Joshua Beach

Sammamish, Washington

Joshua found haiku in the 21st century, and his poems have appeared in Modern Haiku and The Heron’s Nest. After years spent mastering the art of headline writing at newspapers across the West, he attended a haiku workshop and thought, “I can do that!” Haiku writing turned out to be deceptively more difficult than expected, but Joshua has been absorbing haiku lessons ever since. He lives in suburban Seattle with his wife and two children, and enjoys cheering on the WSU Cougars, and the Seattle Mariners and Sounders. His favorite haiku poet is Santoka.

empty grave . . .

a dragonfly beats away

the shortest night

a year

wiped away

dust on luggage

solstice rain

the flush of a cheek

at Moulin Rouge

windshield wipers

screech away a leaf

. . . starlings echo

first fireworks

she turns her face

to mine