Highlights from various past issues of bottle rockets
(please note bottle rockets is not an online journal)
The purpose of this page is specifically intended to offer a person new to bottle rockets:a collection of short verse various examples of the type of haiku, senryu, and tanka the editors lean towards accepting.
The editors lean very, very far away from the misinterpreted and outdated English 5-7-5 model, which seems to be perpetuated by the American public school system.
Though it is probably best to order a back issue of bottle rockets before submitting to get a feel for what is a fit, this page is offered as an alternative free option.
haiku, senryu and small poems
train ride I’m only seeing one side of things
just happy enough I cross Felicity Stree
David G. Lanoue
even in my death poem Brooklyn accent
in the envelope I addressed, rejection slip —
courthouse clock tower on each side a different time
e-mailing dating she tries to sound pretty
petals on a breeze the sumo wrestler shoved from the ring
Nihilist Funeral — no blossoms
midnight moon— from aloe to sage a spider’s web
all black zendo — my official Buddhist cushion rejected
Veteran’s Day — counting myself lucky to have 10 fingers, 10 toes
karma tenzing wangchuk
waiting at the window night comes first
slowly unfolding an old love letter if only I treated her with such care
a wooden ladder leans against a leafless apple tree — not everything stands for something else
this dress from our honeymoon too small now tonight a full moon