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Patricia J. Machmiller

Board member
San Jose, California
Patricia J. Machmiller photoPatricia began writing haiku in 1975 with Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi, founders of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. She served as the society’s president from 1978 to 1981, and coedited Young Leaves: 25th Anniversary Issue of Haiku Journal with June Hopper Hymas. She and Emiko Miyashita write a regular column of haiku commentary, “Dojins’ Corner,” for Geppo, the newsletter of YTHS. She has made three literary excursions to Japan in 1979, 1997, and 2007. The 1997 trip made with eight other haiku poets was commemorated in an installation and performance piece, “Cherry Blossoms Meet By-the-Wind Sailors,” which she edited. She is also an artist and has incorporated haiku into her artwork, which can be seen at: <>.
at the waterfall
sometimes I find an answer
sometimes . . . the wind

                                                                   evoking clusters
                                                                   of algebraic symbols—
                                                                   smell of tangerine

young leaves: this feeling
of wanting to know what now
I can never know


Publications by Patricia J. Machmiller

Blush of Winter Moon. San Jose, CA: Jacaranda Press, 2000.

Kiyoko’s Sky: The Haiku of Kiyoko Tokutomi. Translated with Fay Aoyagi. Decatur, IL: Brooks Books, 2002.

Autumn Loneliness: The Letters of Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi, July–December, 1967. Translated with Tei Matsushita Scott. Walnut Creek, CA: Hardscratch Press, 2009.

Sweet Reverence of Little Birds. With Floy Zittin and Martha Dahlen., 2010.

Mountain Trail: Following the Master., 2010.

The San Francisco Bay Area Nature Guide and Saijiki. Edited with Anne Homan and Patrick Gallagher., 2010.

The Poetry of Pei Jen Hau. Translated with Julie Holding., 2011.


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