Karen Peterson Butterworth lives in Otaki, a small town with a strong Maori presence and community spirit. She writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, has had haiku published in six countries including New Zealand, and been placed in competitions in four of these. She especially enjoys writing haiku about human nature, some of which are senryu, and some not.
“When I joined the NZ Poetry Society in the 1990s, I came to haiku as a newcomer, and was not at first impressed by the genre. Then I bought a copy of the society’s 1996 anthology Catching the Rainbow, and read the prize-winning haiku by Ruth Dallas. She introduced me to the haiku world of illusions and contradictions, and caught me as well on her floating thread. I began to borrow books on haiku.” Email Karen.
we give the old ewe a hand
with her last triplet
shy girl in the doorway
impaled on ranks
of friendly eyes
strewn on the road
a six-pack of beer
and a teddy bear
grandma is stuck
in the fort’s entrance
between the playmate’s breasts
a squashed cockroach
wedding photo –
towering over the groom
the bride’s son
round the jetty’s end –
marigolds and a condom
all the street’s children
arrive to help
bhnd th bk shds –
meeting our shy neighbour
for the first time
southerly storm: Haiku-with-cello performance sequence, selected by Cyril Childs, Haiku Festival Aotearoa 2005.
shy girl in the doorway: RawNervz (Canada) 1998.
strewn on the road: Valley Micropress (NZ) V1 no 9, 1998.
adventure playground: Bravado (NZ) 2005.
Playboy magazine: Kokako (NZ) 2003.
wedding photo: a savage gathering (NZ Poetry Society Anthology) 2002.
floating: Valley Micropress, V1 no 11, 1998.
harvesting: Yellow Moon (Aus) no 10, summer 2001.
tngrs: Haiku Presence (UK) No 25, 2005.
moon eclipse: Kusamakura Competition anthology, Japan.