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Volume 33.2
Summer 2002

book review

Blush of Winter Moon: Haiku
by Patricia Machmiller


reviewed by Robert Spiess

Blush of Winter Moon: Haiku by Patricia J. Machmiller, with sumi-e by Mary Hill (San Jose, CA: Jacaranda Press, 2001). 98 pages, paper, perfectbound, 8 1/2" x 9"; $18.00 postpaid from the author at 1963 Josephine Ave., San Jose, CA 95124.


This is a large-format lavishly produced. book of haiku by Patricia Machmiller. The stock is of heavy quality and each page has from one to three haiku. The sumi-e are pleasingly executed and occupy from part of a page to a full page. A representative selection:

long night: not saying
     which topics to leave alone
     we talk around them


     riding the last train
I peer into the long night
     —my own reflection


     summer sea, mint-green—
there's something in its sound of . . .
     remoteness, of . . . calm


          intersecting lines—
in the far distance a train
     becomes the spring sky


     where once an orchard
stumps now, each brandishing its
     thick shock of leaves


At Arlington Cemetery

     Oak leaves, each perfect
in its way, lie in clusters
          where they have fallen

In a brief biography, Patricia Machmiller is shown to have a technical background: she majored in mathematics and chemistry at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and worked for thirty-three years in Silicon Valley in aerospace industries, from which she retired in 1998.




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