Hunterdon Poets Workshop: Lisa Bruckman

Yin-Yang Poems



He-cat flips tail – swish

upward, thumping bed; eye

gleam purrs to She-cat

She-tail meows sweet-

ly, sweeps gently, sunbeamed

dust scatters, dances between


By night, window stares

cascade down,

gleaming glass tells none

Bed -borne poet shines,blackness while blinds

weighted eyelids drape toward

pen, scratches on, on


hear, breeze swaying tree-

tops, tiles of tittering leaves

bow to the blue, that

brush of vast azul,

cerulean sweep, meets sil-

houette, kiss to leaves



-Lisa Bruckman

*In Ying-Yang form, two reflexive haiku are created so One answers the Other.

About the Author

Lisa A. Bruckman has had her poems published in Journal of New Jersey Poets, Lips, The Meadowland Review (which nominated Lisa for a Pushcart Prize for “Iwanta”), Exit 13Meta-Land II: Poets of the Palisades (2016), Stillwater Review (vol. 7) and is the author of a chapbook, What Mama Saw (2002).

About the Hunterdon Poets Workshop

“It is necessary to any originality to have the courage to be an amateur.” ~Wallace Stevens

“Imagination is the instrument of compassion.” ~Zbigniew Herbert

The Hunterdon Poets Workshop is a monthly (September-May) Sunday afternoon gathering of published and emerging writers in our community. Our dialogue on poetry crosses generations and cultures, as participants range in age from the early 20s to the mid-90s. Many bring drafts of poems to share or come for a poetry prompt. The workshop size is limited to eight, and members are always thoughtful and encouraging. It’s a privilege for me to help nurture the voices of talented poets and writers in our Workshop.

Vasiliki Katsarou, Instructor