Saturday, November 16, 2013

L. A. Davidson: these few blocks - Small Press Saturday

L. A. Davidson was a poet whose work I have admired through the years. In fact, her's may have been among the first western haiku I encountered. Below are a handful of poems from these few blocks: a posthumous collection, published in the red moon press postscripts series (volume 6).

Color and tactility, shape and suggestion are hallmarks of this fine work. The poems are deeply meditative, certainly for the poet and most certainly for the perceptive reader. Copies are still available for $7 from red moon.

This is the way every poet would like to be remembered.

On the gray church wall
  the shadow of a candle
     . . . shadow of its smoke

adobe courtyard
the color of red dirt
    sifting into it

On Kleenex
used to remove a moth,
the gray dust.

an old farmstead
bought for investment;
the wild columbine

winter morning
without leaf or flower
the shape of the tree


Photo by Bill Nicholls

a person-shaped
hole beckons...
deutzia blossoms
translated by David G. Lanoue


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Mary Frederick Ahearn said...

These are lovely - especially love the first one. Another haiku writer to look up to and perhaps learn from as well. Thanks Don for the art -

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks so much, Mary ... Davidson is well worth pursing. Quite a fine haikuist. Don