Friday, August 21, 2009


not speaking…
but their wind chimes are

(Cicada, vol. 4, #2, 1988)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cleaning the closets

Cleaning the closets,
finding my kids’ vitamins
spit out...

(Brussels Sprout, Vol. 7, Issue 2, May 1990)

Monday, July 20, 2009

On the basketball hoop

On the basketball hoop –
a dragonfly… the child
delays his shot.

Brussels Sprout, v. 6, Issue 2, May, 1989.
The Daily Yomiuri, Oct.4, 2005 .

Sunday, July 19, 2009


I write a variety of poetry both in English and in my native language Russian. I especially like writing rhymed poems. I write a lot of poetry for children. I rarely write free verse, except for haiku, tanka, renga, renku, rengay, renhai, cinquain. I moderate WHCrussian - Japanese genres of poetry and classic western poetry in Russian. I also moderate WHCpoemsforchildren in English.
Zhanna P. Rader