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February 2007 Issue VII:1

Southwestern Haijin Spotlight

Laura Orabone

Born in Texas, raised in southern Oklahoma, Laura Orabone currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and son. She received her Master’s of English in 1996 from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and arrived in Tucson the following year. Her children’s book, Elena and the Coin: Exploring Tucson’s Hispanic Heritage, was published by the Center for Desert Archaeology in 2000. Her haiku have appeared in several publications, including The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, bottlerockets, Modern Haiku, Roadrunner Haiku Journal , and Acorn. In October 2005, one of her haiku received Honorable Mention at the international Matsuo Basho Haiku Contest in Japan. When she’s not writing poetry, Laura is a successful gourd artist and budding gardener.


Cinco de Mayo
the virgin rides
a slice of moon


a child suckles
a sugar skull

following the spring
to its source


starry night
I step into the field
of possibility

ten thousand years
beside this fire


spring funeral
one chair separates
widow from bride

roadside shrine
a child blows out
all the prayers


orange blossoms
the sleeping cat’s pillow
of death poems

winter rain
I pretend my hand
is yours


searches for her name
on the donor list

Some of these poems originally appeared in Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, and Modern Haiku.


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