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Peter Jastermsky

Peter Jastermsky

Born: 1953 Connecticut, USA
Resides: Southern California, USA
E-mail: desertratbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

The author of seven books of haiku-based writing, Peter Jastermsky lives with his family in the high desert of Southern California, USA. An award-winning cherita poet, Peter’s work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. He is also a Dwarf Star Award and Best of the Net nominee. In 2017, Peter invented a new linked form that is haiku-centered called a split sequence. His recent book, Just Dust and Stone (Velvet Dusk Publishing, 2021) is a collection of collaborative split sequences, co-written with Bryan Rickert. Peter’s other titles include Steel Cut Moon: Haiku & Senryu (Cholla Needles Press, 2019), The Silence We Came For (Yavanika Press, 2020), and Fingerbone Sky (Yavanika Press, 2021).

Books Published:

Steel Cut Moon: Haiku & Senryu (Cholla Needles Press, 2019); No Velcro Here (Yavanika Press, 2019); Failed States (Bones Library, 2020); The Silence We Came For (Yavanika Press, 2020); tyranny of the familiar, with Tiffany Shaw-Diaz (Yavanika Press, 2020); Just Dust and Stone, with Bryan Rickert (Velvet Dusk Publishing, 2021); and Fingerbone Sky (Yavanika Press, 2021).

Selected Work
paths crossing . . . 
a songbird becomes
the wind
breakfast for one
a morning held together  
by sparrows
sagging trellis no one tells on the roses
slack guitar a melody tunes to the moon
where to go next a nose for new blossoms
sloe gin tides a red eye egret


“paths crossing” – Butterfly Dream, June 19, 2018; “breakfast for one” - Under the Bashō, March 2019; “sagging trellis” - Blo͞o Outlier Journal Issue #1, December 2020; “slack guitar“ - hedgerow #133, December 2020; “where to go” - Presence #72, March 2022; “sloe gin” - Heliosparrow, February 2022.

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