Carlos ColonCarlos Colón

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1953
Resides in Shreveport, Louisiana
Bio: Carlos Colón has published more than 1000 poems. He is the author of Haiku Elvis: A Life in 17 Syllables (or Less) and 12 poetry chapbooks. His work has also appeared in Haiku in English (W.W. Norton, 2013) and Tazuo Yamaguchi's Haiku: Art of the Short Poem, a DVD documentary.

Photograph by Rose-Marie Lillian


oval office a square peg

RAW NerVZ  Haiku V.2 (1998)


speaking to us
the empty chair
at the poetry reading

Sunday at Four  VIII.3 (2001)


chained to the desk
the shell
of a ballpoint pen

Lynx  X1:3 (1996)


how heavy
the empty can
of Slim-Fast

First Place, San Francisco International Senryu Contest, 2004


ready to carve
a smile on it
this orange moon

The Heron's Nest  II.1 (2002)


lung condition
my one-breath poems
grow shorter

Modern Haiku  41.1 (2010)


Lord's Prayer
a slight tremor
in my father's hand

Modern Haiku  41.1 (2010)


examination room
a deep voice singing
a spiritual

Modern Haiku  41.2 (2010)


neighbor in jail
a single spider lily
in his front yard

sharing the sun: Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2010. ed. Scott Mason.
N.p.: Haiku Society of America, 2010


after the ginko—
still there, all the things
I never noticed

Frogpond 34.1 (2011)


his strike zone

Modern Haiku XXXV.3 (2004)


after thanksgiving
the pool table becoming
the pool table again

South by Southeast X.1 (2003)


babe magnet
she clings to his

RAW NerVZ HAIKU III:1 (1996)