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  November 2006
volume 4 number 4
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Tess. Lotta
Poetry Unrestrained: William Waltz, editor of Conduit Literary Magazine and the Poetics of Annihilation
Richard Beban
My First Mentor
Jerry Garcia
Bent Hamer's Charles Bukowski's Factotum
Aurora Antonovic
Elisha Porat's Episode
Marie Lecrivain
Naughty and Nice: Holiday Literary Recommendations
Jack G. Bowman
John Dullaghan's Bukowski: Born Into This
Danielle Grilli
Wisteria: A Journal of Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka
Aire Celeste Norell
Rachel Kann's The Gold of It All
Marc Olmstead
Bill Morgan's I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg
Marie Lecrivain
Mindy Nettifee's Sleepyhead Assassins
Marie Lecrivain
Luis Rodriguez's My Nature is Hunger
Francisco Dominguez
Lidia Torres? A Weakness for Boleros
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G. Murray Thomas
1967: ?Snoopy vs. The Red Baron? (part 1)
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Danielle Grilli November 2006


Wisteria: A Journal of Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka

Itís refreshing. One never knows what to expect from poetry these days (excepting the creative departure from the unexpected, a reality that was further drummed into my meager brain by the journal Wisteria).
Being the stubborn Ďfear of formí poet that I am, reading the haiku, senryu and tanka in Wisteria was a bracing experience. Whether or not Wisteria aims to enlighten folk like myself on the flexibility of form, it does. I feel enlightened.
Admittedly, the reading of Wisteria imbued me with a new and poignant lesson on these traditional Japanese forms; namely, these forms can carry any subject matter. Surprise! Haiku, tanka and even senryu need not contain a crane or grasshopper to be legitimate (they can and this is beautiful too, but it is not a primary criterion). Wisteria successfully makes this point. These are modern poems written in traditional form. These are modern poems written in traditional form that work.
    The poets of Wisteria gift readers with poems of a more traditional beauty, such as M. Keiís:

    when I kneel in the earth
    I place my hands
    against my motherís face

    and Cathy Drinkwater Betterís:

    three days insideÖ
    the petals of the rose
    just let go

    as well as poems of contemporary life:

    Bossís Day
    I almost buy
    red roses

       Amitava Dasgupta

    and Gary Hothamís:

    our small hotel room-
    moths native to
    the area

    Wisteria is a brilliant showcase of multi-contextual poems of wonder. There is true beauty to be found in this journal. I would recommend it to newbies as well as to long time lovers of haiku, senryu, or tanka any day. To find out more about Wisteria, to subscribe or submit, visit

Wisteria: A Journal of Haiku, Senryu and Tanka, copyright 2006, P.O. Box 15093 Lufkin, Texas 75915-0932, ISSN: 1931-986X.

copyright 2006 Danielle Grilli


Danielle Grilli

author's bio

    Danielle Grilli is a poet and visual artist, a former poetry editor for the Muse Apprentice Guild, and a contributing editor for poeticdiversity. Her work has been published in a variety of journals and webzines including The Pedestal, Unlikely Stories, small spiral notebook, and Big Bridge.