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

3rd Place
Kaji Aso Studio, 30th Annual Haiku Contest, 2018

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)

World Haiku Review, March 2019

The R.H. Blyth Award 2019

northern lights
the blur of scarves
as skaters pass

Zatsuei Haiku of Merit

Monday, June 03, 2019

Tinywords, Issue 19.1, May 2019

Note: this tanka received 1st Place in the 2018 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest

Cattails, April 2019

a white blaze
on the colt's forehead
forked lightning

burst pipes
I've always wanted
an indoor pool

we steer away from
the big issues

a startlement
of waterfowl rises
from the marsh . . .
we gather cattail fluff
as tinder for our fire

a cascade
of silver spills down
the mountain . . .
your fingers tremble
as you unpin my hair

The Cherita, March 2019

Issue: "leaves blown"

in the glade

bathed by
sun and shadow

I kneel
among ancients
breathing, breathing

you are

my wellspring,
my inheld breath

who would I be now
if we had never met
each other's eyes

a troupe

of pink fairy slippers
in forest shade

if only
we could still sway
like flowers in the wind

once a year

on the threshold
of this mountain

we ascend
beyond worldly cares
to take our place among stars

A Cherita Lighthouse Award

Snapshot Press, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2019

Award Runner-up - The Haiku Calendar Competition 2019 (for August)

Publication - The Haiku Calendar 2020 (Snapshot Press 2019)

perched on thistle heads
the rain-streaked sky

first published in The Heron's Nest, Volume 17, Number 3, September 2015

Shamrock Haiku Journal, Readers' Choice Awards, 2018

wild iris
a familiar song
in its throat


(published in issue 40, September 2018)

Poetry Pea, May 2019

The Haiku Pea Podcast:

Series 2, Episode 10 - "Weeds or Wildflowers?", May 20, 2019

autumn wind
my horse's tail scatters
a thousand wishes

Wonderful to hear my words spoken so beautifully by Patricia, the podcast host!

Peonies Haiku Anthology, 2019

Delighted to be included in this international anthology of haiku by women poets, presented in the original languages, plus English and Bulgarian. A thousand thanks to the lovely editor, Iliyana Stoyanova!

Translated into Bulgarian

falling dusk
a swan's neck curves
between stars

a pronghorn outruns
the rain

veined hands . . .
the abandoned eggs
of scribble-larks

OtherWordly Intergalactic Haiku Competition, 2019

Over the moon to have received 1st Place in this contest, as well as four official selections to be included in Idea's forthcoming video game. There were 970 submissions to the contest, which was judged by David Oates, Nicholas M. Sola and Deborah P. Kolodji.

From Idea:

Presenting a cosmic collection of space-themed haiku. In a galaxy of words, the Termarians are desperate to escape the Lexiborgs' grasp. Players ping, zap, and blast their way through quests. When they pause, a space-themed haiku appears out of the cosmos, providing a moment of reflection before returning to orbiting ciphers.

Poets of every species were invited to enter space-themed haiku in the OtherWordly Intergalactic Haiku Competition. The top 40 entries are incorporated into the game, serving to enhance its tranquility while acquainting gamers with the esteemed poetry form.

1st Place:

I skip a pebble across
the universe

(originally published in Seashores, Volume 2, April 2019)

Official Selections:

solstice comet
I catch the tail end
of a dream

(originally published in the Australian Haiku Society's Summer Solstice Haiku String in 2018)

backyard campout
we fall asleep counting
the ghosts of stars

(originally published in the Australian Haiku Society's Autumn Equinox Haiku String in 2019)

a galaxy
on the fawn's back
solstice eve

(originally published in Cha No Keburi and translated into Italian by Lucia Fontana in 2018)

solar flares
a spill of buttercups
in the meadow

(originally published in Acorn 35 in 2015)

Otata, Issue 42, June 2019

meteor gone before i can say it

Alzheimer's mother has forgotten her tongue

worry stone a black hole at the centre

Matrix - Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel Poetry Competition 2019

optical fibres . . .
massive clonal colonies
of quaking aspens

Matrix Science Poetry Competition 2019

The following haiku in the 5/7/5 format were posted with the #MatrixHaiku on Twitter:

a garter snake den . . .
the coaxial cables
of neural networks

the vole clock method . . .
extinction level events
still happen today

World Haiku Competition, Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine, 2018

sea canaries
we dip our paddles
into their songs

Honourable Mention
2018 World Haiku Competition

Kaji Aso Studio, 31st Annual Haiku Contest 2019

polar vortex . . .
our footprints not where
we left them

3rd Place

Note: Results of the contest were published in The Fenway News (Boston area newspaper), Volume 45, Number 6, June 2019.

Three Rivers Haiku Association: Iris - A Little Haiku Contest by the Croatian Haiku Magazine, 2019

Honoured to have two commended haiku chosen by judge, Jim Kacian, from a total of 409 entries!

Translated into Croatian

prairie dusk
the last braid of geese
comes undone

a pika gathers stems
of light

note: these haiku appeared in Haiku Magazine IRIS International, No. 5, 2019

Mariposa, Number 40, Spring/Summer 2019

wild daisies scatter
the light

summer fair
our dog retrieves
a lost boy

This issue includes the results of the 2018 San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka:


labyrinth i walk into and out of myself

Third Place


a star tortoise
carries the universe
on its back . . .
are we slowly moving
away from each other

Second Place

small embers
of rose hips in snow . . .
the look
in mother's vacant eyes
so hard to define

Third Place

The judges' commentaries may be accessed under the San Francisco International Competition for Haiku Senryu and Tanka tag.

#FemkuMag: An E-zine of Women's Haiku - Issue 12, May 2019


firefinch . . .
they tell me to look
on the bright side


Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 4, Issue 42, June 2019