Jo Balistreri

Born: 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota
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URL: http://maryjobalistreripoet.com

Mary Jo spent most of her life as a concert pianist and harpsichordist. With the death of a grandchild in 2005, she began writing poetry to deal with her grief, and to give witness to the child’s life. She began writing haiku in late January of 2013. It is changing the way she lives, keeps her aware and present, and with a sense of humor, puts things in perspective.
Jo has two books of poetry published by Bellowing Ark Press and a chapbook by Tiger's Eye Press. She joined the haiku community three years ago and found the form and the people she wants to be involved in for the rest of her life.


at his hospital window…
silent answers
among the stars

failed haiku, issue 12, December, 2016

toast crumbs
fall onto his paper
landslide in Peru

failed haiku, issue 12, December, 2016

golf-ball hail—
the kids
forget their coats

failed haiku, issue 12, December, 2016

wild gardenias
whiten the path—
first father-daughter dance

blithe spirit, BHS Anthology, 2016

delphinium shoots nudging the soil baby’s first kick

prune juice, issue 20, November, 2016

his home
of thirty years sold…
he plants marigolds

prune juice, issue 20, November 2016

pails tied at the waist
--our tongues
cherry red

prune juice, issue 20, November 2016

the fluid music
of her womb…
incoming tide

Hedgerow, Issue, 99, December, 2016

 

only one spoonful
to honor her ancestors—
lutefisk

failed haiku,  Volume, October, 2016

 

her sour tears—
he hacks down
the last lemon tree

Failed haiku,  Volume, October, 2016

 

an old sears catalog
she shows him
her red wagon
 
bottle rockets  press #35, August, 2016

 

constant slam
of the screen door
rhubarb pie

bottle rockets  press #35, August, 2016

 

a steep climb…
following
my shadow’s pilgrim hat

modern haiku,  volume 47.1 winter-spring, 2016

 

trickle of melt
down the canyon wall…
holding his ashes

modern haiku,  Volume 47.2, Summer, 2016

 

one child’s candle…
light moves
up the aisle

modern haiku,  Volume 47.3, Fall, 2016

 

golfers
in the rain…
their windbreakers brighten

failed haiku,  Volume 1, Issue Six, May, 2016

 

sterilizing
mason jars…
mom’s peaches this winter

brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2016/09

 

Mother’s Day
wearing her locket
for the first time

prune juice,  No. 19, July, 2016

 

cattails tossing and tossing a night of insomnia

A Hundred Gourds, Issue 5.2, March, 2016

 

dog-eared by her side
the wonder of the world…
hospice

bearcreekhaiku,  Issue 133, 2016

 

fog hanging
from the elms…
mother’s cleaning rags

speed bump journal, 1.1. January, 2016

 

up late the moon in our merlot

bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2015/11

 

father’s whistle in a blade of grass

volume XVII, number 4: December, 2015

 

the click of bamboo
in the wind…
grandma’s rosary

brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2016_03_01_archive.html

 

at her easel the sea’s changing face

brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2016_03_01_archive.html

 

blazing firewood…
we drink cider
with a bite

frogpond, 38.3, autumn, 2015

 

swimming
through the moon…
broken music

wild plum, 1.2/ fall and winter/ 2015
behind the tree line-haiku anthology, 2015

 

whine
of a neighbor’s sax…
the dying wind

a hundred gourds, 4.4. march, 2015

 

snow’s lavender shadows
she feeds her mother
canned peaches

wild plum / 2.2, fall and winter/ 2016