my haiku I have a very specific writing style. In this collection
the reader may notice there are no capital letters or punctuation
in the haiku. I believe simple moments should be written in
the most simplistic manner possible. Sometimes extras in haiku
writing can add to the moment, however I prefer to leave them
title, "side of the road," comes from a line in
one of the haiku in this collection. My haiku sometimes
stray slightly from the traditional haiku rules, therefore
my writing is just on the "side of the road."
Kerry and I began writing haiku together, I have been more
and more impressed each day with the quality and variety
of her writing. Her haiku and senryu define one simple label.
Every time readers of her haiku believe they have her pegged
(once, as the writer of "smoker haiku"), Kerry
writes something completely new and beautiful in a different
I have found a few themes in Kerrys diverse poetry.
One consistent mood in her poems is loneliness. Unlike usual
poetry on this topic, however, Kerrys poems celebrate
those moments of alienation and show how a person away from
society can really shine. A favorite of her poems that deals
with this theme is:
this interest in human loneliness, Kerry is also a master
at illustrating human emotions in relationships. She has
many haiku about friendships and romantic relationships
that are touching without the sickening, ultra-romantic
tint of many young haiku writers. Her haiku (and senryu)
about relationships show an understanding of the range of
emotions human beings experience in everyday social interactions.