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August 2005 Issue V:3

Special Feature

The first installment of Roadrunner's Special Feature showcases five sets of paired poems by Robert D. Wilson and Anita Virgil.  These remarkable poem pairs show a new development in collaborative verse which can only be described as extraordinary.  Roadrunner is pleased to present this as its first Special Feature.

 

this lazy afternoon . . .
a thousand bees
lulling me to sleep

Anita Virgil

 

under
a fragrant tree
the song of water

Robert D. Wilson

 
 

spring afternoon . . .
even while I doze, things green
flowers open

Anita Virgil

 

on page
after page,
the same shadow

Robert D. Wilson

 

stirring the stream
with her finger, a woman
not unlike myself

Robert D. Wilson

 

refreshing
my dug-up fern roots,
cool water

Anita Virgil

 

 
 

the evening sun
drains the last gold
from the jasmine arbor

Anita Virgil

 

at sunset,
the raven becomes
its shadow

Robert D. Wilson

 

knee deep
in moonlight,
a heron dreaming

Robert D. Wilson

 

warmer than my dream
this spring night,
your voice

Anita Virgil

 

 

 

Anita Virgil
A past president of The Haiku Society of America. Poetry, essays and book reviews by her have appeared in all major haiku magazines and anthologies since 1969. Most recently, her poetry and essays appear in the online literary journal Simply Haiku (2004 and 2005); Haiku (2003, Alfred A. Knopf Everyman’s Library edition); Where Dogs Dream and Haiku for Lovers (MQP London 2003). Her six books A 2nd Flake, one potato two potato etc, on my mind: an interview of Anita Virgil by Vincent Tripi, Pilot, A Long Year, and  summer thunder
 

Robert D. Wilson

Robert D. Wilson is the owner/managing editor of Simply Haiku, an online literary journal that showcases Japanese short form poetry (www.simplyhaiku.com).  He is also a columnist for Teacher Librarian Magazine, the director of a community day school for troubled teenagers, and has written a murder mystery novel entitled, Late for Mass.  His Vietnam Ruminations  are available at www.vietnamruminations.com  coltrane @lodelink.com .   He lives part of the year with his family near Yosemite National Park and the remainder of the year in the Philippines.  He was born and raised in Los Angeles.

 

 

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