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Stanford M. Forrester English

Stanford M. Forrester is a past president of the Haiku Society of America and founder and editor of "bottle rockets: a collection of short verse". Most recently, his poems have appeared in the anthology "Haiku", published by Knopf in the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series edited by Peter Washington and "American Zen:A Gathering of Poets", published by Bottom Dog Press. In 2003, one of his haiku took first seat in the 57th Annual Basho Anthology Contest in Ueno, Japan, and another was a prize winner in the Haiku International Association's 6th Annual Haiku Contest in 2004. He has served as a judge for the Japan Society in New York City, the Haiku Society of America, and the Haiku Poets of Northern California. Sometimes he goes by his haigo, "Sekiro" which means "stone dew" or "dew on a stone". Stanford has been a practicing Buddhist for more than twenty years. He lives in Wethersfield, Connnecticut, USA with his wife, Mary, and their daughters, Abigail and Molly.

morning downpour . . .
only the sound
of the temple bell stays dry
Japanese hotel ..
Gideon and Buddha share
the same drawer
forgotten temple ..
a yellow flower
offers itself
falling back
into old habits -
the rainy season
Zen retreat ..
i awaken
with a cup of coffee
moon viewing party ..
the moon
arrives late
windy afternoon ~
at the temple gate
the Wind God's grin

Author: Stanford M. Forrester




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