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Volume 32.2
Summer 2001



Best haiku of the winter-spring issue:

lunch at the zoo
even among gorillas
some who sit apart
Peggy Willis Lyles

Best senryu of the winter-spring issue:

silent porch swing
where my mother courted
"it goes with the house"
Charles Rossiter

Best haibun of the winter-spring issue:


I have found the afterlife. It is silt and torpid current where nights are only slightly darker than the days, where blue and yellow fish inspect these chambers, kissing my emptiness. I have grown very cold inside.

They assembled me with pride by the Baltic Sea. In 1942, across the Atlantic, I sank one tanker and three freighters. The elation was mechanical—the churn of pistons, the swiveling of periscope, the greased turning of gears and shaft. I went down with engines out in high seas, off North Carolina, the roiled waters choking quickly our shocked moans.

Enter now through this hatch. First adjust your buoyancy. Yes, bring light and line. Don’t snag your tank or hose on that bulkhead rip.

Observe the vacancy of these bays and beds. Down this corridor, in the galley, plankton dine in silence. Come further, yes. In the navigation room, to your left, the maps and charts have vanished.

See that spider crab with black and spindly legs. . . it is my Führer.

Take my story with you, if you wish. Go now. Go live out your little life until your little death. Know that all is oceanic.

I have performed the striptease of ego, hate, and power.

Ascend with care. Not too fast. Don’t hold the breath. For it is in time, not out of it, that you must now progress.

from torpedo tubes
sluggish fins
William M. Ramsey

14th Annual Kay Titus Mormino Memorial Scholarship award:

the mute
talking volumes
with his eyes
Jenn Rolling
Walhert High School
Dubuque, Iowa

4th Annual Geraldine C. Little Memorial Scholarship award:

after the door closes
its silence
and mine
Joleen Fluhr
Walhert High School
Dubuque, Iowa

7th Annual Nunzio Crisci Memorial Scholarship award:

rough draft
our relationship
Sarah Mary Bakke
Walhert High School
Dubuque, Iowa

1st Karl Herzfeld Memorial Scholarship award:

four car pileup
the morning snow
falls so gently
Chris Burke
Walhert High School
Dubuque, Iowa



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