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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Last week! My electronic books (ebooks) are on sale
at 50% off ($3) through January 1, 2011 at Smashwords.com:
Enter codes:
Haiku Notebook Second Edition - VW79L
Small Events (2nd Expanded Ed., Haibun book) - QL72R

Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve the sink still clogged

w. f. owen

Merry Christmas all!

Monday, December 20, 2010

lunar eclipse cracking walnuts in one hand

w. f. owen

Sunday, December 19, 2010

more rain the earthworms run for it too

w. f. owen

Thursday, December 16, 2010

a dream a knock on the door a dream

w. f. owen

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

cold north wind i move out of his shadow

w. f. owen

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

without this leaf fall there will be no spring

w. f. owen

Friday, December 3, 2010

sickle moon another sleepless night in her eyes

w. f. owen

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving leftovers frost covers the dog turd

w. f. owen

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My electronic books (ebooks) are on sale
at 50% off ($3) through Christmas at Smashwords.com
Enter codes:
Haiku Notebook Second Edition - TD39U
Small Events (2nd Expanded Ed., Haibun book) - LL35K

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

recurring dream rain patter on the roof

w. f. owen

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

afternoon shadows the lines of her jowls

w. f. owen

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

my 500th post!

autumn morning two veterans shoulder their brooms

w. f. owen

Happy Birthday U. S. Marine Corps, 10 November
Thank you veterans, 11 November

Sunday, November 7, 2010

time change this difficult stage of my long hair

w. f. owen

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

voting i approve this message

w. f. owen

Saturday, October 30, 2010

autumn heat the swelling of a fresh tattoo

w. f. owen

Friday, October 22, 2010

Indian summer the theatre's sticky floor

w. f. owen

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October sun the flight of the baseball

w. f. owen

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

autumn light the folds in my eyelids

w. f. owen

Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Lennon, 70, RIP . . .

Friday, October 8, 2010

in remission she pulls tubers from the garden

w. f. owen

Sunday, October 3, 2010

first rain i turn over a new leaf

w. f. owen

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sale on my two ebooks during October!
Go to Smashwords.com and enter these codes
to get Haiku Notebook and Small Events (my haibun
book) for $3.99 (regularly $5.99):
Haiku Notebook (code: BG34V)
Small Events (code: RX98T)
Both are in the second edition.

Happy Haiku!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

autumn heat pith clings to the orange

w. f. owen

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

end of summer the hot wind without sound

w. f. owen

Thursday, September 16, 2010

sitting with full bellies we tell tall tales

w. f. owen

Friday, September 10, 2010

late summer sunburn tomato skin between my teeth

w. f. owen

Friday, September 3, 2010

burnt grass the papery sound of dragonfly wings

w. f. owen

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

late summer heat we climb above the tree line

w. f. owen

Friday, August 27, 2010

we pause by the river debris in an eddy

w. f. owen

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

summer's end my flip-flopped heel scrapes the ground

w. f. owen

Friday, August 20, 2010

heat wave the white left by a fallen scab

w. f. owen

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

distant lightning tree roots hang from the cliff

w. f. owen

Saturday, August 14, 2010

day's end farmers talk across the pickup bed

w. f. owen

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

tree canopy the dogface butterfly floats

w. f. owen

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

summer evening the clink of a horseshoe

w. f. owen

Thursday, July 29, 2010

summer dusk a dried flower in my flip-flop

w. f. owen

Sunday, July 25, 2010

mixed family blackened hot dogs on the grill

w. f. owen

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

new moon she comes darkly

w. f. owen

Saturday, July 17, 2010

recession from the edge of the porch he spits

w. f. owen

Thursday, July 15, 2010

midsummer morning the uneven hum of the pool pump

w. f. owen

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July afternoon wind from the boy on a bike

w. f. owen

Friday, July 9, 2010

Small Events: Haibun by W. F. Owen (Expanded 2nd Ed.)

Hi All,

My haibun book now is available as an ebook (all major formats)
by clicking on the title above. Here is the description:

Awarded Best Haibun book by the Haiku Society of America in 2008, 
this expanded second edition offers sixty haibun. A haibun links brief, 
imagistic and poetic prose with one or more haiku. Traced to Basho’s 
17th century travel writings, these English-language haibun involve 
concrete stories (small events) where the everyday becomes remarkable. 
Come join the author in reliving these epiphanies. 

You can check out a free sample of 25% of the book there.

Thanks! Soon, I will resume posting new material here.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Haiku Notebook (2nd Ed.) on sale!

As an introductory offer, my ebook is on sale (50% off) this month.
I also have my sci-fi novel on sale at Smashwords.com as well.

By the way, I am preparing a 2nd Expanded Ed. of my haibun book
(Small Events) and it should be available in all ebook formats by
the end of the month. Some of you may know that book was awarded
Best Haibun book by the Haiku Society of America in 2008.
I'll let you know when it's available. Thanks!

Friday, July 2, 2010

summer morning they hold the Tai Chi pose

w. f. owen

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Second Edition of Haiku Notebook

Haiku Notebook (second edition) is available
now as an ebook on smashwords.com. Soon, it
should be available on Apple's iBooks.
Click the title above for the link.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

summer solstice i let dad talk and talk

w. f. owen

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

flowers arranged she fluffs her hair

w. f. owen

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

garbage heap flies laying eggs in the eggshells

w. f. owen

Sunday, May 30, 2010

the limb i planned to prune whips in the wind

w. f. owen

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

the yellow school bus still comes out this far
with only a handful of kids most are grown and
gone to the cities where jobs might be some hit
the high seas with dixie cups on their heads some
packed a weapon in the dusty towns in a war far
from that bus and from the yellow ribbons they'll
never see

walking his property the call to supper

w. f. owen

Sunday, May 23, 2010

May morning dueling mowers and motorcycles

w. f. owen
In my opinion, one of the best guides for beginning haiku poets
is by Lee Gurga (Haiku: A Poet's Guide). I mention that because he describes nuances between
haiku, senryu and poems not quite fitting either type, such as
the one he used of mine: "removing her sweater/the spark/no longer there"
(p.57). Perhaps my recent post of "blossoming sky" also is not exactly haiku. Check it out.
Over the summer, in preparation for revising haiku notebook as an ebook, I'll be rereading other haiku books such as Gurga's and may post some missives here.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

blossoming sky she sits with the grownups

w. f. owen

Thursday, May 20, 2010

silent treatment i negotiate the artichoke

w. f. owen

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

not hot not cold i share the sidewalk with a snail

w. f. owen

Saturday, May 15, 2010

i save the skipping stone for the right moment

w. f. owen

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

clutched in his fist a swollen tree bud

w. f. owen

Saturday, May 8, 2010

cataracts the bathtub ring around the lake

w. f. owen

Friday, May 7, 2010

our silence we catch and release the trout

w. f. owen

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May heat the bright glare of white legs

w. f. owen

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

the bird with one foot first to the seeds

w. f. owen

Saturday, May 1, 2010

pulling weeds the holes full of spring sun

w. f. owen

Thursday, April 29, 2010

overcast the drab koi swims alone

w. f. owen

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

spring evening we split the last slice of pie

w. f. owen

Friday, April 23, 2010

past loves i slice the asparagus diagonally

w. f. owen

Thursday, April 22, 2010

first warm day feeding the sourdough starter

w. f. owen

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

intermittent rain here and there a snail

w. f. owen

Sunday, April 18, 2010

longer days the fruit tree begins its droop

w. f. owen

Saturday, April 17, 2010

pouring the honey first signs of spring

w. f. owen

Thursday, April 15, 2010

slow day a flash of minnows in the bucket

w. f. owen

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

backyard fishing we cast at the laundry basket

w. f. owen

Monday, April 12, 2010

spring clouds the ladybug lifts a wing

w. f. owen

Saturday, April 10, 2010

years later money in her coffee can

w. f. owen

Friday, April 9, 2010

catch and release the old couple packs up

w. f. owen

Saturday, April 3, 2010

intermittent rain my handshake stops his tremors

w. f. owen

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

after rain the silky black of a roadside crow

w. f. owen

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Download our (CVHC-Central Valley Haiku Club) latest book of haibun and haiku at:


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Recent publications from Frogpond Vol. 33, Number 1, Winter 2010:

in the half-light of morning

here in Hawaii in a room which really was a garage cleaned up just enough to be livable i survey the aches from the previous long day of diving for a living and it was a good job though no health insurance or even surety of a next meal i peer out to the tatami mats strung together to hide the grease underneath now full in spots with sand dragged in from the beach just inside the door a mouse sits up on its hind legs and i think for a moment to get up and shoo it away but no let it be it adds charm to the place so i drift back into sleep eyelids closed i see the ocean floor much like i did so often when spearing fish while free diving for hours i drift and that screen plays a movie of lava rock and fish flitting i dream . . . my long-time friend with a droopy face from Bell's palsy which lasts only a week he feels it will be forever maybe a stroke but he is only in his 30s so i try to reassure him and think better of joking about the times i shot fish through both eyes they twitched at the end of the spear but that was just reflex

in tree shade i ink one side of the fish

(page 57)

heat wave the scratch of a sun-dried towel

(page 25)

w. f. owen

Friday, March 19, 2010

where land meets sea a couple hand in hand

w. f. owen

Sunday, March 14, 2010

time change we have the same old argument

w. f. owen

Saturday, March 13, 2010

late frost the librarian's caked lipstick

w. f. owen

Thursday, March 11, 2010

scratch scratch circling the dog lies down

w. f. owen

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

spring sun she finally hits the high note

w. f. owen

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

faucet dripping i remember the dream

w. f. owen

Thursday, February 18, 2010

spring night he tries on the hand-me-down shirts

w. f. owen

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day the bird tries his song

w. f. owen

Saturday, February 6, 2010

winter sun i tear the sourdough bread

w. f. owen

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

patchy fog a beggar on each corner

w. f. owen

Saturday, January 30, 2010

rain ends the water bill reads 10,000 gallons

w. f. owen

Saturday, January 23, 2010

rain again the curled water hose captures mud

w. f. owen

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

winter fog a dog walks closer to the boy

w. f. owen