collection is made of only the best of my many attempts
at capturing "haiku moments." They are all the
product of the Global Haiku Tradition course at Millikin
University, with the sensitive guidance of Dr. Randy Brooks.
My new haiku buddy, Bill Pauly, visited the class in April,
providing much-needed relief for the "end-of-the-semester
blues." His honest criticism has inspired me to reconsider
haiku about which I had become complacent, and this collection
exists only because of his careful reflection and sublime
to a collection of haiku that celebrates life and being
fully alive in the world. This seasonal sequence, marked
by "the stink of truth" and "the smell of
real," offers us candlelight at dusk to lead us through
the darkness, a fireplace gathering with friends to warm
a winter night, a scattering of spring blossoms to brighten
a season, and the amazing, leapy "borrowed sleep"
of the title poem to color our dreams. Perhaps the best
gift of this small collection is that it invites us to re-attach
ourselves to these and other significant moments we may
have overlooked, forgotten, or left behind.
voice of these haiku is plainsong, clear and true, sometimes
wry and playful, tinged with irony, and in tune with the
connectedness of all things. Persistent revision has sharpened,
freshened, enriched, enlivened, empowered and invested the
experiences with deeper texture and resonance.
would be untrue to make of these poems anything more than
they are; it would be equally untrue to make of them anything
less. And while it may be tempting to overlook the power
of the work because of its simplicity, to do so would be
to miss something truly , humanly, worthwhile.
think you will like these poems. As one of our best poets
urged us many years ago, "O taste and see." Enter.
Enjoy. "Borrowed Sleep" will keep you tasting
and seeing, reading and richly awake.
Pauly Dubuque, Iowa May 8, 2004