips bloom in our yard, planted by previous owners of our home. Yet, we live in The Town of Holland!
It was in 1846, when the first Dutch settlers came here.
I know this because I am looking at a TIMELINE, a chapter written by June VerVelde in a history book. Here is the full reference: Oostburg Wisconsin, Haven of Hope In a New Land. Copyright 2001 by Oostburg Historical Society.
Turning the vase
Published in BELL’S LETTERS POET,
The Coffee House of the Poets (No. 131).