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Sunday, February 07, 2021
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.
believed it could fly
unaware that I am glass,
pretending to be sky
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.
...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.)
Editor: Patricia McGuire
I spread out my joy
on the grass
culled from: "New Rain", The One & the Many by Rabindranath Tagore
the blue tongue
of a gargoyle
between our fingers . . .
The Haiku Pea Podcast
Series 4, Episode 2 - "Spring and Autumn", January 18, 2021
I still miss the little things
about my sister
2020 Akita International Haku Contest
the ruts we slip into falling leaves
Edited by Michael Dylan Welch
across purpling skies
for an instant
I forget the grim state
of this locked-down life
the last patch
of watermelon snow . . .
the year that was
the wasps inside
a song sparrow offers
I wash my hands
at water's edge
the silent scolding
a jet on the runway
of my mind
we drive into a tornado
Curated by Lavana Kray
January 14, 2021
Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu:
of blackbirds swirling
into evening . . .
how fluid the shape
of this sorrow
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.
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."
the questions I still
My thanks to the judges!
Honoured to have this haiga chosen by Ron Moss for Contemporary Haibun!
(note: this haiku received a Judge's Choice Award in the 2016 Craigleigh Press Poetry Contest)
a great grey owl sees
all there is to see