Sunday, April 30, 2023

World Haiku Association, Number 19, 2023

Translated into Japanese

a deep chasm
this yearning
for an echo

sea shanties
a sailor's beard dripping
with icicles

pressed flowers
the meadow I will give you
this winter

Note: these haiku previously appeared in Akitsu Quarterly 

Wales Haiku Journal, Spring 2023

earth day all these tree-hugging squirrels

spring roundup
light drips off the rim
of a wrangler's hat

Tsuri-doro: A Small Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Issue #15, May/June 2023

the day passes by
in a blur

The Take 5ive Journal, April 2023

Theme: Earth Day

earth's forests,
the guardians of breath . . .
we hold
them hostage against
our better nature

Suspect Device Punkzine, Number 11, April 2023

Turning Japanese: The Great Depression

My thanks to the editor, Tim Gardiner, for nominating the following poem for a Touchstone Award:

my breath becomes part
of the gale

Stardust Haiku, Issue 76, April 2023

the cowlicks
that won't be tamed . . .

Presence, Number 75, March 2023

threshing crew
the sun falls down
a gopher hole

a barn spider ties up
loose ends of light

a tall ship
at anchor in this bay
its furled sails
have fallen out of love
with the fickle wind

Kokako, Number 38, April 2023

change in the weather these clouds of consternation

our cottage
becomes a boat . . .

peeled plums
the mandala I make
with their stones

the older brother
we nearly had . . .
empty silo

barred owls
roost in the forest
dark eyes
conceal mysteries
too old for solving


GUSTS, Number 37, Spring/Summer 2023

flash floods
through sculpted canyons
hikers bathe
their feet in the ochre
of ephemeral rivers

dark clouds
lurking over this field
of sunflowers . . .
there is more light here
than we will ever need

Haiga in Focus, Issue 60, May 2023

Curated by Claudia Brefeld

Translated into German


Enchanted Garden Haiku Journal, Issue 1, April 2023

Translated into Romanian

theme: Traditions

homecoming train
we leave the winter

Daily Haiga: An Edited Journal of Traditional and Contemporary Haiga, April 2023

Featured Artist: April 7, 2023 

Note: this tanka was first published in GUSTS 33, 2021

Swirling Haiku Challenge - Consulate General of Japan in Toronto, 2023

The following haiga was presented online for the Swirling Haiku Challenge:

Chrysanthemum, Number 30, April 2023

Translated into German


Angel House Press: National Poetry Month, April 2023

Honoured to have the following asemic haiga chosen by the curator, Amanda Earl, for this feature on April 19, 2023!

Artist's Statement:

This asemic piece was inspired by my aunt's long struggle with the aftermath of a stroke, and by my fascination with mark making. Aphasia is a disorder that impacts the ability to communicate. It affects speech, as well as the capacity to understand the spoken and written word.

The Ogham Alphabet is an early medieval alphabet, sometimes known as the Celtic Tree Alphabet. It was not a spoken language, but rather, comprised of marks (characters) running along and across a central vertical line, and often engraved on standing stones.

Asemic writing is wordless, so I used this technique to illustrate the connection between the themes.

A Fine Line: The Magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society, Autumn 2023

forgotten grave
only the small bones
of leaves remain

2020 Polish International Haiku Competition

dandelion seeds
I smooth mother's hair
across the pillow

2018 Yamadera Basho Haiku Contest

Thursday, April 06, 2023

The British Haiku Society Awards, 2022

Thrilled to receive the following awards:

at the moment
I became motherless
brushed against me
softer than a feather

Winner, The Linda Jeannette Ward Tanka Award

Judge's comments:

This tanka shimmers with meaning. The essence of life hovers here, unspoken, unknown, implied, certain and resonant. This moment lingers, remains unforgettably, unexplained in our lives, our memory, touching us again and again, mothering us, and spurring on our creativity and a poetic sense of wonder. Beautifully shaped and expressed. This is what I wish for in tanka. Meaning, mystery and subtle magic.

—Kath Abela Wilson

skinny-dipping the moon snail's umbilicus

Runner-up, The David Cobb Haiku Award

Judge's comments:

There is something so regenerative about stripping down for a skinny dip in the moonlight! Once again, we have identification with nature, this time carried out in a more disjunctive fashion. The mention of "umbilicus" alludes to the process of birth and, in its turn, rebirth. Experiencing this piece, I feel the night air and its magic, the snail as mother. Any piece able to elicit this kind of ecstasy within its reader is, in my estimation, an extremely well-crafted ku.

—Kelly Moyer

(note: there were 437 haiku entries and 196 tanka entries)

Snapshot Press, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2023

Award Runner-up, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2023 (for May)

Publication - The Haiku Calendar 2024 (Snapshot Press, 2023)

spring breeze
a porcupette's quills
begin to stiffen

Geppo, Volume XLVII.2, May 2022

Talking About Strawberries All of the Time, Issue 10, April 2023

Thrilled to have the following collage selected for this issue:

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Haiga Spring Ginko Celebration, March 2023

Delighted to have the following haiga included in the YTHS Haiga Spring Ginko Celebration slideshow: