EN340 / IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks
Spring 2003
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In the Streetlight:
a Collection of Haiku

Candace Golden

When I write haiku I try to capture little moments that people do not often stop to take the time to notice. I often find myself writing a lot of senryu. Senryu is largely concerned with human nature. I enjoy writing about the ironic situations that make us human. Haiku is a way for me to relax and really have fun at the same time.

Reader's Introduction

When Candace writes a haiku, her use of adjectives to clearly paint a picture for the reader is amazing. Each of her haiku are so vivid and descriptive, yet they are so simple. With minimal words, Candace recreates and magnifies a single moment in time for the reader to experience. I also really enjoy how Candace uses the element of surprise in the last line in many of her haiku. This technique catches the reader off-guard for an instant, so it adds excitement to the haiku and creates an ending that leaves the reader both questioning and satisfied with the situation.

—Mary Reed

snowflakes dance
in the streetlight
our frozen breath lingers

the icy windopane
a warm conversation
between strangers

while the surf
washes my feet



mother's funeral
the rain lessens enough
to see the rainbow

rose petals float
in warm bath water
her gift to herself



needing solitude
into the water
she dives

among swept up trash piles
the bum fingers
discarded beads



the elderly woman
at the bus station
her soldier still missing

his hand slides lower
little hairs stand up
on the back of my neck



her teddy bear
one eye
under the bed

sunbathing topless
the boy can't help
but gawk



sudden downpour
the only one with an umbrella
is my drink


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