Johnny BaranskiJohnny Baranski

Born 1948 in Chicago Illinois, USA
Died 2018 in Vancouver, Washington, USA

A memorial tribute to Johnny Baranski is archived on the Haiku Northwest website

You may listen to the poet reading these poems here



plum blossoms the old man's toothless grin                     

Frogpond Vol. 36: 2, Spring/Summer 2013


Sappho's fragments
the moon tonight
not quite whole

Lilliput Review #191, Lilliput Broadside Autumn 2013


spring breeze...
the scent of cherry
tobacco pipe smoke                                                           

Honorable Mention USA Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational 2013 


Palm Sunday
the cherry blossoms 
have yet to fall

Haiku Registry Per Diem March 13, 2013


salt water taffy
on the promenade
a bitter wind

Kernels Summer 2013


cool breeze;
in her new summer frock
the woman's nipples

Frogpond Vol. 34: 3, Fall 2011


in ten summers
the convict's first visit

The Heron's Nest Vol. XIII, No. 4, December 2011



sunning itself on a river rock her string bikini                     

Modern Haiku 43.2, Summer 2012


long before I came
long after I leave 
blossoming pear

Lilliput Review #191, Lilliput Broadside Autumn 2013


coming off the heat of your lips cool jazz                           

bottle rockets #28, February 2013


Nagasaki sunrise
their shadows tell
the story                                                               

Notes From The Gean 4:1, June 2012


predator drone the butterfly is yellow                                

Bones No. 3, December 2013


summer cabin
with only the roof to go --
first snow

First Snow, Teahouse Pamphlets 2003


labor day picnic worker ants                                              

Cherries on Top, NaHaiWriMo E-Book 2012


a walk-off home run
up and over 
the prison wall

this world, HSA Members Anthology 2013


Indian Summer
the cicada's song
grows feeble

Cattails Premier Edition Winter 2013


mountain summit
how easily reached
by the autumn wind

Multiverses Spring 2012


between I Thou the windstorm's anarchy                          

Under The Basho Autumn 2013


leafless elm the wind takes a bough                                 

Frogpond  Vol. 35, No. 3 Fall 2012


white supremacist
his obituary
doesn't mention it

Bones 2, June 15, 2013


'Round Midnight
a 5-7-5 haiku
so square

A Hundred Gourds 2:4, September 2013


      first snow
why it gets larger
   Mount Hood                                                                

Dragonfly a Quarterly of Haiku Vol. 7, No.4, 1979



my home
as the crow flies
just over that snowy peak

Dragonfly a Quarterly of Haiku Vol. 2, No. 2, 1983


off prison barbed wire
snow taking
the edge

Modern Haiku, 21:2, Summer 1990


Chaste Moon --
my virginity left
at the altar

Prune Juice Issue Ten July 2013