From Paris, With Haiku

Silver Lining Haiku


Le Corde Sensible, by Rene Magritte. 1960


a cloud for breakfast
in my hand a pearl of dew
against the sultry day



 — by Virginie Colline


Copyright© 2012, Virginie Colline. All Rights Reserved.


Virginie Colline is a French translator living in Paris. Her poems have appeared in The Scrambler, The Asahi Haikuist Network, EgoPHobia, Mouse Tales Press, The Electronic Monsoon Magazine, Notes from the Gean, Frostwriting and StepAway Magazine, among others.



The Idea of Order is Key

Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens is probably my favorite English language poet. His elegance, eloquence, and wordsmithiness shine above all others for me. He had wit and whimsy, along with a deep sadness and melancholy coursing through his poetry. A sometimes strange combination that worked, that merged sound and sense better than any other poet in English — to my mind.

The Magritte of poets, Stevens worked for an insurance company, the Hartford, rising eventually to VP. Most, if not all of his coworkers knew nothing of his genius for poetry until after his death.


Helen Vendler discusses Stevens here, with an intro about the (treasure trove) 92Y series beforehand.…

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