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new town . . . - M. SHAYNE BELL

new town . . .

the cats and I

try out the front steps

dry cat food,

toast . . .

mornings together

staring at the fire—

the cat, the hour,



M. SHAYNE BELL received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991). Bell's haiku have been published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond: Haiku Society of America, Heron's Nest, Wales Haiku Journal, Blithe Spirit: British Haiku Society, Tinywords, Shot Glass Journal, O:JA&L, Haikuniverse, and Mainichi Japan. Bell's poetry has also been published in The Ghazal Page, Cathexis Northwest, Fibonacci Review, Typishly, Asimov’s, and Once Upon a Midnight (an anthology commemorating the 150th anniversary of Poe’s “The Raven”). Bell grew up on a ranch outside of Rexburg, Idaho; he and his four cats live in Rexburg.

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