Monday, July 22, 2019

World Tanka Competition, Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine, 2019

contest theme: "love"

crafted with love,
this table you made
from ash trees
planted for the children
we never had

Honourable Mention
2019 World Tanka Competition

Iris - The International Haiku Contest on the Theme of the Gourds, 2019

Translated into Croatian

prize pumpkins
our hayrack buckles
with light

Honourable Mention

Note: There were 262 entries to the contest, and the results will be published in IRIS International Haiku Magazine, No. 13, 2019.

Skylark, Vol. 7, Number 1, Summer 2019

a century ago,
the Iolaire foundered . . .
my cousin's paintings
bring those who were lost
home to their families

Note: My cousin, Margaret Ferguson, an artist and doctor living on the Isle of Lewis, painted over 100 commemorative portraits of the men who perished in the Iolaire tragedy on New Year's Day, 1919.

here, and yet, not quite

a ghost train
of fog skims across
the lake . . .
at our next visit,
I hope you will know me

for a moment,
two waterspouts dance
across the lake . . .
I still feel your hand
on the small of my back

Note: In a review of Stacking Stones: An Anthology of Short Tanka Sequences (editor M. Kei), Jenny Ward Angyal makes mention of the following tanka from my sequence 'lightfall':

black swans
softening the edges
of my darkness
I gather threads of light
unspooling in their wake

Jenny goes on to say:

'Threads of light' run throughout the wonderful variety of voices and styles, content and form to be found in this volume, as poets explore the labyrinth of human life, erecting as they go small monuments of words to mark the way.

The Haiku Foundation, re: Virals, June 2019

re: Virals 198 - June 21, 2019

The Haiku Foundation's weekly poem commentary feature on some of the finest haiku ever written English. This week's poem was chosen by Dave Read (thank you, Dave):

stone cairns
a faded cap drifts

1st Place
2015 Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest

The Cherita, April 2019

Issue: "a warm night"

a soundscape

of migrating geese
and falling acorns

you still reside
here in the autumn
of my heart

walking arm in arm

our hems drenched
in morning dew

we are silent
in our appreciation
of this shimmering world

Stardust Haiku, Issue 30, June 2019

the sun and I
stand still

Human/Kind Journal, Issue 1.6, June 2019

Special issue dedicated to found poetry from the works of Mary Oliver

Note: this cherita was culled from Mary Oliver's "Death at a Great Distance"

Prune Juice, Issue 28, July 2019

Poetry Pea, 2019

The Haiku Pea Podcast:

Season 2, Episode 14 - "Talking Trees", July 15, 2019

a squabble of crows
in the larch

A Hundred Gourds, Issue 5.1, December 2015

the last drop
of father's cologne . . .
evergreen rain

Frogpond, Vol. 42, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2019

mossy log
a ruffed grouse drums
up the dawn

Note: In his essay, "Owls", Charles Trumbull makes mention of the following haiku which was published in Kokako 27, September 2017:

fog hangs in the hollow a nest of owlets

Fresh Out: An Arts and Poetry Collective, July 2019

Frameless Sky, Issue 10, June 2019

passing train how quickly we forget our promises

demolition . . .
sunlight where shade
used to be

rose hip tea . . .
the dawn steeped
in birdsong

Honoured to be the "Take the Challenge" winner with the following artwork chosen by David Terelinck to accompany his featured haiku:

#FemKuMag: An E-zine of Women's Haiku - Issue 13, June 2019

"This issue is dedicated to every woman who's suffered, whether it be emotionally, mentally, physically, or sexually, to the women who supported us during our trauma and healing process, and to every woman fighting for her right to be human. May we stand tall for those who can't always get up."

we must not speak
of this

3rd Place, 2017 Penumbra Haiku Competition

lilac buds
no one notices
the bruises

Haiku Canada Review 10.1, 2016

her first boyfriend's
hard slap
some of our memories
are burning brands

Bright Stars Tanka Anthology 5, 2014

he gasps
at the ragged scars
upon my back
remnants of that night
they tore off my broken wings

The Bamboo Hut 1.3, 2014

at the corner
of poverty and despair
an Indigenous girl
is found in the river
I weep, I weep

Neon Graffiti: Tanka Poetry of Urban Life, 2016

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 4, Issue 43, July 2019

Daily Haiku, Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog, July 2019

labyrinth i walk into and out of myself

3rd Place Senryu
San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu and Tanka 2018

Australian Haiku Society, 2019

Winter Solstice 2019 AHS Haiga Kukai: Seasonal Entry

snow on snow
the widening circles
of enlightenment

Winter Solstice 2019 AHS Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal Entry

the time we meant
to make

(Note: these haiku were written in response to artwork by Ron Moss)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

NeverEnding Story, June 2019

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu:

mute swans
under a moon bridge
the things
I should have confessed
make no difference now

1st Place
2016 Fleeting Words Tanka Contest

Chen-ou Liu's comments: (excerpted from the judge, an'ya's commentary)

"...Selected for the first place in this competition, is this tanka by a well known author from Canada, Debbie Strange. Smoothly composed, the words "mute swans" in line 1 and "under a moon bridge" in line 2 starts it off beautifully. Debbie creates a distinct pause before she goes into lines 3 and 4 which juxtapose with a human relationship. This tanka then finally spills over to line 5, in a flowing crescendo and the moment of closure. Simple images, and straightforward words make this tanka work for anyone and everyone who reads it..."

The Haiku Foundation, Haiku Dialogue Week 21, June 2019

"What's at Hand" prompts by Craig Kittner: a broken shell

beach drift . . .
we mend the cracked wings
of angels

The Haiku Foundation, Haiku Dialogue Week 19, June 2019

"What's at Hand" prompts by Craig Kittner: a fallen leaf

unmarked grave . . .
a thousand red maples
offer their leaves

Modern Haiku, Vol. 50.2, Summer 2019

golden hour
wood ducks whistle
us to the edge

Moonbathing, Issue 20, Spring/Summer 2019

seeps through the fog . . .
we can't find
our footing on this bridge
already crossed

Hedgerow Poems, Number 127, Spring 2019

Le Prix Jocelyne-Villeneuve, Haiku Canada 2019

Honoured to have the following watercolour featured on Le Prix Jocelyne-Villeneuve Haiku Canada trifold announcing the winners of the contest!

At the Water's Edge, Haiku Canada Members' Anthology 2019

circles of lichen
I thought we would have
more time

Haigaonline, June 2019

Summer Gallery:

Monostich Imaginings

As an avid practitioner of the haikai arts, I am always striving to find new ways of expressing myself concisely and creatively. The brevity of the monostich/monoku form challenges me to distill my imaginings down to their essence. Working in this minimalistic genre fosters a sense of fluidity in my writing, which in turn, inspires me to be open to experimentation. The fanciful illustrations accompanying these poems were composed on my iPad.

Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, Number 45, June 2019

mountain range
the shafts of light
between us

kelp forest
sunrays stroke
a diver's back

street vendors
the smoky taste
of summer

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 29, Number 2, May 2019

prairie spring
a fogbow spans
the coulee

needles of rain
puffballs release
their spores

wavering veils
of snow geese in transit
remind me
of the way life comes
together . . . falls apart

knocking down
these walls between us
we discover
a collection of small,
imperfect skeletons

a dolphin
found on Jupiter
just when
I thought that life
had lost its magic

note: this issue also contains my commentaries as judge of the 2018 British Haiku Society Awards for tanka

Bleached Butterfly Magazine, Volume 1:1, June 2019

Honoured to have four haiga chosen for the inaugural issue!

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, 2:2, Spring-Summer 2019

moon bridge
I row through a circle
of light

wild mushrooms
the scent of earth roots me
to home

Akitsu Quarterly, Summer 2019

streetlamps flicker
the nightjars we might
have seen

storm surge
the ribs of an old boat
rise and fall

notes: "storm surge" was published incorrectly, without the words "old boat", and the haiga was printed in black and white

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Santoka: Haiku Poetry Lovers Association - 2nd International Haiku and Haiga Contest, 2019

Honoured to have this work translated into Serbian and exhibited at the Bartcelona Gallery in Belgrade, Serbia.

Highly Commended

The Haiku Foundation: The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems, 2018

There were 800 plus nominations, and I'm honoured that two of my haiku were included in the shortlist of 31 poems! Thank you to those editors and individuals who nominated my work.

fallow fields a light dusting of snow geese

Mariposa 39

peat bog
the spreading fire
of cloudberries

Shamrock 40

The Haiku Foundation, EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration, April 2019

Theme: Year of Indigenous Languages

open market
we taste the sound
of other languages

The Mamba, Issue 4, 2017

talking drums every song we know by heart

Hedgerow Poems, Issue 121, 2017

The Haiku Foundation, Per Diem, June 2019

Selected by Dave Read for the theme of "Parents and Their Kids: June 3, 2019

the droop
of mother's smile

Haiku Canada Review, October 2017

The Haiku Foundation, Per Diem, May 2019

Selected by Marietta McGregor for the theme of "Wearable": May, 2019

the sky ripens . . .
snow stars
decorate your sweater

Under the Basho, 2017

The Haiku Foundation, HaikuLife Film Festival 2019

These haiga videos are comprised of previously published poems to celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day, an initiative of the Haiku Foundation, held April 17, 2019.

Infinite Possibilities

(with recitation)

Life Flows By

(video taken in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba)

life flows by
in a murmuration
of days . . .
my shape has changed,
but I still know who I am

(tanka published in Blithe Spirit 28.1, May 2018)