Ann Spiers

Vashon Island, Washington

Ann Spiers writes poetry, and most recently enjoys the challenge of haiku and senryu. Haiku Northwest member Helen Russell invited her to join Vashon Island’s haiku gathering, Mondays at Three, more than a decade ago. She stewards Vashon Village Green’s Poetry Pole, and her haiku occasionally appears on Vashon’s roadside Hiway Haiku. She received her MA in literature and creative writing from the University of Washington, reads and publishes poetry widely, and leads seminars in poetry with an emphasis on chapbook development at Seattle’s Hugo House. Her chapbooks include Volcano Blue and Tide Turn (May Day Press), Long Climb into Grace (FootHills Publishing’s Poets on Peace Series), and The Herodotus Poems (Brooding Heron Press).

summer’s last hour:

a yellow-jacket settles

in my garden glove

Road to Ephesus:

goat grandstands atop

a broken column

in the snow, raccoons


I, too, do the rounds

a thousand cuts

the old cherry ready for viewing


in her fingers

bird bones again learn flight