Friday, December 25, 2015

World Haiku Association, November 2015

136th Monthly Haiga Contest





Under the Basho, December 2015

Concrete Haiku




awakening the morning blackness of cawcawcawffee





fa(u)lter



Personal Best

stone cairns
a faded cap drifts
downriver


First Place
The 2015 Annual Harold G. Henderson Awards for Best Unpublished Haiku Competition
Haiku Society of America


TanshiArt, 2015


Tanka alone originally published in Poetry Nook, Volume 5, 2014



Tanka alone originally published in Poetry Nook, Volume 1, 2013



Prune Juice, Issue 17, November 2015




Moongarlic E-zine, November 2015

A Scrape of Stars



Membrane of Night





Moonbathing, Issue 13, Autumn/Winter 2015

a sirocco
blows us homeward
scoured clean
our every wound
healed

Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., Autumn 2015 Haiku Contest

curling leaves
you turn your face up
to the sun


Honourable Mention
JICC Autumn 2015 Haiku Contest


Note from the Administrator:

The autumn-themed contest attracted 590 haiku submissions from participants living in more than 30 countries. The results, beyond being captivatingly beautiful, demonstrated a true flowering of this traditional Japanese art form as it is interpreted by many different cultures.

The Judges were three internationally-recognized, prizewinning poets whose ties to the international haiku community helped the contest go viral: Roberta Beary, Abigail Friedman, and Jim Kacian.

There were nearly 600 poems, and only six Honourable Mentions were chosen, so congratulations are in order! Your poetry is exemplary, and we were honoured to have the chance to appreciate it.

—Matthew Levitas

Irish Haiku Society, International Haiku Competition 2015

rocky ledge
a wolf with the moon
in its mouth


3rd Prize
Seventh IHS, International Haiku Competition 2015


Note from the Administrator:

The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the seventh IHS International Haiku Competition. Over 250 haiku by poets from twelve countries/territories were submitted to this year's competition. It was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and judged blindly.

Two poets receive the 3rd Prize: Ernest J. Berry and Debbie Strange

"A terrific poem, Debbie! And the first ever Canadian prize-winner in our competition. Congratulations!"

—Anthony



Hedgerow Poems, Number 56, November 2015

The Artistry of Rust




The Peeling Sky





Hedgerow Poems, Number 55, November 2015




Frameless Sky, Issue 3, December 2015

water striders
clouds cross-stitched
to the pond


dark-eyed junco
how could i have forgotten
the depth of yours . . .


twilit pasture
mares' tails brush
the hay moon


soap bubbles
drops of sun carried
on the wind

Eucalypt, Issue 19, December 2015

the bickering
of jays in evergreens
this morning
a new blue feather
in my father's cap

Edge, British Haiku Society Members' Anthology 2015

storm's landfall
another relationship
goes off the rails

Brass Bell, December 2015

moonlit lake
I brush the silver
from your hair

Gnarled Oak, Issue 5, November 2015




Blithe Spirit, Vol. 25, Number 4, November 2015

split chrysalis
all the ways we learn
to become small


snowswept
my sharp edges soften
overnight

Akitsu Quarterly, Winter 2015

frost shards
splinter the air
winter prisms


snowy sky
we cross the bridge
into winter





Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ribbons, Volume 11, Number 3, Fall 2015

Going Back


big sky morning
ancestral homesteads
felled by wind
hollow bones whistling
songs I used to know

barrelling
down washboard roads
between fields
plumes of the past lingering
on all I left behind

at day's end
light beams splintering
across shorn fields
on this moonless night
I, too, am camouflaged

NeverEnding Story, November 2015

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu


night drive . . .
a deer leaps over
the moon


Gems, July 2014


Chen-ou's comments:

A moment is keenly captured in Debbie's poem, whose thematic concern is counter to that of the "roadkill" haiku we often read in the journals.

Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine, 2015

antelope
the humming of wind
in barbed wire

Honourable Mention
2015 World Haiku Competition


blue sea glass
a man of war decays
in the sun

Honourable Mention
2015 World Haiku Competition


Comments from Judge Alan Summers:

Five brilliant haiku receiving honourable mentions, from an imaginative use of parentheses during a time of heavy snow; to storm clouds that may be inside a tulip; an antelope that is the hum of the wind in barbed wire; to the blue filtered light as a man of war decays; to the iconic tumbleweed where perhaps it wishes to ride the now defunct railway line possibly by a long gone ghost town.

These are astonishing honourable mentions all worthy of winning competitions in their own right.

Frogpond, Vol. 38:3, Autumn 2015

stone cairns
a faded cap drifts
downriver

1st Place
2015 Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest


Comments from Judges George Dorsty and Tom Painting:

Take our first-place winner "stone cairns" for example: In ancient times piled rocks were called "stone men." So cairns can also be seen as human effigies. In our time, cairns are mostly used to mark trails for hikers. But what of the faded cap drifting down the river? On a symbolic level, the hat is to the cairn's permanence what the river is to transience. As the philosopher Heraclitus said, "You can't step in the same river twice." So the human-made trail markers are contrasted to the meanderings of the river, which is part of the natural world.

The success of the haiku "stone cairns" lies in the contrast between the permanent and the transient. The hat reminds us that human beings, while we may appear permanent, like the "stone men," are really transient and always changing like the river. This comes close to interpretation of the poem, but we must remember that for the poet the connection was "felt" rather than reasoned. Her/his task was to place the three—cairns, river, and faded cap—in juxtaposition so that we as readers might be able to make the same felt connection. And, maybe that's enough. The rest, as Shakespeare said in another context, is "dross."

Note: 657 poems were submitted to the contest

Brass Bell, November 2015

sunrise sunflower heads dangling a charm of finches

Bangor Haiku Group, 2015

in cupped hands
the harvest moon rests
for a moment

1st Place
2015 Autumn Moon Contest

Atlas Poetica, Number 23, October 2015

Nearly There


I told them I was dead, but not a single person there believed me . . .

the sign said
turn back, road ends here
I waken
from a brief sojourn
in another realm


Encrypted


Somehow, it seems that I am always the last to know . . .

a crow scrawls
asemic messages
between clouds
I could never read
the writing on your walls


Weapons of Mass Destruction


I was incredibly naive to think that you would be my only enemy . . .

how deadly
these red lily beetles
in my garden
after a swift attack
only fallen soldiers

Asahi Haikuist Network, November 2015

merlot moon
fires burn somewhere
close tonight

Thursday, October 29, 2015

NeverEnding Story, October 2015

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu


when I began
to lose my hair
I wove
a shirt of myself
for your shroud


Presence 49, February 2014


Chen-ou's Comments:

Elegantly and sparsely written, this tanka conveys a depth of emotion most readers won't forget. The last two lines lift the poem up a notch.

Skylark, Vol 3, Number 2, Winter 2015

Totems


When I live on the prairie, I long for the sea. When I live by the water, I yearn for the land. I am always living either half-empty or half-full, my totem selves pulling me in opposite directions.


my weathered skin
crusted with salt and dirt
the aftertaste
of this life and the last
where do I go from here







World Haiku Association, September 2015

134th Monthly Haiga Contest

Award of Excellence, WHAC8 Commemorative Haiga Contest






World Haiku Association, October 2015

135th Monthly Haiga Contest





VerseWrights, 2015




TanshiArt, 2015





Presence, Number 53, October 2015

she carries
the weight of a curl
in her locket
all that remains
of their still-born son

Modern Haiku, Vol 46.3, Autumn 2015

cabbage whites
shreds of the letter
I never sent

Haiku Canada Review, Vol 9, Number 2, October 2015

beamed up
headlights point skyward
after the crash


the robins
have taken their leave
and with them
the cracked turquoise shells
of your sunken eyes

GUSTS, Number 22, Fall/Winter 2015

walking through
the garden labyrinth
in reverie
I think of all roads taken
that led from there to here

Gogyoshi Monthly, Issue 1, October 2015

Wraithsong


I am the feathered thing
that passes through you
sinking into you, singing unto you
a familiar plaint echoing
through hollow bones


Wrong Direction


red-zippered welt of road
dead-ends north at desolation
arrows south to desecration
the route unclear, destination unknown
all signs indicate that I am lost


Threshold


anointed by the gush of blood
baptized in the hush of guilt
unchained, unclaimed
I slide out of and into
uncharted waters

Frozen Butterfly, Issue 3, October 2015

Haiku Video Journal on YouTube


sea smoke
gulls fading into mountains
into sky


dry lightning
her mattress scarred
with cigarette burns

Cattails, September 2015

a red canoe
drifts between pines
his last portage


popping open
the sound of summer
caragana pods


crape myrtle
the skinned knees
of small boys


sudden sleet
an owl chick tapping
its egg tooth


lake-light
a line of mergansers
ripples the clouds


old headstones
with mossy shoulders
leaning against
one another's curves
we take comfort here


wishing seeds
cartwheel through warm air
how quiet
this fleeting moment
this belief in miracles

Second Honorable Mention
2015 Fleeting Words Tanka Contest


Comments from the Judge:

Second Honorable Mention goes to Debbie Strange from Canada for this fine tanka. Her choice of words "wishing seeds" and "cartwheel" allow readers wonderful visuals. Once again as in Anne's tanka, the poetic device of repeating a phrase firstly in nature and again in reference to human life, proves to be quite effective.

—Fleeting Words Contest Judge an'ya, USA







Brass Bell, October 2015

love notes
the heart-shaped tracks
of wapiti

Atlas Poetica Special Feature, October 2015

Yin, Yang and Beyond


two-spirited
this (wo)man revered
by one culture
how could (s)he be
so reviled by another




Asahi Haikuist Network, October 2015

snow geese
a chevron tattooed
on the moon

A Hundred Gourds, Issue 4:4, September 2015

apogee moon
in the deep distance
your light
making the least
of every shadow

Acorn, Number 35, Fall 2015

solar flares
a spill of buttercups
in the meadow

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Behind the Tree Line - Haiku Anthology, 2015


Haiku, Acorn, Number 33, Fall 2014




Wild Plum, Issue 1:2, Fall & Winter 2015

Haiga Corner



Haiku, Akitsu Quarterly, Summer 2015


The Bamboo Hut, Autumn 2015

a washboard road
woven between fallow fields
leads me backward
to a past so much smaller
than I had remembered


Irish dancers
their lightning steps flash
emerald-bright
phosphorescent waves
thunder at my feet


wrecking balls
expose long-held secrets
underneath
these crumbling facades
we are masterpieces


painting
my body with woad
I succumb
to the strange allure
of melancholia


scavenging
in the "nuisance ground"
black bears
catching the scent of me
catching the sight of them


note:  "nuisance ground" is a term used for a rubbish dump near a small town


On the Strand


our beach wedding
ribbons of dreams fluttering
from the old boat's mast

the singing sands
on a wind-strummed beach
you murmur my name

wet beach towels
we dance a fandango
in the hot breeze


Akitsu Quarterly, Fall 2015

goldenrod
the morning stiffness
in my spine





Thursday, September 03, 2015

Undertow Tanka Review, Issue 7, September 2015

the x-rays
of my flattened breasts
pressed roses
these black petals etched
with traceries of white


the sweater
mother knit for me
a rainbow
fading at the edges
her evanescent life


when we were girls
there was an unspoken rule
avoid loitering males
why was I ashamed when
he exposed himself to me


dead houseflies
litter my windowsill
blind-sided
not even compound eyes
see the way out of here


gulls nesting
on the cottage roof
fallen feathers
sprouting from my boots
today, my feet have wings


Honourable Mention
Undertow Tanka Review First Tanka Contest, 2015

NeverEnding Story, August 2015

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu


great blue heron . . .
leaning into the mirror
i become still


Cattails, May 2014


Chen-ou's Comments:

There is an analogical relationship subtly established between the great blue heron and the speaker. The description of the speaker's body posture, the mirror, and the state of mind in Ls 2&3 successfully carries symbolic significance.

NeverEnding Story, May 2015

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou-Liu


geese unzip the sky
a snowflake trembles
on your eyelashes


VerseWrights, 2013


Chen-ou's comments:

Debbie's use of the zoom-in technique is effective, and the contrasts between the two parts of the poem open up an interpretative space that allows the reader to co-author the poem.

The Heron's Nest, Vol. 17, Number 3, September 2015

summer camp
children sieve the sky
for tadpoles

Brasss Bell, September 2015

One-Line Haiku Issue


folding unfolding the origami of monarch butterflies

TanshiArt, 2015






Kokako, Number 23, September 2015

cactus flower
a prickle of fear
at the news


sun catcher
the flicker's tail
a yellow fan


a pod of orcas
rubbing bellies on stones
at low tide
another rare wonder
that cannot be explained


Blithe Spirit, Vol. 25, Number 3, August 2015

fool's gold
glitters in the sun
worthless
except for this nugget
my father gave me


in the barn
an old red barber's chair
spins tales
for raggle-taggle sisters
dizzy with summer magic


pink bear scat
the saskatoon berries
no one picked


Cultural Response Poem


music on the wind
an open field blossoms
with flower children


(The Winnipeg Folk Festival
Bird's Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba)

Atlas Poetica, Number 22, August 2015

Foundering


this is how
to make your deathbed
this is the way
you fold transgressions
into hospital corners

this is how
to write your death poem
this is the way
you hold your last breath
when the plug is pulled

Hedgerow Poems, Number 44, August 2015

Part 4 of the Resident Artist Collection...


The Altered Reality Series


I have a lot of fun enhancing my photographs with a variety of digital techniques. This gives me double the creative pleasure and helps to extend the reach of the original works...




Runner-up, British Haiku Society Tanka Awards, 2014/15
Soft Thunder Anthology, 2015




3rd Place, United Haiku and Tanka Society Second Annual "AHA" Awards, 2014
Cattails, May 2014
Forthcoming collection, "A Year Unfolding", from Folded Words in 2016




Moonbathing, Issue 11, Fall/Winter 2014




Honourable Mention, World Tanka Competition, 2013
Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine, October 2013




Undertow Tanka Review, Issue 1, August 2014


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

World Haiku Association, August 2015

133rd Monthly Haiga Contest







World Haiku Association, July 2015

132nd Monthly Haiga Contest







World Haiku Association, June 2014

121st Monthly Haiga Contest









World Haiku Association, July 2014

122nd Monthly Haiga Contest










Hedgerow Poems, Number 43, August 2015

Part 3 of the Resident Artist Collection...


The White Spaces Series


I love the sense of mystery surrounding white spaces in art. These iPad sketches are not meant to be realistic portrayals, but rather, a means for the viewer to fill in the blanks...





Gems, An Anthology of Haiku, Senryu and Sedoka, 2014



Red Lights, Volume 11, Number 2, June 2015



Sketch only, Winner of The Heron's Nest 2014 Illustration Contest (front cover)
Haiga published in Cattails, September 2014



Ribbons, Volume 10, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2014




Honourable Mention, Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, Tokutomi Haiku Contest, 2014



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest, 2015

7th Contest Selected Haiku Collection


rusted gate
old lilacs blooming
for no one


empty nest
on the for sale sign
mourning doves

Hedgerow Poems, Number 42, August 2015

Part 2 of the Resident Artist Collection...


The Watercolour Series


I am drawn to the serenity of watercolours. These original photographs were digitally manipulated in order to create painterly effects...





Honourable Mention, Haiku Canada Betty Drevniok Award 2015




GUSTS, Number 21, Spring/Summer 2015




A Hundred Gourds, Issue 4:2, March 2015




Atlas Poetica, Number 20, February 2015




Acorn, Number 34, Spring 2015





Monday, August 10, 2015

Hedgerow Poems, Number 41, August 2015

I am grateful to Caroline Skanne for inviting me to be the "resident artist" for the next four weekly issues of hedgerow: a journal of small poems. She has always been supportive of my endeavours, and her editorial and artistic skills in the production of more than 40 issues of this journal are remarkable!


The Glass Series


I am always entranced by the magic of light. In this series of photographs, I tried to capture the play of light through glass in a minimalistic manner...



Bright Stars, Volume 1, January 2014




Inner Art Journal, February 2014




LYNX, Issue 28:3, October 2013




Cattails, September 2014




All the Shells, Tanka Society of America Members' Anthology, 2014