Guest Post With Mark Harris


The cover painting of burl is by Mark Harris.  This first collection of Mark’s haiku was published in 2012 by Red Moon Press (Winchester, VA).

“Mark Harris serves on the Board of Directors for The Haiku Foundation.  He has administered the Touchstone Awards since their inception.  His poems have been published in several journals and anthologies” (quote from Mark’s page on THF Haiku Registry, which also includes a selection of his poems).

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Here are a few poems by Mark Harris from burl.

cells rearrange
at a burl’s heart
my quiet child

burl bark grown into a wound a word

cold rain
closes the seed cone
not her final wording

rays of sun we move too fast to see the trees grow

all spirals
these larch cones
we turn to face the sun

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The cover painting of burl and the haiku in this post are all by Mark Harris and are published with his kind permission.  All Rights Reserved.  Please visit Red Moon Press for more information about Mark’s book.

“burl bark . . .”  was also published in Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. Edited by Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland, Allan Burns.  2013.  W.W. Norton & Company.  All Rights Reserved.

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Post updated on September 16, 2014.