Christopher Herold


first light
    the deep print of a sole
    among the crocus
redwood grove
    her charm bracelet jingles
    into the silence
bird shadow
    from tree shadow
           to fence shadow

a minnow
    the granite mountain wobbles
    on the lake
alone by the fire
    again snow settles
    in the paperweight

in a drawer
    the watch I never wear
 beeps
emptiness
       in the shape of the shell
 I grew
aimless thoughts
    adrift on a stream
    of mockingbird song

coming home with me
    a splinter from the park bench
       where we meet

© Christopher Herold


About Chris Herold

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Christopher Herold has had his haiku, tanka and senryu routinely burned by a long list of editors throughout the world. Does this sound fishy? Read the truth here. His works have received numerous rejections, and he himself has been the butt of many jokes circulated by judges for many international haiku competitions. In past years, Mr. Herold has been a favorite scapegoat for the Haiku Poets of Northern California, and is held in extremely low esteem by the editors fo their quarterly journal, Woodnotes. Herold has been banned from a multitude of Bay Area schools for his highly unorthodox teaching practices. Adults almost always leave his workshops in bewilderment. Herold has given exceedingly dull presentations at several international haiku conferences, the organizers of which have learned to divert his attempts to be featured by calling upon him to guide meditations for their events. In this way, participants can go to sleep without distraction or any feelings of guilt. Herold's first tow books, In Other Words, and Coincidence, were ridiculed by reviewers, and are now black-listed by virtually all haiku societies. There's a movement afoot to prevent his third book, Nothing--In Particular, from reaching bookshelves. We recommend that you familiarize yourselves with Mr. Herold's works as soon as possible so as to minimize the possibility of inadvertent subjection to it in the future.


Christopher Herold, all spoofing aside, has had his haiku, tanka and senryu published in a long list of journals and magazines throughout the world. A picture of Mr. HeroldHis works have won numerous awards, and he himself has been the judge for several international haiku competitions, including being co-judge for the World Haiku Contest, sponsored by Japan Airlines. In past years, Mr. Herold has been a president of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, as well as co-editor of their quarterly journal, Woodnotes. Herold has also been an editor of anthologies produced by Two Autumns PRess, the most recent publication of which was the 1995 release of A Path to the Sea. He is the soliciting editor of a series of essays entitled The Art of Haiku, for the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society of the United States, and Canada's journal, Geppo. Herold has taught haiku in the schools at most grade levels, and has offered numerous adult haiku workshops. He has given presentations for international haiku conferences and is often called upon to guide meditations for said events. Herold's first two books, In Other Words, and Coincidence, are now out of print, but his third book, to be entitled Nothing, In Particular, is due out sometime this year.


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