Miles’ howling horn
spring morning sparrow
tripping across my sun-splashed lawn
Thelonious kisses the keys
playing my saxophone spine
Mike Spikes is a professor of English at Arkansas State University. Most recently he has focused on writing haiku, many of which have appeared in Frogpond and Modern Haiku. “Riffs” is an effort at composing a jazz poem consisting of linked haiku-like stanzas.