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Paul O. Williams's Haiku
Paul O(sborne) Williams

the gnat in amber
gleaming in July sun
on her throat

mowing the sorrel
with its yellow flowers—
I dull the yard

he makes his point—
all the water glasses

the conductor
raises his baton—
outside robins sing

her footsteps
on the walk . . .
birds singing

all through the fireworks
the sounds of insects
in the trees

where nobody cares,
growing with green vigor
the sumac


Haiku, senryu, and tanka books:

The Edge of the Woods: 55 Haiku (1968)

Tracks on the River (1982)

Growing in the Rain (1991)

Outside Robins Sing: Selected Haiku. (Decatur, IL: Brooks Books), 1999. 56 pages.

The Nick of Time: Essays on Haiku Aesthetics by Paul O. Williams. Foster City, California: Press Here, 2001. 112 pages. [winner of the Haiku Society of America's 2003 Merit Award for Best Criticism]

The Day of Strawberries, edited by Paul O. Williams (San Francisco: Two Autumns Press, 2004) - the companion chapbook to the Haiku Poets of Northern California’s fifteenth annual Two Autumns poetry reading series