Sunday, September 20, 2015

NeverEnding Story, September 2015

Cool Announcement: A New Release, Warp and Weft, Tanka Threads

My Dear Readers:

I'm happy to share with you this exciting news: NeverEnding Story contributor Debbie Strange just published her first collection of tanka, titled Warp and Weft, Tanka Threads (edited by M. Kei and available in print and ebook at Amazon), which "weaves tanka into short threads of three each, each triptych building into a larger sequence that tells the story of a poet with a raven's eye."

Selected Tanka:

at the stoplight
she squeegees
car windows
her scrawny arms tattooed
with poetry and addiction

my hands
tend the wild roses
upon your grave
in blood and blossoms
I sanctify your name

beneath the roses
these questions:
are you not more than ash
am I not more than rain

riding pillion
my heart
against your back
we unzip the highway
at the velocity of night

moonbeam quills
through our windows
the grammar of shadows
into the poetry of light

at the top
of a ferris wheel
two spiders
spin neon orbs
into the night

a nimbus
around the frost moon
above us
the hushed wings
of a snowy owl

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
phosphorescent waves
thunder at my feet

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

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

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

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
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
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


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