Poetry in the Asian Manner
by Larry Gross

A Few Haiku

in the cemetery
searching for truth
where everyone lies
~~~Shiki, 7/15/1998

August heat
two midnight cats connect
~~~NW Literary Forum, Mar 1994

beach house
only noon sun
climbs the stairs
~~~xanga, 8/1/2006; Haikuforum, 2/13/2000; Chaba, 7/16/1997;
HWUP! Jan 1992; Parnassus, Spr 1990)

the sound of wind
how to tell it from
the sound of pine
~~~Twitter, 9/11/2008; Shiki, 2/8/2000

clop clop of feet
before the manger
impatient mules
~~~LYNX, Fall 1990

the cat
opens Christmas
~~Pine Needles, Win 1990

by firelight
listening to the silence
of things we can't see

~~~Haiku Poetry Ancient and Modern, 2002; SHIKI, 9/8/1997; Haiku Moment
Anthology, 1993; HWUP! Feb 1993, Dec 1992; Point Judith Light, Jun 1992

Three Tanka

mustard seed
between her breasts
dangling ... dangling
wondering what she said
when I wasn't listening

~~~Brussels Sprout, May 1994

old catcher's mitt
brushing first snow away
to find home plate
between obscure baselines
winning the game again

~~~SHIKI, 6/3/1997; Brussels Sprout, May 1994

her ashes
into the river
as she wished
on the park bench at dusk
learning to feed pigeons

~~~Tanka Light, Sep 1998

Two Sijo

A welcome weekend at Cedar Key,
relaxing on the dock;
pelicans wait poker-faced
for bait fish we may leave behind.
Bob away, line, while I watch the sun
going back to water.

~~~Larry's Sijo, 3/17/2001; theWORDshop, 12/4/2000; All Forms Japanese, 2/5/2000; Kalliope,
1/28/2000; The Poetry Kit, 10/25/1999; Sijo West #2, Summer 1996; BBPNewsletter, Sep 1996

Astronomers call it conjunction: Venus approaching Mars,
the illusion of closeness a matter of relative space.
Just so, orbiting man and woman seem sometimes to agree.

~~~Larry's Sijo, 3/17/2001; theWORDshop, 12/4/2000; The Poetry Kit, 10/25/1999;
SHIKI, 1/24/1999; Sijo West #1, Apr 1996

Rain forest

Larry Gross
is a practicing poet, freelance writer, editor, lecturer, tutor and writing consultant. He earned a doctorate from Florida State University and taught at Tallahassee Community College for 20 years. His text
and his three poetry periodicals have been praised by poets and teachers in seven countries. His poetry, articles and reviews have appeared in various periodicals in the United States, Canada, England, Korea, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand. Larry's poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2007. He is a member of the Big Bend Poets chapter of the Florida State Poets Association, an affiliate of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

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A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
.... Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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