Cathy Drinkwater Better English
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A freelance writer since 1976, Cathy Drinkwater Better is a longtime professional journalist and editor, and a widely published poet in many genres and forms. She has published haiku, senryu, haibun, and tanka in journals, magazines, and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Japan since 1989, including Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Raw NerVZ, brussels sprout, Persimmon, Tundra, Presence, and others.

Cathy is also the author of over 30 published books for both children and adults, including two collections of poetry, "the moon tonight" (Los Hombres Press, 1996) and "the sky is all there is" (Astute Platypus Press, 1999); "Don't Hit Your Brother With Your Mouth Full" (Acme Press, 1995), a collection from her long-running and award-winning humor column published in the Carroll County Times and affiliated newspapers; "Test Your Bible I.Q." (Random House Value Publishing, 1999), a fun and challenging book containing more than 1,200 bits of Bible trivia in Q&A and puzzle formats; and "Excuse Me!: A Book All About Manners" (Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2001), a humorous picture book in verse, with a spiritual message. Her latest haiku collection is a tiny chapbook set, "cat and human" (Black Cat Press, 2002).

Cathy recently ditched her full-time editing job to devote more time to her various writing projects. Then, because she can't seem to sit still for long without twitching, she agreed to be the new editor of The Medical Bulletin, a group of newspapers for doctors and hospitals. Somehow, she still manages to find time to write a humor column for two regional magazines and freelance as an editor for projects ranging from medical journals to children's books. A New York native and the mother of two grown sons and a daughter, with a six-year-old granddaughter, Cathy is also the wicked stepmother of another adult daughter. She lives in Eldersburg, Maryland, with her husband, Doug Walker, and their black cat, Raven Spirit Walker. Cathy also has a second-degree black belt in karate, and she's not afraid to use it.




each sinking step
on the rain-washed path
cry of the plover
last day of the year
finally noticing the Monet
on the calendar
scanning the skies
for converging planets
I grind the gears
topiary garden:
an evergreen Buddha
at the end of the path
snow overnight
closing schools
the mother's "damn"
katydids today
counting on my fingers
to first frost
broken dream
from the moonlit windowsill
cricket sound
heading into sunset
the sister I don't talk to
one year older today
closing time
the barber combs his hair
just so
Chinese grocery-
beside the cash register
blossoms float in a dish

Author: Cathy Drinkwater Better
Billie Wilson


"each sinking step" - Haiku Presence #16 (2002)
"last day of the year" - Haiku Light (February 1998); Raw NerVZ IV:4 (1997-1998); snow on the water, The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language
"scanning the skies" - Frogpond XXII:2 (1999); the thin curve, The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (1999); and Crinkled Sunshine, The
Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology
"topiary garden" - Modern Haiku XXXI:2 (2000); Voices and Echoes, The Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology (2001)
"snow overnight" - Frogpond XVI:2 (1993); Haiku Light (February 1998)
"katydids today" - Heron Quarterly 2:4 (1998)
"broken dream" - RAW NerVZ 5:2 (1998)
"heading into sunset" - Tundra #2 (2001)
"closing time" - Frogpond XXIV:1 (2001)
"Chinese grocery" - black bough #11 (1998)


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