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May 2005 Issue V:2

Southwestern Haijin Spotlight

Miriam Sagan

Miriam Sagan started writing haiku in the 6th grade, where her teacher attempted to teach her to write and to spell (failing at the latter).  She was born in Manhattan, raised in New Jersey, educated in Boston at Harvard University and Boston University. She ran away to San Francisco in her twenties, discovering Zen Buddhism, massage and Polarity therapy, and her first husband Robert Winson. During half a year spent on the island of Martha's Vineyard, she rediscovered haiku as a part of the path of poetry. In 1984, she moved to Santa Fe and discovered through a change of address card sent to Frogpond that she was neighbors with Elizabeth S. Lamb.
With Robert she had one daughter, and lived for a hundred days in a remote monastery in the southern Rockies, chronicled in the joint diary Dirty Laundry (New World Library).  Robert Winson died as a young man. The story of widowhood, and re-marriage to her high school boyfriend Richard Feldman, is told in Searching For A Mustard Seed: A Young Widow's Unconventional Story (Quality Words in Print). Winner of the 2004 Independent Publishers Award for best memoir.
Miriam edited Elizabeth Lamb's work in the volume Across The Windharp (La Alameda). Her most recent book is a collection of poems, Rag Trade (La Alameda). She runs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College.


My mother-in-law
Borrows my cane
Rustling pampas grass


purple-haired girl
apple blossoms

Broken windbell—
How many years
Have passed...


Sound of the fountain
In the courtyard—
Headlines of war

After all these years
Cholla cactus fence bursts
Into pink blossoms


crabapple blossoms
fill the word MELANCHOLY
carved in the sidewalk

Golden pavilion
Reflected almost perfectly
In the water...


even in this
suburban neighborhood—
wild scat



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