Thursday, June 07, 2018

Kaji Aso Studio, 30th Annual Haiku Contest 2018

circles of lichen
I thought we would have
more time

Third Place

Daily Haiga: An Edited Journal of Traditional and Contemporary Haiga, May 2018

Featured Artist: May 1 - 17, 2018

I often use my photographs as the inspiration for writing short form poetry, and for making art in a variety of media (watercolour, ink, digital). During the creative process, I strive to produce images that enhance and expand the scope of my small poems, either implicitly or explicitly. After the hard work of writing haiku and tanka is done, I reward myself with the joy and freedom of making haiga, my favourite form of artistic expression!

Note: poem publication credits appear in the Daily Haiga archives.

The Haiku Foundation, HaikuLife Film Festival 2018

These haiga videos are comprised of previously published poems (with recitation) to celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day, an initiative of The Haiku Foundation, held April 17, 2018.

Watercoloured Words


a ragged curl
of birch bark fluttering
in the sun
even our smallest wounds
become limned with light

(tanka published in Red lights 11.1, 2015)

Becoming Water

listening deeply to the poetry of water i become a wave

(tanshi published in The Bamboo Hut Press, 2015)

The Haiku Foundation, Haiku Windows, May 2018

Windows prompt and selections by Kathy Munro - May 2, 2018

children's hospital
the window cleaner
dons his cape

The Haiku Foundation, re: Virals, May 2018

re: Virals 140 - May 18, 2018

The Haiku Foundation's weekly poem commentary feature on some of the finest haiku ever written in English. This week's poem was chosen by Mary Hanrahan:

cloudless sky
a pelican's pouch
full of light

Editors' Choices, The Heron's Nest 18.2 (June 2016)

The Haiku Foundation, Per Diem, April 2018

Selected by Jennifer Hambrick for April 26, 2018

porch swing
songs where we least
expect them

Modern Haiku, Volume 48.3, Autumn 2017

The Haiku Foundation, EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration, April 2018

Theme:  Year of the Bird

glassy lake
flocks of snow geese
pull up the moon

1st Place, 2017 Autumn Moon Haiku Contest

cormorants . . .
we open our arms
to the sun

3rd Place, 2018 Jane Reichhold International Prize

snowy field
the owls we thought
were stones

Honourable Mention, 2017 9th Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition

last campout . . .
sandhill cranes call down
the northern lights

Honourable Mention, 2017 Robert Spiess Haiku Award

the whistle
of a wood duck . . .
her last breath

Honourable Mention, 2015 Betty Drevniok Award

the curve
of an avocet's bill . . .
sickle moon

Editor's Choice, Cattails (April 2017)

cloudless sky
a pelican's pouch
full of light

Editors' Choices, The Heron's Nest 18.2 (June 2016)

Unsealing Our Secrets, 2018

A Short Poem Anthology About Sexual Abuse - Women and Men Speak out - #MeToo

Alexis Rotella: Curator/Editor

Individual Tanka

a stranger's
snake hands fondle me
at the festival . . .
not even starshine
can light this darkness

stifling summer . . .
in this house of women,
we are inhibited
by the voyeur who lurks
beyond our open windows

a car filled
with catcalling men
follows me . . .
I long to walk alone
in the sweet evening air

office party . . .
the newly fallen snow
beckons me
away from searching eyes
and tongues and hands

a man leans
against the school fence
u n z i p p e d
I look up and pretend
to see a bird

The Cherita: Your Storybook Journal, Volume 1, Number 9, February 2018

Issue: "autumn deepens"

from open hands

the petals and leaves
on which I wrote your name

fall, one by one
behind me . . .
this is the way home

A Cherita Lighthouse Award

The Cherita: Your Storybook Journal, Volume 1, Number 10, March 2018

Issue: "now I listen"

it has been so long

since we last spoke
of anything at all

my questions drift
into the ether, and even clouds
don't know the answers

a new year

we will put the past
behind us

perhaps these
winter birds have come
to save us from ourselves

Stardust Haiku, Issue 17, May 2018

summer solstice
on the badger's back
a stripe of moon

Prune Juice, Issue 24, May 2018

This "peace lily" haiga was created in memory of a beloved haiku poet, Johnny Baranski (1948-2018):

The Heron's Nest, Vol. 20, Number 2, June 2018

we lean into the songs
of blackbirds

Hedgerow Poems - Vines, Issue 2, May 2018

Hedgerow Poems, Number 123, Spring 2018

Print Edition

lazy day dragonfly dreaming in the hammock

Mariposa, Number 38, Spring/Summer 2018

mother poses
with my older sisters
in the field
I am there, too,
but still invisible

wild roses
cascade over the gate
to our past
holding hands, we step
backward into childhood

A Far Galaxy, Haiku Canada Members' Anthology 2018

atlas moth
the places we thought
we'd go

Honourable Mention
2017 Jane Reichhold International Prize

Haigaonline, Vol. 19, Issue 1, Spring 2018

The Tree Challenge - Spring Grove Issue

Gnarled Oak, Issue 15, April 2018

Gift of Silence: A Haiku Tribute to Leonard Cohen, 2018

glassy lake
flocks of snow geese
pull up the moon

1st Place
2017 Autumn Moon Haiku Contest

Eucalypt, Issue 24, May 2018

rain chains
singing in our garden
calla lilies
open their pink mouths
to cup the hymn of spring

Ephemerae, Volume 1A, April 2018

the thin edge
between night and day
wild poppies

travel hostel
we unpack a pair
of ladybirds


I kneel
upon frost-rimed grass,
a song
nestled in the church
of my cupped hands

we are kin
to birds of passage
in far-flung places,
never quite at home

Daily Haiku, Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog, May 2018

rimed fence
the cattle and wind
change direction

Honourable Mention
British Haiku Society Awards, 2017

cormorants . . .
we open our arms
to the sun

Third Place
Jane Reichhold International Prize, 2018

frozen trough
I cup the warm breath
of my horse

First Place
7th Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest, 2018

Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, Number 41, June 2018

a dry spring
old stones blossom
in the field

Butterfly Dream: 66 Selected English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku, Vol. 4, 2018

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu

cloudless sky
a pelican's pouch
full of light

Editors' Choices, The Heron's Nest, 18:2, June 2016

rocky ledge
a wolf with the moon
in its mouth

Third Place, 7th International Irish Haiku Society Haiku Competition, 2015

Atlas Poetica, Number 32, May 2018

Tanka Sequences

shadows call to me

I walk
into the break of day
by sparrowsong
and your shadow

slanted light
caresses the ruins
at eventide
shadows call to me,
but I do not answer

the dark side

a portent
of dangerous times
anvil clouds
press the setting sun
under water

rainbow flares
of nacreous clouds
we are
easily seduced
by the dark side of beauty


farm auction . . .
we have nothing
left to lose
except these thistles
rooted in our hearts

rumours echoed
through the streets
of our town
nothing to do but  run
and we are running, still

the surest way

water reeds
trail from the paddles
of a bull moose
it is moments like this
that make me whole

of spirit bears lead me
to water
following a river
is the surest way home

Individual Kyoka

ladies who lunch . . .
two white-tailed deer
daintily sample
the fresh salad bar
in my garden cafe

Individual Tanka

you who were
made of brilliance
thank you
for the theory
of everything

(for Stephen Hawking)

Asahi Haikuist Network, April 2018

anniversary . . .
the necks of two swans
shape a heart

Acorn, Number 40, Spring 2018

frosty pasture
a small boy admires
the cow pies