Invitation to the Tyburn Jig

In the shadow of the gallows, not far from the hangman’s noose, the young pick-pocket drowns in the shallow murk of a blindman’s holiday, once the jailer’s doused the glim. He was born under a threepenny planet, dipping wipers for a tot of lightning, dodging charlies and soul-drivers. Holed up in a gospel-shop, pot-valiant, he forgot […]


on the morning path across Hakusan Mountain flowering haiku Kim M. Russell, 2017 My response to Carpe Diem #1159 Matto, birthplace of Chiyo-Ni In this episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, we are visiting Matto, a village in Kaga Province, now Hakusan Ishikawa Prefecture, the birthplace of the female haiku poet, Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775), who is […]

Mountains of Shinano

smudge of monochrome merges with autumn colours cloud dips into lake Kim M. Russell, 2017 My response to Carpe Diem #1158 Kashiwabara, birth-place of Kobayashi Issa In this episode, Chèvrefeuille has told us about the Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828), known as Issa, a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea, who […]