Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday Haiku, #28: Andrea Grillo

Wednesday Haiku, Week #27

nipple-hard cold who me predictable...
Andrea Grillo

a tall chrysanthemum
in the dead center
of the heat
translated by David G. Lanoue


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Anonymous said...

Andrea Grillo's haiku as suddenly surprising as that hardening, as urgent as budding as syntax. A feat to behold. Heat chill. Thank you.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Donna, sometimes it pays to have a long lead time to publication. The heat cold thing just came naturally after the recent hellish week and now a little relief ...

Charles Gramlich said...

A yard of mud
in the southern heat

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Charles, now that captures the heat of summer ... a smell you can taste, as they say ...

Anonymous said...

the Grillo piece REALLY "flips"

in a little different form

well, (for me) this is an entire novella just as it is.

I "hear/see it as:

nipple-hard cold
who me

however, my "play w it is no improvement on her .... thrust


( &, where DO I know the name "Grillo" from ? Around U of Md ?D,C. in the 60's/70's ?

Anonymous said...

just came back to me

the Grillo that I knew was around Baltimore in the
early 70's as I recall close friend of Charlie and Pam Plymell and others.. Always taking pictures

about my age. I wonder is Andrea is his daughter?

Is Paul still alive & "kicking" ?

gonna search-out some more of Andrea Grillo's ... "stuff" she is new to me...



Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Don't know the vintage, but the wine is fine. I read it look you, might just be two old men on the park bench.

Glad you liked.


Woodland Rose said...

Thanks For publishing this one - a bit of fun for me.
Love the Issa companion poem - as usual a brilliant juxtaposition. Love all the comments too - I'm smiling.

Ed Baker said...


here is a little bit re: Paul Grillo

I got something somewhere maybe in Cold Spring Journal or in Athanor re: Paul's work

maybe Origin has some of his "stuff"
or in Flute ?

Paul Grillo REALLY raised the bar
influenced lots of poets

& all pre this VISPO crap !

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Woodland Rose, thanks for the kind words, I thought a little cool, a little heat, such a nice blend.

Andrea's poem is wonderful ...

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Don't know Paul's work - pre-vispo, eh? Nice summary and some amazing visuals here.


Anonymous said...

not sure what the Bly poem has to do with
being not sure has never detained my me from standing on one leg in the middle of this bog
& dipping in.... I must be related to that bird in Bly's poem

Paule did collages using among other things his photographs

did these things long before computer-fanagled images
became the norm..

anyway let s see some more of Andrea's "shorties"


Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Thanks for the tip ... the visuals are quite amazing ...

We all do seem to be standing in the muck on one leg (and in a different post).

I've published some of Andrea's things in the mag, but see this is the first online. Hmn.


aditya said...

Took me a while to 'get' it.

The internet's slow

and the nipple sure traveled slowly like an infant bullet.. slow precision.

Its a beauty. It has been a pleasure to read the variously delightful 'Wednesday Haiku' series.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Took me awhile also but well worth it. Glad you are enjoying the poems.


Johanna Lawson said...

Paul Grillo did not have a daughter named Andrea. Yes, he was good friends with Charlie and Pam Plymell but was born, raised, lived and died in Philadelphia. I know all of this because I AM his daughter. He passed away on August 28, 2013 surrounded by his daughters and drifted away beyond the veil of this world on the lyrics of Van Morrison.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Dear Joanna:

Thanks so much for the clarification. I am sorry to hear about your loss.

Wishing you the best,
Don, Issa's Untidy Hut