Friday, April 05, 2019

The Heron's Nest, Vol. 21, Number 1, March 2019

heirloom hollyhocks
I still see father kneeling
in a patch of light

The Haiku Foundation, March 2019

Haiku Music Challenge Number 7 - March 4, 2019

The Haiku Foundation chose three of their favourite compositions from the Naviar Records Haiku Music Challenge for the following poem:

transience . . .
petal by petal
we let go

Best Haiku, Canada
2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

The Cicada's Cry: A Micro-Zine of Haiku Poetry, Winter 2018

silent night
the first tick of snow
against our tent

The Cherita, January 2019

Issue: "whisper me free"

snow-lit grove

with chickadees perched
on our palms

you kiss me
softly on my forehead
like a blessing


otters chirp
to each other in passing

even the smallest
moments of grace
sustain me

deserted beach

a tangled fort
of burnished driftwood

empty now,
except for shadows
and possibilities

I cast the runes

in search of something

they tell me
I must learn to make
my own magic

A Cherita Lighthouse Award

The Cherita, November 2018

Issue: "snow ghosts" (honoured to have this title taken from my cherita)

snow ghosts

across the tundra

we reveal ourselves
to each other
a little at a time

The Bamboo Hut, Spring 2019

fog settles eventually all things become nothing

morning chill
two ladybirds trimmed
with pearls

the blue hour . . .
you slipped away
without a sound

a lodestar
glistens above
our bow
we follow the light
into breaking dawn

grief rides my back

like a cowboy
on a rank horse

spurs dug deep
into the flanks
of memory

Seashores - An International Journal to Share the Spirit of Haiku, Vol. 2, April 2019

I skip a pebble across
the universe

Ribbons, Volume 15, Number 1, Winter 2019

the winter of my life

a mosaic of leaves
between seasons
like frayed memories

I skate backward
through the rag-ends
of childhood,
a warm potato
in each mitten

My thanks to Pamela Babusci who mentioned the following poem in her Tanka Journey feature in this issue:

a halo around
the long night moon . . .
I find
another strand
of mother's light

10th Annual Moonbathing Contest

A Hole in the Light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018

a wasp nest
unwinds in the wind . . .
letters from home

Presence, Number 62, November 2018

Red Lights, Vol. 15, Number 1, January 2019

I bandage
my sister's wounds
with rose petals,
crooning our mantra . . .
all will soon be well

in with the new

shorn fields
scintillate with frost
in the shadows
where antelope lie

we wait
for lake-effect snow
on the verge
of knowing something
that hasn't happened yet

winter camping
in the high country
I have been
too long without this
kinship of mountains

a phoenix
of northern lights rises
above the prairie . . .
bird without feathers,
song without sound

fat clusters
of snowflakes drift
toward earth
I wonder where life
will take us next year

Prune Juice, Issue 27, March 2019

Presence, Number 63, March 2019

glacial striation the omega wolf's many scars

flash freeze
an otter oozes down
the bank

star-nosed mole
we search for light
in dark places

ripe lemons
from a roadside stand
this afternoon
I will serve my old friend
an ice-cold glass of sun

NeverEnding Story, March 2019

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu:

she is suspended
between here and gone
a cobweb
catching the light
of this moth-winged life

A Hundred Gourds, 4:1, December 2014

Chen-ou Liu's comments:

Evaluated in the thematic context of this existential angst that manifests in Ls 1&2, the visually striking image in Ls 3-5 adds emotional weight and philosophical depth to the tanka.

Life is a frail moth flying caught in the web of the years that pass. (Sara Teasdale)

Naviar Records - Haiku Music Challenge 268, 2019

Featured haiku February 20, 2019:

Please enjoy the music created in response to my haiku:

transience . . .
petal by petal
we let go

Best Haiku, Canada
2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

Modern Haiku, Vol. 50.1, Winter-Spring 2019

leaf decay
deep shadows lit
by ladybugs

Kokako, Number 30, April 2019

savannah a dazzle of zebras kicking up moondust

limestone lake
sunlight changes the way
we look at things

vernal equinox . . .
rare snow snakes begin
to slither
from every branch until
only wet shadows remain

Human/Kind Journal, Issue 1.4, April 2019

Human/Kind Journal, Issue 1.3, March 2019

Found Poetry Issue

Human/Kind Journal, Issue 1.2, February 2019

Hedgerow Poems, Number 126, Winter 2019

Haiku Canada Review, Vol. 13, Number 1, February 2019

washboard road every now and again not

the healing balm
of new-fallen snow . . .
we crawl
into our quinzhee
and light a candle

Haigaonline, Vol. 20, Issue 1, Spring 2019

The Fire Challenge - Burning Fields Issue

Golden Triangle Haiku Contest 2019

Judges' Favourites:

wind gusts
the sudden chimes
of flag poles

Comments: This year we received nearly 2,000 entries from 50 countries and 41 states, and the District of Columbia...

Frogpond, Vol. 42.1, Winter 2019

wind-spun petals again my thoughts lead nowhere

steep gorge . . .
our voices spill across
the ages

#FemkuMag: An E-Zine of Women's Haiku - Issue 10, March 2019

labyrinth i walk into and out of myself

3rd Place Senryu, 2018 San Francisco International Competition

circles of lichen
I thought we would have
more time

3rd Place, 2018 Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest

split chrysalis
all the ways we learn
to become small

Museum of Haiku Literature Award, Blithe Spirit 26.1, 2016

transience . . .
petal by petal
we let go

Winner, 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

come quickly

the dandelion clocks
are running out of time

if we can make
a few more wishes,
father might come home

HM, 2018 Frameless Sky Mad About Cherita Contest

the growth rings
of otoliths and trees . . .
when did she
become smaller
than her daughters

2nd Place, 2017 United Haiku and Tanka Society Fleeting Words Tanka Contest

tracks of birds
meander through snow . . .
the surgeon
marks her left breast
with a cross

1st Place, 2016 British Haiku Society Tanka Awards

#FemkuMag: An E-Zine of Women's Haiku - Issue 9, February 2019

ultrasound butterflies instead of a baby


a new year
how long before I stop
missing you

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 4, Issue 40, April 2019

Retrospective Issue

Thank you to Mike Rehling, the editor, for selecting this hagia and for his lovely comments below:

Debbie is a master at haiga. I don't know what the diagnosis is she is referring to, or if the poet is the one who has received it, but I do believe that dragonfly is indeed lucky for them. As least I want to believe it. The hints of color in the dragonfly may just be the poet's way of conveying her own feelings about the situation and imbuing the dragonfly with her own hope.

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 4, Issue 39, March 2019

Daily Haiga: An Edited Journal of Traditional and Contemporary Haiga, February 2019

Featured Artist: February 9, 2019

Note: tanka first published by GUSTS 27, Spring/Summer 2018

Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, Number 44, March 2019

windblown seeds
refugees try to cross
the border

neon lights
a cardboard roof
sags with snow

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 29, Number 1, February 2019

the withered garden
blooms with light

we drive deep
into the night

a waterfall
frozen in time . . .
I brush
mother's hair until
she falls asleep

types of snowflakes . . .
no one told me
that they would
all taste the same

Note: this issue also contains my selections and commentary for the Museum of Haiku Literature Award

Australian Haiku Society, 2019

Autumn Equinox Haiku String - March 21, 2019

backyard campout . . .
we fall asleep counting
the ghosts of stars

the flash
of a stranger's smile . . .
sun shower

office tower . . .
a peregrine nests outside
my window

Atlas Poetica, Number 36, February 2019


glissading down
steep mountainsides . . .
we are horses
with our snowy tails
streaming in the wind

every year
winter casts its spell . . .
like children,
we are bewitched anew
by the signature of snow

the length of night

yet again,
sleep eludes me . . .
an owl and I
ponder the eternal
question of identity

insomnia . . .
mice at play
the thin walls
of my dreams


we brew tea
from the dark leaves
of cat's whiskers
but first, you tickle me
with their stamens

we chase
each other across
cloud shadows,
nothing under our feet
but this prairie sky

we once played
in this tangled garden,
by the quiet fireworks
of bergamot and butterflies

The Mamba, Issue 7 - Africa Haiku Network, March 2019

a painted fan
the peacock rattles
its tailfeathers

the length
of a giraffe's tongue . . .
acacia thorns