Chokeberry Tree In Winter

A wire broom upside  

down. Chokeberry tree branches  

sweep white falling crumbs.


Poem Copyright 2001, Maija Rhee Devine 
(first published in Hard Ground, December 2001)
Costa Verde   Image Copyright 2000, Sharon Carter 
(first appeared in Literary Salt Issue I)

A Korean-born writer, Devine has published works in journals including The Kenyon Review. Her fiction, "Crane's Grace," (The Kenyon Review, summer/fall, 1999) received special mentions for the O. Henry Award 2000 and the Pushcart Prize 2001. 

Chokeberry Tree in Winter is a haiku, a Japanese 3 - line poem, with lines of 5-7-5 syllables. Haiku traditionally include a seasonal word or theme.

Sharon Carter obtained her medical degree from Cambridge University and immigrated in 1979.  Her poems have been published in many presses including Pontoon and King County Metro's Art On The Buses. Publications including her art are: Spindrift, Raven Chronicles, Chiyo's Corner, Disquieting Muses and the Permanente Journal. She has been awarded a Hedgebrook residency and is currently on the editorial board of Literary Salt.
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