Sunday, November 21, 2021

Wales Haiku Journal, Autumn 2021

snowy boughs
we shape ourselves
to the season

Tsuri-doro: A Small Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Issue #6, November/December 2021

basalt pillars
father used to seem
so tall

Stardust Haiku, Issue 58, October 2021

refugee mother
a lost shoe cradles
the rain

Stardust Haiku, Issue 57, September 2021

a barrage of hailstones
dents the silence

Ribbons, Volume 17, Number 3, Fall 2021

My thanks to Jenny Ward Angyal for her lovely review of The Language of Loss: Haiku & Tanka Conversations. It may be accessed via the book title's tab of this blog.

a whisper
of moths circling
the beacon
it is much too late
for sirens

My thanks to Ryland Shengzhi Li for including my work in his essay, Gifts of Tanka: An Essay on Structure:

"The event-and-response structure comprises an event, state, or thing paired with a response...

the ocean
was in a rage last night
but today,
these peace offerings
of blue mussels and kelp

(1st Place, 2018 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest)

Here, the event comprises the first two lines of the ocean in a rage last night, while the response, today's peace offerings, comes in the last three lines. What follows rage is not destruction, as one might expect, but offerings of peace.

Although the words of the poem focus on the ocean, they also invite the reader to infer meanings about human life. The poem suggests a mood of hopeful expectation in a dire situation, perhaps reconciliation after a fight. If even the ocean, the vastest thing on earth, can resolve rage with peace offerings, how much more so we human beings. In this sense, the poem's description of the ocean gives us perspective and grounding in our own life, while relating the ocean to human affairs helps us see the ocean with greater familiarity. The poem also suggests the impermanence of all things: even a strong emotion like rage will eventually wane and be pacified. The "peace offerings" here are also food items, often used to cultivate peace between humans.


Prune Juice, Issue 35, November 2021


Haiku Canada Review, Volume 15, Number 2, October 2021

(ir)rational thinking you might even be right

clear conscience
a loon's call drifts
into morning

Note: This issue includes a lovely review by Pearl Pirie of Prairie Interludes. It may be accessed via the book title's tab of this blog.

Daily Haiga: An Edited Journal of Traditional and Contemporary Haiga, November 2021

Featured Artist: November 20, 2021

Note: this haiku was first published in Modern Haiku 51.1, Winter-Spring 2020

Monday, November 08, 2021

Modern Haiku, Vol. 52.3, Autumn 2021

clumps of deer hair
snag the light

Hedgerow Poems, Number 135, 2021

the first bees making sense of dandelions

Mariposa, Number 45, Autumn/Winter 2021

the dragon arching
across your back

dusty tack
hangs in empty stalls
with memories that might
or might not be mine


Graceguts: Michael Dylan Welch's Blog, 2021

My thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for including the following collaborative work in his trifold, City Rengay, published in 2021:

Winnipeg Wind

by Michael Dylan Welch (in normal type) and Debbie Strange (in italics)

Portage and Main—
the wind whipping snow
after my missed bus

Assiniboine Forest at dusk
a deer flicks its tail

in the ruin
of St. Boniface Cathedral
a crushed snail

another heatwave—
Leo Mol nudes recline
in the garden

the Golden Boy
still pointing north

at Fort Whyte
the snowshoe tracks
of humans and hares

Note: this rengay first appeared in The Bamboo Hut's Hands Across the Water - A Journal of Collaborative Poetry, December 2018.

GUSTS, Number 34, Fall/Winter 2021

a whirlwind
of forsythia petals . . .
your impatience
with all the little things
that stop me in my tracks

you press
your ear against
a birch's heart
come, listen to the sap
bubbling inside me

a kaleidoscope
of clearwings spinning
above the meadow
on this summer day,
I remember you

Frogpond, Vol. 44, Number 3, Autumn 2021

wolf pack
our social glue
u n s t i c k s

This issue includes Kristen Lindquist's lovely review of The Language of Loss: Haiku & Tanka Conversations:

This issue also includes Randy Brooks' wonderful review of A New Resonance 12:

First Frost, #2, Fall 2021

the words
you never meant to say . . .

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 6, Issue 71, November 2021


Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 6, Issue 70, October 2021


Daily Haiga: An Edited Journal of Traditional and Contemporary Haiga, October 2021

Featured Artist: October 19, 2021

Note: this tanka was first published in Kokako 25, September 2016

Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, September 2021

hang gliding
the sequential take-off
of fledglings

The Cicada's Cry: A Micro-Zine of Haiku Poetry, Autumn 2021

dead man's fingers
nature puts the fun
in fungus

Chalk on the Walk Monoku Project (New Zealand), 2021

Curated by Sherry Grant

Haiga Feature: October 22, 2021

(Note: this monoku received 2nd Place in the 2021 Marlene Mountain Contest)


Cattails, October 2021

a wounded crow
pecks at our casement
we open
our shutters and invite
the darkness in

a sheaf
of bamboo strips ready
for weaving
we bend to the task
of shaping each other

the blue lining
of a cormorant's mouth . . .
gap-toothed pier

deserted shack
finger paintings grace
every wall

the vitriol
of (un)social media . . .


Cafe Haiku: The Magazine of the Cafe Haiku Group (Mumbai, Thane, Hyderabad and Chennai), October 2021

Haiga Feature: October 24, 2021


Brass Bell, October 2021

Theme: numbers

our deaf Dalmatian more than 101 negative spaces

Australian Haiku Society, 2021

Spring 2021 AHS Haiga Kukai: Seasonal Entry

weeping cherry
she never thought
he'd be the first

Spring 2021 AHS Haiga Kukai: Non-seasonal Entry

nothing left
of the rainbow . . .
funnel clouds

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

Akitsu Quarterly, Fall 2021

muddy lane
a leaf collage glued
to my boots

ruffled by the wind . . .
blue-winged teal

sun-warmed sage
the burnished horns
of bison


The Mamba, Issue 12 - Africa Haiku Network, September 2021


A Fine Line: The Magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society, Spring 2021

we move a box turtle
off the freeway

the last seeds
from father's garden . . .

Friday, September 17, 2021

United Haiku and Tanka Society, Fleeting Words Tanka Competition 2021

My thanks to the judge, Marilyn Humbert!

lost gloves sprout
from melting snowbanks
every finger
points me toward
a place I'd rather be

Honourable Mention

Haiku Contest of the Haiku Society of Constanta in Romania, 2021

Translated into Romanian

theme: raging sea

the lighthouse
without its beacon . . .

Constanta Haiku Contest 2021

Ink Sweat and Tears - The Poetry and Prose Webzine - September 2021

Word and Image Feature - September 17, 2021

My thanks to Desree for selecting this "pwoermd" artwork!

Geppo: The Haiku Work-Study Journal of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, Volume XLVI:2, May 2021

February - April 2021

rusty watering can
how vibrant the life
of mud

the future is almost
upon us

baby skunks
the unmown strip
of grass

I am not alone
in the mist

Spring Challenge Kigo: Kite, Toy Kite

kite tails
we watch you
slip away

World Haiku Review, Summer 2021

sultry day
a tornado screws itself
into the earth

Zatsuei Haiku of Merit
Neo-Classical Haiku Category

lily pad rafts
dotting the pond . . .
leopard frogs

Zatsuei Haiku of Merit
Neo-Classical Haiku Category 

Tsuri-doro: A Small Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Issue #5, September/October 2021

a drift of quail
among the leaves . . .

scorched prairie
I have forgotten the sound
of rain

The Awakened One: Buddha-Themed Haiku from Around the World, 2021

My thanks to editors Adjei Agyei-Baah and Gabriel Rosenstock for including my work!

transience . . .
petal by petal
we let go

Winning Haiku, Canada
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational, 2017

Trash Panda: Life in the Anthropocene in 17 Syllables or Less, Volume 1.1, Summer 2021

oil slick the way we colour our world

Failed Haiku 3.31, July 2018

we tuck a note inside
the riven oak

Wales Haiku Journal, Summer 2020

The Cherita, May 2021

Issue: "washed by sunset"

the whimpers

of a starving puppy
draw me near

she offers her paw
and just like that,
I fall in love again

16,000 nights

and still,
these kisses

fall as dew
from the rose petals
of our tongues

the hull of our home

storm after storm

curtains flying
out every window
like pennants

Stardust Haiku, Issue 56, August 2021

we focus
on this moment . . .
bear prints

Shamrock Haiku Journal, Number 46, September 2021

the black tip
of a ground squirrel's tail . . .
stubble fire

salmon dart
across the highway . . .
non-stop rain

The Poetry Pea Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Summer 2021

Editor: Patricia McGuire

"No Ego"

leaf litter
turkey tail fungus
skirts the pine

cemetery shade
this luminescence
of lilies


ripe pumpkins
deer tracks riddle
the frost


monarch migration
the unexpected tremor
of my lips

ostrich ferns
unwind themselves . . .
daylight savings

"Selective Realism"

lantern light
becoming one
with the fog

bison range
a magpie rides off
into the sunset


twilit rookery
let the storytelling

footprints etched
on the sea of tranquility . . .
rearing stallion


Poetry Pea, August 2021

The Haiku Pea Podcast

Series, 4, Episode 16 - "Original Haiku Using Yūgen", August 16, 2021

ghost apple
this emptiness

Shortlisted, 2019 Touchstone Awards
Shamrock Haiku Journal 42, 2019

footprints etched
on the sea of tranquility . . .
rearing stallion

Our Best Haiga: Black & White Haiga/Haisha, September 2021

 Curated by Lavana Kray

September 8, 2021

(Note: this tanka art was originally published in Ribbons 17.1, Winter 2021)

Our Best Haiga: Black & White Haiga/Haisha, August 2021

Curated by Lavana Kray

August 24, 2021

(Note: this haiku was first published in Kokako 33, September 2020)


NeverEnding Story, September 2021

Cool Announcement: A Freebie, Mouth Full of Stones by Debbie Strange

My Dear Readers:

NeverEnding Story contributor, Debbie Strange, published a collection of sociopolitically conscious haiku, Mouth Full of Stones (Title 1X Press, 2020), and she shared her fine work as a free download available at Title IX Press website.

Selected Haiku:

dry lightning
her mattress scarred
with cigarette burns

day moon
sister's thin face

hot (fl)ashes the combustibility of womxn's rights

cows and calves
bawling at weaning time
my breasts ache

angry words
the gossip of gulls
d r i f t i n g

street kids
shadows fold
into the night

neon lights
a cardboard roof
sags with snow

the buzz of a high voltage arc

a polar bear's paws
sink deeper

Fireflies' Light: A Magazine of Short Poems, Issue 24, September 2021


Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 6, Issue 69, September 2021

Guest Editor: Hemapriya Chellappan - Linked Forms


the shadows and light
inside memory

    exposing yourself
    for what you are

negative strips
I am nothing more
than a ghost

    changing your colours
    before my eyes

chemical bath
it would be so easy
to drown

    red light
    you stop at nothing

contact prints
these permanent reminders
to forget

Dwarf Stars 2021 - The Very Best Short Speculative Poems Published in 2020

winter jasmine
we inhale the scent
of dying stars

The Poetry Pea Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Autumn 2020

Daily Haiku: Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog, September 2021

forgotten grave
only the small bones
of leaves remain

Commended Haiku
Polish International Haiku Competition, 2020

snow whirls
outside the henhouse . . .
father cups
my hands around
a warm brown egg

3rd Place
Fleeting Words Tanka Competition, 2018

Daily Haiga: An Edited Journal of Traditional and Contemporary Haiga, August 2021

Featured Artist: August 18, 2021

Note: this tanka was first published in Tanka Origins 3, April 2020


Window Seats: A Contemporary Anthology of Cat Haiku & Senryu, Bottle Rockets Press, 2021

pussy willows
the swollen bellies
of feral cats

Acorn 42, Spring 2014

Bottle Rockets, Vol. 23, Number 1 (or #45), August 2021

dandelions the multiplication factor of yellow

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 31, Number 3, August 2021

stray kitten
our hen unfolds
her wings

the click-snap
of a barn owl peering
from our hayloft
we defer roof repairs
for another year

Monday, August 02, 2021

New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition 2021

 My thanks to Simon Hanson, the judge of this contest!

the darkness
arrives on a thousand legs . . .
cosmic caterpillar

Highly Commended

#FemkuMag: haikai poetry by womxn and non-binary folx - Issue 30, July 2021

Honoured to receive 2nd Place in the 2021 Marlene Mountain Contest (for monoku)! My thanks to the judges, Lori A. Minor and Tia Haynes, for their sensitive commentary.

Fata Morgana the (in)visibility of my (dis)ability 


Not only are invisible illnesses difficult to live with because one is forced to convince others that they are sick, but some chronic illnesses can make one feel invisible due to the disconnect between those sick and their able-bodied friends and family. These illnesses are debilitating and isolating.

The brilliant use of parentheses parallels this by separating those who are seen and those who feel invisible, as well as disabled folx and those who are able-bodied. For those who are sick but still struggling to seek answers, Fata Morgana is all too familiar. The pain felt is real, but when the test results keep coming back normal, one can't help but feel stuck and just about end up gaslighting themselves. Not to mention those answers seem unreal and so far out of reach. We can also see the way Debbie possibly views herself, as one stuck as an optical illusion, living in society in one fashion and being unable to in another. This heartbreaking monoku calls us to hear and to see, to understand and develop compassion where it is most needed.

Other work included in this issue:

internal dialogue only one of us has anything to say

wild foxglove the poison lurking behind beauty standards

you take offence
so easily

paper birch
to know the inner bark
of you

Wales Haiku Journal, Summer 2021

lily pollen
she loses the sense
of herself

The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls: An Oceanic Literary Magazine, July 2021

July 3, 2021

sea pebbles
glistening in the sun
we, too
lose more of ourselves
with every passing wave

Honourable Mention
2020 British Haiku Society Awards

July 4, 2021

I carry
an ocean within
my pocket . . .
this blue lace agate
etched with ancient tides

Honourable Mention
2018 Fleeting Words Tanka Competition

July 5, 2021

the ocean
was in a rage last night
but today,
these peace offerings
of blue mussels and kelp

1st Place
2018 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest


The Haiku Foundation, Haiku Dialogue, July 2021

 "Paradigm Shift" prompts by Craig Kittner: the artifacts of wind

an egret's plume
the airs and graces
of wind

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Haiga Tanabata Celebration, July 2021

Though I was unable to attend the virtual YTHS Haiga Tanabata Celebration, I was delighted to share this haiga:


The Cherita, April 2021

Issue: "a shadow of myself"

we built

staircases of books
in our bedroom

following each other
from one world
into the next

lost again

deep inside
the forest's magic

a flush
of fairy inkcaps
enchants me

my sisters and I

nestle like spoons
underneath the comforter

father keeps
our kittens warm
inside his pockets


Ribbons, Volume 17, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2021


a blue sand dune
discovered on Mars
the universe
gives me so much more
than I deserve

lost again
in the forest of mind
I tread warily
through macrocosms
of contrition

describe a star's death
as spectacular
who is to say that
mine will not be so


Red Lights, Vol. 17, Number 2, June 2021

we had almost
forgotten how to smile . . .
a loveliness
of ladybugs spills down
the rotten fencepost


I gently strum
a lark's bleached ribcage . . .
how long
have you lain here
with your mossy heart

we never
expect grief to come
calling . . .
will no one answer
the phone of the wind*

*An unconnected phone booth in Japan helps people cope with the loss of loved ones.

Presence, Number 70, July 2021

resident owl
the rabbits that lived
under our shed

for all the little things
we've missed . . .
brackish water fills
an elf-cup stone


rengay with Jennifer Hambrick & Debbie Strange

empty street
rain falling louder
then softer

    time slows down
    to a drizzle

dripping eaves
a lone house sparrow
takes shelter

puddles of light
a raccoon rinses
its hands

    a wash of stars
    keeping their distance

the earth lets go
of its breath


Poetry Pea, July 2021

 The Haiku Pea Podcast

Series 4, Episode 14 - "Realistic Haiku", July 19, 2021

the kestrel catches
a piece of sky

Highly Commended
2016 New Zealand Poetry Society International Competition

lantern light
becoming one
with the fog

Our Best Haiga: Black & White Haiga/Haisha, July 2021

Curated by Lavana Kray

July 10, 2021

(Note: this haiga was first published in colour in the Wales Haiku Haiga Gallery)

July 28, 2021

(Note: this tanka art was first published in Ribbons 14.2, Spring/Summer 2018)


NeverEnding Story, July 2021

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu:

I carry
an ocean within
my pocket . . .
this blue lace agate
etched with ancient tides

Honourable Mention
2018 Fleeting Words Tanka Competition

Chen-ou Liu's Comments:

An implicit simile is effectively established between L2 and L4 in this visually and emotionally evocative and symbolically rich tanka.

Kontinuum: kortárs haiku_contemporary haiku, Volume 1, Number 1, July 2021

assigned gender the 25,000 sexes of split-gill mushrooms

generational trauma the uncertain heritage of seeds

Frogpond, Vol. 44, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2021

the river plunges
into itself

Frameless Sky, Issue 14, June 2021

bamboo flute
I trade my breath
with the wind

a newborn's smile the earth tilts

city streets illumined
by blossoms

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 6, Issue 68, August 2021


Contemporary Haibun Online, Issue 17.2, July 2021

 Haiga Gallery: selected by Ron Moss

Brass Bell, August 2021

Theme: family and friends

tire swing
my sisters push me
into my comfort zone

A Fine Line: The Magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society, Winter 2021

muddy banks
the brilliant plumage
of wood ducks

brisk winds usher me

Friday, July 02, 2021

Tsuri-doro: A Small Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Issue #4, July/August 2021

dew-strung web
the morning breaks
into prisms

The QuillS, Issue 8, June 2021

Impasto Meandering (numbers 1 through 3)


The Bamboo Hut, Number 2, 2021


crab-apple wine
the dance floor dad built
in the orchard

the scent of hay
wafts over our pasture . . .
we breathe deeply

wheat gum
our laugh lines etched
with dust

a slice of moon
dangles from the auger . . .
rusty combine

barren fields
the scattered bones
of our farm

the jangle
of a tin roof leaving home . . .
desolate prairie 

The Haiku Foundation, Per Diem, June 2021

Selected by David Oates for the theme of "Passages": June 26, 2021

gone too soon
sakura blossoms
my old friends

Sakura Awards, Canada
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational, 2015 

Tinywords, Issue 21.1, June 2021

Note: this haiku first appeared in Akitsu Quarterly, Summer 2020


Stardust Haiku, Issue 54, June 2021

morning chores
the hens announce
their eggs

Prune Juice, Issue 34, July 2021


Poetry Pea, June 2021

The Haiku Pea Podcast

Series 4, Episode 12 - "Original Haiku of the Seasons", June 21, 2021 

fallow fields a light dusting of snow geese

Mariposa 39, Autumn/Winter 2018
Shortlisted, 2018 Touchstone Awards

monarch migration
the unexpected tremor
of my lips

Our Best Haiga: Black & White Haiga/Haisha, June 2021

 Curated by Lavana Kray

June 3, 2021

(Note: this tanka was first published in Kokako 32, April 2020)

June 14, 2021

(Note: this haiku was first published in #FemkuMag 9, February 2019)

June 27, 2021

(Note: this tanka received 2nd place in the 2018 UHTS Fleeting Words Tanka Competition)

Modern Haiku, Vol. 52.2, Summer 2021

grape vines
these fingers that refuse
to bend

My thanks to Lee Gurga for giving the following haiku a mention in his essay, "Normative Haiku and Beyond":

summer fair
our dog retrieves
a lost boy

Mariposa 40, 2019

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 6, Issue 67, July 2021


Eucalypt, Issue 30, May 2021

of earthstar fungi unfold
along this path
I try to reimagine
the time-lapse of my life

my dye pot
bubbles with delight
I offer
the day's new colours
to you for naming

Brass Bell, July 2021

Theme: childhood memories

the percussion of hail
against our silos

blistering sun
we wade through a river
of barley

dinner bell
the wind swallows
its sound

Australian Haiku Society, 2021

Winter Solstice Haiku String, June 21, 2021

dirt makes a map
of my palm

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Haiku Society of America, Merit Book Awards, 2021

Thrilled to have received an Honourable Mention in the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for 2021 (for books published in 2020) for The Language of Loss: Haiku & Tanka Conversations (Sable Books 2020).

My thanks to the esteemed judge, Roberta Beary, author of The Unworn Necklace and Deflection.

This book was also the winner of the 2019 Sable Books International Women's Haiku Book Contest.


Poetry Pea, May 2021

The Haiku Pea Podcast

Series 4, Episode 10 - "Euphonic Haiku", May 17, 2021

I skip a pebble across
the universe

Seashores 2, 2019
1st Place, OtherWordly Intergalactic Haiku Competition, 2019
Shortlisted, Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems, 2019

ripe pumpkins
deer tracks riddle
the frost

Akitsu Quarterly, Summer 2021

shepherd's crook
her flock shape-shifts
into clouds

the circles of light
we follow home


Monday, June 14, 2021

Hexapod Haiku Contest, 2021 - Frost Entomological Museum

Honoured to have the following work chosen for the Haiku Laureate Award (category: ages 18 and older) in the 2021 Hexapod Haiku Contest:

outdoor wedding
an unexpected flurry
of cabbage whites

Judges' Comments:

Everyone knows wedding planning has its stresses. When a couple decides on an outdoor wedding they are taking a chance; an outdoor wedding has the added stress of weather. And yet for some couples it is worth taking the risk of having a rainy or windy wedding day, in order to tie the knot in the great outdoors. In Debbie Strange's haiku, the setting is clearly outlined in the first line. However, the particulars are carefully omitted. Is it in a park, a person's backyard, a formal garden, or a field? Cabbage whites, the insect in this haiku, are considered hexapod generalists. They have adapted to survive in many different habitats, so in this regard the author further allows the reader to imagine their own version of an outdoor wedding. Debbie Strange uses a technique created by Master Matsuo Basho called sokkyo, or spontaneity, when using the word "flurry." In the course of a wedding ceremony there is typically a great flurry of emotion when either of the nearlyweds enter the scene. However, the author pivots to the cabbage whites who are having their own flurry of activity. Perhaps a trailing dress or footsteps stirred up the butterflies, or the butterflies may have been attuning to something else. There is room to wonder. Debbie Strange adeptly taps into the excitement one feels at a wedding without any direct reference to emotion or the wedding party. Although scientists bristle at the idea of appreciating an invasive species such as the cabbage white butterfly, the author of this haiku finds a way to express beauty through the butterfly's presence in the world. And you wouldn't want a white butterfly at one's outdoor wedding? It is good luck, we hear, and it has even become a wedding business — called butterfly release.

—Anne Burgevin and Dr. Kadeem Gilbert

Serow: Journal of the Akita International Haiku Network, Volume 4, Spring 2021

Grateful to be a featured poet in this issue! 

The transcript of this feature may be viewed under the "Articles/About" tab of this blog.