R. J. Swanson

Rollingbay, Washington

R. J. Swanson wrote his first haiku while living in Japan in 1995. It was about lunch. He wrote a second haiku in 2017 and has written many more since. Recent work appears in Acorn, Failed Haiku, Frogpond, Heron’s Nest, Kingfisher, Modern Haiku, Prune Juice, and Wales Haiku Journal. He gardens and teaches Chadō.


summer heat—

still posting letters

with Santa stamps


cut chrysanthemums—

a lifetime of cigarettes

in the priest’s voice



pushing through frost

first communion



crumpling obituaries

to light a fire


zigzag bridge

through an iris marsh

the urge to disappear