Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Stardust Haiku, Issue 59, November 2021

this life full
of entanglements . . .
nasturtiums

Seashores - An International Journal to Share the Spirit of Haiku. Vol. 6, November 2021

I wonder
what happened here . . .
feather atlas


cracked headstone
this meandering river
of moss
 

NeverEnding Story, December 2021

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu:


the pair bonds
of prairie voles . . .
she asks
if he used to be
her husband

Third Place
2017 UHTS Fleeting Words Tanka Contest


Chen-ou Liu's Comments:

The contrast/comparison between pair bonding (selective and lifelong relationship) and (uncertain) marital relationship portrayed in the two parts of the tanka is poignantly effective.

 

Moonbathing, Issue 25, Fall/Winter 2021

a knot of clouds
unravels into rain
these freshets
of grief welling up
again inside me
 

Mahmight Haiku Journal, November 2021

Grateful to have the following haiku chosen for commentary by Richard Matta:


a wild sky
tethered to earth . . .
chain lightning

Gnarled Oak, Issue 1, December 2014


Richard's Commentary:

"Having lived in Florida I know lightning and can relate to the wildness of the sky. The assonance in tethered and earth is wonderful, and the use of tethered and wild certainly makes one think of a wild monster with which you might try to use a chain."



Hedgerow Poems, Number 136, 2021

graupel now and again the small dots of redpolls


whitewater
a pelican blends
into it
 

Frameless Sky, Issue 15, December 2021

Honoured to be the "Take the Challenge" winner with the following artwork chosen by Elisa Theriana to accompany her lovely featured haiku:



 

Cold Moon Journal, Touchstone Awards Nomination, 2021

My thanks to the editor, Roberta Beach Jacobson for nominating the following work for a Touchstone Award:


full moon
a strawberry ripens
in the basket of sky

Cold Moon Journal, June 2021
 

#FemkuMag: haikai poetry by womxn and non-binary folx - Red Moon Anthology Nomination, 2021

My thanks to the editor, Lori Minor, for nominating the followng work for the Red Moon Anthology:


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

2nd Place
2021 Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest
 

#FemkuMag: haikai poetry by womxn and non-binary folx - Touchstone Awards Nomination, 2021

Grateful to the editor, Lori Minor, for nominating the following work for the Touchstone Awards:


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

2nd Place
2021 Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest


bristlegrass
you take offence
so easily

#FemkuMag, Issue 30, July 2021
 

#FemkuMag: haikai poetry by womxn and non-binary folx - Issue 31, November 2021

constructed reality the world view from my sickbed


spill/age (.)(.)


abs(dis)traction


onion skin
you  p e e l  my layers
and i weep




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

December 9, 2021


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

Honourable Mention
Fleeting Words Tanka Competition 2021


ghost pumpkins
winter arrives without
a sound

Third Place
International Haiku Contest on the Theme of Gourds, 2020


frigid weather
a red rose shatters
on impact

Editor's Choice
Cattails, April 2021

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

Featured Artist: December 10, 2021


Note: this haiku was first published in The Heron's Nest XXII #2, June 2020


 

Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, Number 55, December 2021

laundry day
we learn to wring out
our anger


Contemporary Haibun Online, Issue 17.3, December 2021

My thanks to Ron Moss for selecting my work for the haiga showcase feature, and for his lovely commentary!


Debbie Strange's work has been published widely; her haiku and art are always of a top standard. In this gallery we can see how she combines colors and shapes to create mesmerizing images, and then pairs them with poems that deepen the experience.


Haiga Showcase Feature:

Wow! The colors and shapes of "city skyline" ensure that this haiga will stand out anywhere. The clever visual of repeated shapes connects well with the one-line haiku, which is nicely balanced at the bottom of the image.


The "hammered dulcimer" is a lovely kaleidoscope of shapes and colors, with a touch of texture and human emotion. The text has been balanced well on the image and contained in a small box, which allows for readability amongst all the busyness.


"Our bodies" offers another strong image. The tree takes the whole frame, and the white space surrounding it gives us room to breathe. The haiku's use of the curving wind echoes the leaning tree, making everything come together in a balanced way.


Two strong brushstrokes compose the main visual of "the wingspan," and they're countered nicely by the vertical text—something that is not easy to achieve. The subtle background colors give us a feeling of a sky in the digital realm.




 

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

 Curated by Sherry Grant


Collaborative Haiga Feature: December 21, 2021


(Note: This collaborative haiga was first published in Frameless Sky 15, December 2021. My thanks to Elisa Theriana who wrote this lovely haiku, and chose my artwork to accompany it in the Frameless Sky 15 "Take the Challenge" contest.)



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

 Curated by Sherry Grant


Haiga Feature: December 21, 2021


(Note: this haiku was first published in The Heron's Nest 22.1, March 2020)



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

 Curated by Sherry Grant


Haiga Feature: December 11, 2021


(Note: this haiku was first published in The Heron's Nest XXII #2, June 2020, and the haiga first appeared at Daily Haiga on December 10, 2021)


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

Curated by Sherry Grant


Haiga Feature: December 11, 2021


(Note: this haiga was first published in Incense Dreams 3.1, October 2019)

 

Bull-Headed: Haiku, 2021

My thanks to the editor, Corine Timmer, for including my work in this anthology, and for donating the proceeds to "Care for Cows Vrindavan"!


highland steer the shagginess of my covid hair


please note: this work was submitted as a monoku, but was published as a three-line haiku in error


 

Temple, British Haiku Society Members' Anthology, 2021

moon bridge
the arch of a dragonfly
laying eggs

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 31, Number 4, November 2021

a woolly bear's
segmented colours . . .
firebreak


we shelter beneath
our cedar-strip canoe
heavy rain
hammers nails of light
into the water


a rabbit's head
falls out of the dusk
I stand transfixed
as a horned owl's wing
silently lifts my hair


note: This tanka is based on an actual event. A horned owl dropped his dinner on our balcony, and then swooped in to retrieve it. A truly magical (albeit, gruesome) moment!

Akitsu Quarterly, Winter 2021

circling wolves a cyclone of reindeer in the forecast


humid cave
ice pillars thrust
upward


My thanks to the editor, Robin White, for featuring this haiga on the back cover!





 

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, 5:1, Autumn-Winter 2021-2022

night of stars
the singing bowl
of our campfire


lifting fog
the day breaks into
something other