Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Twenty-Five Haiku

Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Twenty-Five Haiku

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A hundred red fire ants scouring, scouring the white peony

Fallen plum blossoms return to the branch, you sleep, then harden again

Cuttlefish in my palm stiffens with rigor mortis, boy toys can't love

Neighbor's barn: grass mat, crickets, Blue Boy, trowel handle, dress

soaked in mud

Iron-headed mace; double-studded halberd slices into emptiness

O fierce Oghuz, tie me to two wild elephants, tear me in half

O my swarthy herder, two-humped Bactrian, drive me the long distance

Forceps, tongs, bushi, whip, flanks, scabbard, stirrup, goads, distaff,

wither, awl

Black-eyed Susans, Queen Anne's lace, bounty of cyclamen: mown

paths erupt

Gaze at the charred hills, the woe-be-gone kiosks, we are all God's hussies

I have not fondled the emperor's lap dog, whose name is Black Muzzle

Urge your horses into the mist-swilled Gallilee, O sweet Bedlamite

Her Majesty's randying up the jeweled stairs to find the pleasure dome

Ancient pond; the frog jumps in and in and in: the deep slap of water

The frog jumps into the ancient pond; she says, no, I am not ready

Coyote cooked his dead wife's vagina and fed it to his new wife

I plucked out three white pubic hairs and they turned into flying monkeys

Let's do it on the antimacassar, on the antimacassar

Little Red drew her teeny pistol from her basket and said "eat me'

Sing sing little yellow blight, rage rage against the dying of the fight

Chimera: Madame Pol Pot grafting a date tree onto a date tree

His unworthy appendage, his mutinous henchman grazed my pink


He on top now changes to the bottom, Goddess becomes the devotee

Fish fish fowl fowl, mock me Mistress Bean-curd, I am both duck and


Dodt touch him, bitch, were engaged; and besides, he's wearing my


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