Thursday, August 11, 2022

Drifting- Sands-Haibun, Issue 16, July 2022

Thrilled to receive two of ten awards for haiku and tanka in the Monuments Contest No. 1, in memory of Rachel Sutcliffe. My thanks to the judges, Richard Grahn and Christopher Seep (who provided his inspiring photographs)!

a meadowlark sings
me out of myself

First Place Haiku

rain's unkept promise
crops wither
in the dust of dreams
passed down to me

First Place Tanka

Also delighted that the following haiga was chosen for this issue's cover:

(Note: this haiku received a Haiku Laureate Award in the 2021 Hexapod Contest)

Our Best Haiga: Black & White Haiga/Haisha, August 2022

 Curated by Lavana Kray

August 10, 2022

(note: this haiku was first published in the Haiku Canada Review 11.2, 2017)

Viewing Stone Association of North America, August 2022

Feature: Poems, Prose, and Paintings


Wales Haiku Journal, Summer 2022

artificial reef
an eagle ray flies
from room to room

the silk tunnel
of a webspinner . . .

alpine trail
the breath
we give away

Stardust Haiku, Issue 67, July 2022

forest meditation
the whispersongs
of Canada jays

Scarlet Dragonfly Journal, July 2022

July 27, 2022


Presence, Number 73, July 2022

 a scavenging of gulls this bickering over the dead

komorebi . . .
you are still with me
in this moment

(note: komorebi - sunlight filtering through trees)

a rusty camper
peeks through barn doors . . .
so many adventures
still waiting for the time
we never seem to have

Haiga in Focus, Issue 52, August 2022

 Curated by Claudia Brefeld

Translated into German

Frogpond, Vol. 45, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2022

the sheen
of mermaid's toenails . . .
another oil slick

(note: mermaid's toenails are shiny mollusk shells)

Lineage (a split ku sequence with Christine Villa's work in italics)

family ties

    it always
    winds down to you
    summer river

the horizontal roots

    time capsule
    we pry the lid off
    our youth

of rubber trees

    tire swing
    our laughter brighter
    than the sun

Dwarf Stars 2022 - The Very Best Short Speculative Poems Published in 2021

Honoured to have the following monoku chosen for this anthology. It is one of 120 works selected from 1,371 qualifying poems. My thanks to the editors, Adele Gardner and Greer Woodward!

theremin the things we conjure out of thin air

(note: this monoku first appeared in the following haiga in Failed Haiku 6:65, 2021)

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 7, Issue 80, August 2022

My thanks to Kelly Moyer for selecting the following haiga:

Contemporary Haibun Online, Issue 18.2, August 2022

Haiga Gallery: selected by Ron Moss

Brass Bell, August 2022

Theme: water

calving glacier
i decide when
to let

(note: this haiku first appeared as a haiga on the cover of Failed Haiku 4:46, 2019)

A Fine Line: The Magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society, Winter 2022

northern lights
the blur of scarves
as skaters pass

Zatsuei Haiku of Merit
2019 R.H. Blyth Award

longer days . . .
I knight my sister
with an icicle

5th Honourable Mention
2018 Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Competition

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Whole Life Soaps Haiku Contest, 2022

Theme: nature's ability to deal with intolerance

Honoured to have the following haiku selected as a "Favourite" (ten haiku chosen from 325 entries) by the judge, William McConnell:

a refugee shelter . . .
clownfish nestle among
sea anemones

Geppo: The Haiku Work-Study Journal of the Yuki Teikei Haku Society, Volume XLV11:2, May 2022

February - April 2022

Honoured to be the featured artist for this issue! Please visit the "Articles/About" tab in this blog to read the feature.






Other work included in this issue:

twilight how purple the dormant butterfly bush

slow thaw
the curling stones
of mallard ducks

paper sunflowers
in the maternity ward . . .
still too soon to say

seasons turn
the way we measure
life expectancy

Spring Challenge Kigo: Spring Breeze (or Spring Wind), harukaze

spring breeze
a porcupette's quills
begin to stiffen

White Enso, Issue 5, July 2022

My thanks to the editor, Linda Gould, for her acceptance of the following haiga sequence based on traditional Japanese seasonal kigo:

spring: willow catkins
summer: sea of clouds
autumn: bird of passage
winter: frost-nipped grass

The Seasons of Sorrow

Friday, July 22, 2022

Under the Basho, 2022

we hang
your threadbare dresses
out to air
the prairie wind waltzes
with you one last time

a meadowlark
spins the morning
into gold . . .
your headstone sinks
deeper every year

I fasten
my broken-down guitar
to the farm gate
nesting bluebirds teach me
an unfamiliar song

Tsuri-doro: A Small Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Issue #10, July/August 2022

we add a layer
to the compost heap . . .
downy woodpecker

Trash Panda: Life in the Anthropocene in 17 Syllables or Less, Volume 1.2, Winter 2021-22

plastic soup
our children inherit
the recipe

Failed Haiku 3:28, 2018