David Berger

Seattle, Washington

David Berger is a haiku poet, author, and artist. His haiku have appeared in various journals such as First Frost, Prune Juice, Kingfisher, Failed Haiku, and Contemporary Haibun Online, and in anthologies such as Last Train Home. His books include Bette Alexander: The Music In Us (Chin Music Press), Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest (University of Washington Press), and Persimmon & Frog: The Life and Art of Fumiko Kimura, A Kibei-Nisei’s Story of Self-Discovery (Chin Music Press)—the latter also includes a dozen of his haiku. Berger’s career includes visual arts critic at The Seattle Times, executive director of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation, and communication officer for the Friends of Dunhuang, a world heritage site on the Silk Road, not to mention representing the state of Washington at the National Chicken Cooking Contest. He exhibits at Yuan Ru Art Center in Bellevue, and you can see more of his visual arts at https://davidaberger.net/.

smooth in my hand the stone’s long journey


first light

the umbrella

of a robin’s song


in Ukraine

another volley of missiles

adjusting the contrast



watermelon seeds at my shadow

summer afternoon


after meditation

the sound

of my cereal bowl