West Indies Haiku



Tim Tomlinson is the author of the chapbook Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, the poetry collection Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, and the collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You. He’s been scuba diving since 1974, at numerous Caribbean and Indo-Pacific locations. Recent work appears in The Archer, Big City Lit, Home Planet News, and Live Encounters. He’s a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He teaches in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies. 






West Indies Haiku!



queen’s highway—

a hermit crab tucks

against traffic



lifting entrails from roadkill—

passing jogger



on the power lines—

empty airstrip


high noon—

dogs in the shade

of a Buick


cactus branch—

a seagull perched

between thorns



at slack tide—

sagging hammock


white seabed—

silt settling on the imprint

of a ray


spring leaf

on the reef bottom

drifting this way, that