Haiku Magazine Review

Tundra: Journal of the Short Poem

The premier issue of Tundra was released July 10, 1999 at Haiku North America 1999 which was convened on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. ISSN: 1095-6727

from the editor's welcome:

The tundra is hardly a desolate place, of course, and in it lies a rich purity found in small and simple details. A good short poem is like that, I thought. At that moment 'Tundra' struck me as being a serviceable title for a poetry journal, suggesting simplicity, purity, concision, and intensity. . . . Whether for haiku, brief free verse, or other short forms, it came to me on that stony trail that Tundra could be a home for short poetry.

In each issue of Tundra I plan to provide a pleasing variety of reading including a featured poet, an interview or article relevant to short poetry, book listings and reviews, plus a variety of short poems and translations presented in an aesthetic sequence. —Michael Dylan Welch, Editor

Michael Dylan Welch, Editor
22230 NE 28th Place
Sammamish, WA 98074-6408

The premier issue includes a short article by Dana Gioia, an interview with Janet Lewis, translations of Ogiwara Seisensui by Hiroaki Sato, an excellent collection of short poems by featured poet, Samuel Menashe, and a wide range of short poetry and haiku.

Sample haiku and short poems from Tundra 1.1, July 1999:


As I lie on the rock
With my eyes closed
Absorbed by the sun
A creak of oarlocks
Comes into the cove

     Samuel Menashe

at dusk
it's hard to tell

about the rocking

that impassively waits
to be used

or simply enjoys
its stillness

besides the potted

     Kemp Gregory

Volume 1.1, July 1999

I maul my pillow
in the dark--
Basho, at least you had
the sound
of horses pissing

     Sanford Goldstein

winter night . . .
he patiently untangles
her antique silver chain

     Peggy Lyles

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spring afternoon . . .
I try another combination
on the shed lock

     Randy M. Brooks

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