Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Haiku Foundation: HaikuLife Film Festival 2021

This haiga video, comprised of previously published poems, was created to celebrate The Haiku Foundation's International Haiku Poetry Day HaikuLife Film Festival on April 17, 2021:

Black Velvet

(with recitation)

The Haiku Foundation: EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration, April 2021

the wild crocuses
you loved

2nd Place, 2019 Morioka 1st Int'l Haiku Contest

fallow fields a light dusting of snow geese

Mariposa 39, 2018
Shortlisted 2018 Touchstone Awards

longer days
I knight my sister
with an icicle

5th HM, 2018 Robert Spiess Memorial Competition

Mariposa, Number 44, Spring/Summer 2021

leaves of grass
and hollow reeds sing
between our lips
we join the insects
orchestrating summer

the intricate lace
of decaying leaves
are we
any less beautiful now
that our youth is gone

This issue includes the results of the 2020 San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu and Tanka:

a raven
believed it could fly
through me
unaware that I am glass,
pretending to be sky

3rd Place Tanka


World Haiku, Number 17, 2021

Translated into Japanese

wild bergamot
a hummingbird's tail
fans the flames

crowberries absorb
the night

marsh reeds
we learn the secret
language of wind

Note: these haiku previously appeared in Akitsu Quarterly

Note: the haiga was printed in black and white


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

a spray of sunlight
across our table

NeverEnding Story, April 2021

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu:

rosy dawn
our paddles stippled
with petals

Highly Commended
2019 New Zealand Poetry Society International Competition

GUSTS, Number 33, Spring/Summer 2021

Honoured to have a lovely review of my collection, winner of the 2019 Sable Books International Women's Haiku Contest, in this issue. It may be accessed under The Language of Loss: Haiku & Tanka Conversations tab. My gratitude to Joanne Morcom!

my eyesight
not what it once was
but, oh
the way a rainbow blurs
into iridescence

stepping into
this snow-starred night
I take
a breath of something
that might be optimism

prairie drought . . .
the belt-buckle sun
offers no mercy,
every blade of grass
sharp as your tongue


#FemkuMag: An E-zine of Womxn's Haiku - Issue 29, April 2021

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

My thanks to Charlotte for posting the following work in a special feature on April 11, 2021!

rippling waves
you teach me how
to film the wind

Grand Prix
10th Setouchi-Matsuyama Int'l Photo-Haiku Contest, 2020 

ripening pear the bruises that never heal

#FemkuMag 27
Longlisted for the Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems, 2020

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

Featured Artist: April 13, 2021

Note: this tanka was first published in Bright Stars Tanka Anthology 7, Nov. 2014


Chrysanthemum, Number 29, April 2021

Translated into German


Saturday, April 03, 2021

The Haiku Foundation: The Touchstone Award for Distinguished Books, 2020

I'm honoured that my eBook, Prairie Interludes, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. The shortlist is comprised of 17 books selected from 72 nominations. My thanks to the esteemed panelists, and to John Barlow of Snapshot Press!


The British Haiku Society Awards, 2020

Thrilled to receive the following award:

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

Honourable Mention

Judge's comments:

The pattern of surges and calms exhibited worldwide by the Covid-19 pandemic is here witnessed in this modest but productive observation from nature. How like the pebbles we are, in this together, losing millions over time, with each passing wave. The lament is clear but restrained, anchored in the natural world.

—Michael McClintock

(Note: there were 164 entries for this competition) 

Geppo: The Haiku Work-Study Journal of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, Volume XLVI: 1, February 2021

November 2020 - January 2021

salt lick
the blue concave
of sky

first flute
woodpecker holes stuffed
with acorns

the eye-shine
of a great horned owl . . .
long night moon

candy floss
hair ice transforms
a rotten branch

The Heron's Nest, Volume 22, 2020

spawning capelin the silver curl of a wave

the sister
I didn't know I had . . .

stepping stones
a damselfly invites us
to change course

acorns surf the roof
of our tent

Tanka Society of America Twitter Pandemic Special, April 2021

Curated by Susan Burch

Day 1 - April 1, 2021

rain doves build
a nest on our balcony
we, too
are learning the art
of sheltering in place

Tanka 2020: Poems from Today's World
Red Moon Press (editor Alexis Rotella)


Stardust Haiku, Issue 51, March 2021

last train
the blur of seaside

Sonic Boom, Issue 20, April 2021

inklings #1


Presence, Number 69, March 2021

darkling beetles
the carp's skeleton
no longer white

frost alert . . .
headlamps bobbing
in the vineyard

frozen berries
we enter the silence
of hibernation

the creek
a crucible overflowing
with molten sun
my eyelids close until
I can see again

I was delighted to discover that the following haiku was shortlisted for the Best-of-Issue Award in Presence 68:

hawk strike
I let go
of my breath

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

Curated by Lavana Kray

March 5, 2021

(Note: this haiku was first published in Stardust Haiku 38, February 2020)

March 15, 2021

(Note: this haiku was first published in Frogpond 43.2, Spring/Summer 2020)

March 25, 2021

(Note: this haiku first appeared in the Wales Haiku Journal, Winter 2019)


Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 6, Issue 64, April 2021

Honoured to have the following haiga selected for the cover of this issue by editor, Bryan Rickert:


Contemporary Haibun Online, Issue 17.1, April 2021

Haiga Gallery: selected by Ron Moss


Brass Bell, April 2021

prairie winter
a rainbow of tulips
at the market

country school
tumbleweeds race
us to the bus

Asahi Haikuist Network, March 2021

My thanks to David McMurray for featuring the 10th Setouchi-Matsuyama International Photo-Haiku Contest results!

rippling waves
you teach me how
to film the wind

Grand Prix

Sunday, March 21, 2021

The 10th Setouchi-Matsuyama International Photo-Haiku Contest, 2021

Honoured to receive the Grand Prix selected from 1,587 photo-haiku!

Judge's comments:

The haiku text speaks to the brilliantly colored photo. Together they resonate superbly as a narrative photo-haiku. A teacher could have been standing alongside when the photo-haikuist narrated action caught in the picture. The camera faced sunlight at a low angle. Deciduous tree branches in the foreground are bare and conifers on the island don't move in the winter scene. Located possibly at a lake near to where the poet lives, rather than the sea, the water's reflective surface seems to be close to freezing but for the rippling wind. It was an "aha, I understand now" photo-haiku moment that is deserving of the highest prize in the contest.

—David McMurray


Brass Bell, March 2021

vole tracks in snow
the tiny handwriting
of my big sister

The Haiku Foundation: The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems, 2020

There were over 1300 nominations, and I'm honoured that the following haiku is included in the longlist of 56 poems. My thanks to the editor of #FemkuMag, Lori Minor, who nominated my work, and to the judges for taking the time to read!

ripening pear the bruises that never heal

#FemkuMag 27, October 2020

Red Lights, Vol. 17, Number 1, January 2021

My thanks to Marilyn Hazelton for the kind mention of The Language of Loss: Haiku & Tanka Conversations!

a rusted obelisk
in our garden tilts
the gash along its side
bleeding winter berries

part of it all

dead leaves
dance to the vibrations
of a wolf spider
searching for his mate . . .
I, too, am smitten

a woolly bear
wends it way through
yellowing grass
it only takes one small thing
to make me happy

I come
to this darkling forest
in search
of something
only the trees know

Poetry Pea, March 2021

The Haiku Pea Podcast

Series 4, Episode 6 - "Exaggerated Perspective", March 15, 2021

fog deepens
the sound of rabbits
nibbling night

Grand Prize
2016 World Haiku Competition

vacant factory
broken rafters patched
with pigeons

Last Train Home: An Anthology of Contemporary Haiku, Tanka, and Rengay, Pondhawk Press, 2021

My thanks to the editor, Jacqueline Pearce!

damp underpass only the dark timpani of trains

Otata, Issue 27, March 2018

sparks fly
under the trestle
graffiti hearts

Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 3, March 2016

quilting bee
train tracks stitch prairie
to sky

Acorn, Number 33, Fall 2014

Haiku Canada Review, Vol. 15, Number 1, February 2021


idle tractor
puddles of sunset
in every furrow

Note: This issue includes a lovely review by Sandra Stephenson of The Language of Loss: Haiku & Tanka Conversations. It may be accessed via the book title's tab of this blog.

Frogpond, Vol. 44, Number 1, Winter 2021

milky way nearly there sequoia


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

Featured Artist: March 18, 2021

Note: this was first published as a three-line haiku in The Mamba 9, March 2020


Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, Number 52, March 2021

rainy season
the fringed parasols
of fungi

river stillness
willow branches comb
through my hair

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 31, Number 1, February 2021

the fantasy
of next year's garden . . .

fog horns
the flash of something
in father's eyes

ice galleons
break apart into sound
we have come
too far to crumble
under the weight of blues

Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2021

field notes I add another comma butterfly

drum circle
we bow to the sound
of thunder

Monday, March 01, 2021

Tsuri-doro: A Small Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Issue #2, March/April 2021

final wish
an orca pod glints
in the sun

The Heron's Nest, Vol. 23, Number 1, March 2021

the things we name
and those we don't

Stardust Haiku, Issue 50, February 2021

starless night
I draw the darkness

Prune Juice, Issue 33, March 2021

Grateful to be included in this first issue edited by Tia Haynes!


Poetry Pea, February 2021

The Haiku Pea Podcast

Series 4, Episode 4 - "Humourous Haiku", February 15, 2021

just far enough away
to move me

2018 H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest 

refuse dump
two black bears slouch
on a stained sofa

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

Curated by Lavana Kray

February 4, 2021

(Note: this tanka art was first published in Ribbons 16.3, Fall 2020)

February 12, 2021

(Note: this tanka art was first published in Ribbons 16.2, Spring/Summer 2020)

February 21, 2021

(Note: this haiku was first published in Blithe Spirit 30.1, February 2020)

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 6, Issue 63, March 2021

Grateful to be included in this special issue of kyoka, edited by Susan Burch!


A Fine Line: The Magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society, Summer 2020/2021

flying squirrel for an instant moonless

the differing whorls
of our fingerprints

Modern Haiku, Vol. 52.1, Winter-Spring 2021

Honoured by the invitation to be the featured haiga artist for this issue:


Akita International Haiku Network, March 2021

Honoured to be included in the World Haiku Series 2020, with ten haiku translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta on March 1, 2021!

pine forest . . .
the advice I'd give
my younger self

Honourable Mention
2020 Soka Matsubara International Haiku Competition

crickets in the field . . .
we still hear grandma calling
us home for dinner

Honourable Mention
2020 Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi Haiku Contest

balcony garden
the birds have finally
found me

Honourable Mention
2020 Triveni Haikai Calendar Competition

I cultivate the seeds
of loneliness

Honourable Mention, Editor's Choice Haiku
World Haiku Review, Autumn 2020

ghost pumpkins
winter arrives without
a sound

3rd Place
2020 International Haiku Contest on the Theme of the Gourds

neonatal unit
the bleat of a mother
missing her lamb

In the Starlight Feature
Stardust Haiku, Issue 43, July 2020

ceaseless rain
the questions I still
ask myself

3rd Place
2020 Weighing Raindrops Haiku Contest

earth day
the shimmering wave
of a bee colony

2nd Place
2020 World Haiku Save Our World Competition

prairie town
rusted rails lead us
into sunrise

Museum of Haiku Literature Award
Blithe Spirit, Issue 30.2, 2020

rainless days
I make another cloud
in a bottle

Honourable Mention
2020 World Haiku Save Our World Competition

Note - the following haiga was Highly Commended in the 2020 Santoka 3rd International Haiku and Haiga Contest: 

Sunday, February 07, 2021

Snapshot Press Book Awards, 2020

I'm beyond honoured to announce that my full-length haiku manuscript, Random Blue Sparks, has received the 2020 Snapshot Press Book Award!

I'll post further details when the books is released.

From Snapshot Press:

Snapshot Press is an independent publisher specializing in English-language haiku, tanka and other short poetry by authors from around the world.

Founded in 1997, our publications include anthologies, single-author collections, and annual editions of The Haiku Calendar. Our books have been honoured by the Haiku Society of America, The Poetry Society of America, and The Haiku Foundation.

From Michael Dylan Welch in Modern Haiku:

Snapshot Press sets the platinum standard for design and production values among haiku and tanka books. Their quality is unsurpassed. Indeed, books from Snapshot Press are always a tactile and poetic delight.

San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu and Tanka, 2020

a raven
believed it could fly
through me
unaware that I am glass,
pretending to be sky

Third Place

Judge's comments:

This one-breath tanka is not only whimsical, but astonishing. The first three lines reveal a raven with magical traits—one who believed it could fly through a person. The tone of the tanka sounds fanciful until it pivots on the fourth line with the word "unaware." Eventually, I hear "glass" shattering into pieces and I feel a sudden twinge of pain as I read the revelation of the last line—"pretending to be sky." Sometimes, I, too, like to pretend that I am carefree and invincible like the sky because it feels good. I even manage to convince others that I am such until I get hurt and I'm reminded that I'm actually fragile, vulnerable, and destructible. It's a sad truth, and the poet has effectively conveyed this message in five lines.
—Christine Villa

The Haiku Foundation, Juxta 5.1 - Research and Scholarship in Haiku, December 2019

Haiga Feature:

...Nevertheless, the selections for Juxta 5 show haiga by fine women poet-artists with a great range of observation and imagination. This demonstrates growing interest and increasing creativity in this multifaceted form of visual-verbal expression. Each of the following artist-poets has also been chosen for the Gallery of the Haiku Foundation, where you will find further examples of their work...

My thanks to Stephen Addiss for his commentary below:

Utilizing digital elements to help transform both her watercolors and her digital images, Debbie Strange is able to create a number of focused images, many from everyday life. Some of her ink paintings are minimal but cogent, while her digital images tend to be more complex. In either case, there are always free areas that give the poems their own space while helping to complete meaningful visual structures.

(Note: this haiku received an Honourable Mention in the 2015 Autumn Haiku Contest administered by the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C.)


The Poetry Pea Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Winter 2020

Editor: Patricia McGuire


storm clouds
I spread out my joy
on the grass

culled from: "New Rain", The One & the Many by Rabindranath Tagore

"No Verbs"

dry fountain
the blue tongue
of a gargoyle

warm earth
between our fingers . . .
cemetery birds

Wales Haiku Journal, Winter 2021-21

nothing left to catch
the wind

Poetry Pea, January 2021

The Haiku Pea Podcast

Series 4, Episode 2 - "Spring and Autumn", January 18, 2021

blue nemophila
I still miss the little things
about my sister

2020 Akita International Haku Contest

the ruts we slip into falling leaves


Tinywords, Issue 20.2, January 2021

Note: this haiku first appeared in the Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 3:2, Spring-Summer 2020


Dance into the World, Tanka Society of America Twentieth Anniversary Anthology, 2020

Edited by Michael Dylan Welch

sprites flash
across purpling skies
for an instant
I forget the grim state
of this locked-down life

Stardust Haiku, Issue 49, January 2021

seed packets
the many colours
of grief

The Cicada's Cry: A Micro-Zine of Haiku Poetry, Winter 2020

the last patch
of watermelon snow . . .
alpine chough

The Bamboo Hut, Number 1, 2021

the year that was

mask debate
the wasps inside
my mouth

a song sparrow offers
mother's eulogy

isolation walk
I wash my hands
at water's edge

the silent scolding
of squirrels

travel ban
a jet on the runway
of my mind

social unrest
we drive into a tornado
of tumbleweeds

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

 Curated by Lavana Kray

January 14, 2021

(Note: this haiku originally appeared in Creatrix 48, March 2020)

January 23, 2021

(Note: this haiga originally appeared in colour, and it received a Highly Commended in the 2020 Santoka International Haiku and Haiga Contest)

NeverEnding Story, February 2021

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu:

a smudge
of blackbirds swirling
into evening . . .
how fluid the shape
of this sorrow

2nd Place
2018 Fleeting Words Tanka Competition

Chen-ou Liu's Comments: (excerpted from commentary by judges Carole MacRury and Michael McClintock)

This well-constructed tanka uses sibilance to enhance the fluidity of the reading as well as the fluidity of the emotions shown through the image in the first three lines. This fine poem by Debbie Strange shows the power of understatement and the power of imagery to express deep emotions. It has that magic space where readers may enter with their own experiences. Deep sorrow, as most of us know, comes unexpectedly in dark, wave-like moments just like the "smudge of blackbirds swirling into evening". Every single word earns its place in this poem.

Narrow Road Literary Journal, Volume 12, December 2020

2020 Weighing Raindrops Haiku Contest

"Narrow Road shook hands with the ArtMantram Foundation to curate the first-ever haiku contest at their Glass House Literary Festival. Editors Rohini Gupta, Paresh Tiwari, and Raamesh Gowri Raghavan doubled up as judges. 129 entries poured in from all over the world on the theme of 'rain'. The winners were announced on 26th July 2020 at the Grand Finale of the Glass Festival over Zoom video conference."

ceaseless rain
the questions I still
ask myself

Third Prize

My thanks to the judges!


Kingfisher, Issue #2, December 2020

grawlix I learn to embrace my cronehood

sumi-e ravens nesting in my eyebrows

Hedgerow Poems, Number 133, Autumn 2020


#FemkuMag: An E-zine of Womxn's Haiku - Issue 28, January 2021