Carole MacRury

In the Company of Crows

Haiku and Tanka Between the Tides

summer sun the black beetle's true colors

waiting room ... the buzz of a fly behind the blinds

dry wind roadside dandelions shake off the dust

quiet evening ... bees bumble through the lavender

June wedding spider silks between white roses

late summer kisses on berry-stained lips in the dusk we turn past sins into sweetness

twilight... an acorn falls into our silence

autumn dusk the soft taste of the apple's bruise

morning fog the stone Buddha smiles through a spider's web

the wild shrieks of snow geese settling on an empty field ... we lose our arguments to a thousand throats

a scented breeze around moss-covered headstones -- suddendly an old loss becomes new

sleep-walking through my childhood ... until I wake to forgive and kiss my dying father goodbye

In the Company of Crows
HAIKU and TANKA Between the Tides
By Carole MacRury
Illustrated by Ion Codrescu
Edited by Cathy Drinkwater Better
Introduction by Beverley George
Published by Black Cat pss
160 pp
Trim 5.25 in x 8.5 in
ISBN 0-9766407-7-5
Retail price $18.00

About the poet: Carole MacRury is an award-winning poet and avid photographer based in Point Roberts, Washington. She is involved in the arts community on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border, having acted as one of the organizers and haiku judges for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and coordinator of Haiku Garden, which sponsors a series of haiku workshops for elementary- and middle-school classes. MacRury is also involved with the World Poetry Reading Series at the Vancouver Public Library, as well as on co-op radio, and serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Tanka Society of America. MacRury’s work has been widely published in both U.S. and international literary journals. Her photographs have graced the covers of Modern Haiku and the Tanka Society of America’s journal, Ribbons. Her photo-haiga—a modern version of haiga, the ancient Japanese art of combining painting and poetry—have appeared online in Simply Haiku, Haigaonline, World Haiku Review, the Greenleaf Files, and Santa Fe Broadside; and she had her own local gallery show in October 2006 at the Blue Heron Gallery.

Copyright Carole MacRury, 2009