this blaze of sun (From Here Press, 1975)
"Bust of Sylvette": haiku and photographs (Garlinghouse
blossoms (High/Coo Press, 1982)
into a cloud: southwest haiku (From Here Press, 1985)
for my mother, dying (Wind Chimes Press, 1988)
spreading out: poems for Bruce and others (Tiny Press Poems,
irysa (Miniatura, 1998)
the windharp: collected & new haiku (La Alameda Press, 1999)
a woman and a poet, Elizabeth Searle Lamb has made a significant
impact on American haiku. The main reason her haiku are so wonderful
is because she writes about the "now moments" of life.
She wants to truly capture a specific moment as it is or as a sharp
memory that has suddenly surfaced in ones mind.
wrote a statement as the "Contributors Comment"
in Hummingbird V:3 March 1993 about her take on haiku:
is to capture the moment: light on a bricked up window in Greenwich
Village, faint crowing of a rooster early in the morning after
a death has come, colored sails in an Amazon harbor after rain.
It is to track down the real wetness of incomprehensible tears.
It is to resurrect a tiny prism of memory into a moment that lives
with color, scent, sound. These are, for me, the functions of
haiku, senryu, and the short lyric. Captured in the amber of words,
the moment endures.
Elizabeth mostly writes about the "now moments", she never
chooses a subject to write about. "The images of the moment
have to somehow choose me", Elizabeth expresses.
I think this is a wonderful way to write haiku because it tells
us that we shouldnt force ourselves to write haiku, but instead,
we should let a haiku come to us when a certain moment strikes us.