Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tinywords: Photo Prompt, September 2022

scarred dock
masts carve our initials
into the water

Stardust Haiku, Issue 69, September 2022

prairie sky
a flock of blackbirds
mimics the rain

Scarlet Dragonfly Journal, September 2022

September 23, 2022


Five Fleas (Itchy Poetry), September 2022

my garden lexicon











Fireflies' Light: A Magazine of Short Poems, Issue 26, September 2022


Daily Haiku: Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog, September 2022

Special Feature: September 18, 2022

busker's hat
a child offers coins
of dried lunaria

1st Place
Bloodroot Haiku Award, 2022

a meadowlark sings
me out of myself

1st Place
Drifting Sands Monuments #1 Contest, 2022

rain's unkept promise
crops wither
in the dust of dreams
passed down to me

1st Place
Drifting Sands Monuments #1 Contest, 2022

Monday, September 12, 2022

Trash Panda: Life in the Anthropocene in 17 Syllables or Less, Volume 3, Summer 2022

not enough
to go around . . .
water table

Fireflies' Light 25, March 2022

there is no escape . . .
ghost nets

Failed Haiku 7.75, March 2022

(note: both of these haiku/senryu first appeared as haiga)

Tsuri-doro: A Small Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Issue #11, September/October 2022

braided bamboo
the adoption papers
are approved

Stardust Haiku, Issue 68, August 2022

rainy season
black branches dripping
with sparrows

Shamrock Haiku Journal, Number 48, September 2022

Grateful to have the following four haiku chosen for the final issue of the highly esteemed Shamrock Haiku Journal:

elk rut
the screech of a gate
I didn't fix

dead conifer
a stairway of fungi
to the stars

lock-keeper's pipe
a pelican swallows
the last light

a driftwood bird
takes flight

Scarlet Dragonfly Journal, August 2022

August 29, 2022


Our Best Haiga: Black & White Haiga/Haisha, September 2022

 Curated by Lavana Kray

September 2, 2022

(Note: this haiga was first published in colour in Haigaonline, January 2018)

September 19, 2022

(note: this haiku was first published in the Haiku Canada Review 11.2, 2017)

GUSTS, Number 35, Spring/Summer 2022 - Favourite Tanka

My thanks to Joanna Ashwell for choosing the following tanka as a favourite from GUSTS 35:

leaving home
for the first time
my carpetbag
filled to bursting
with butterflies

Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Art, August 2022

My thanks to Ankh Spice for providing the beautiful photography prompt for this Twitter challenge!


Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 7, Issue 81, September 2022

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


Daily Haiku: Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog, August 2022

August 28, 2022

puzzle pieces
missing the way
we fit together

Prune Juice, Issue 15, March 2015

Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, Number 58, September 2022

paper boat
a spider sails across
the pond

in memoriam
a drift of shells
at low tide

Brass Bell, September 2022

Theme: homeplace

saskatchewan plain(s)ongs meadowlarks on my mind

Bottle Rockets, Vol. 24, Number 1 (or #47), August 2022

train trestle
the age-old melodies
of stones

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 32, Number 3, August 2022

dented culvert
a bear blocking light
at the end

we weave
between tamaracks
a bird's song that tugs
at the thread of memory

through dense sedges
we rest
on flattened beds
made by calving elk

Akitsu Quarterly, Fall 2022

we scour blackened pots
with horsetail

The Bloo Outlier Journal, Issue 3, Summer 2022

The Natural History Issue

I shade my eyes
for a better look . . .
northern shrike

the gular fluttering
of a heron

the fault
in my landing gear . . .
mud hens

northern harrier
the high-speed internet
of prairie dogs

turning with the tides . . .
rust-pocked helm

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Drifting- Sands-Haibun, Issue 16, July 2022

Thrilled to receive two of ten awards for haiku and tanka in the Monuments Contest No. 1, in memory of Rachel Sutcliffe. My thanks to the judges, Richard Grahn and Christopher Seep (who provided his inspiring photographs)!

a meadowlark sings
me out of myself

First Place Haiku

rain's unkept promise
crops wither
in the dust of dreams
passed down to me

First Place Tanka

Also delighted that the following haiga was chosen for this issue's cover:

(Note: this haiku received a Haiku Laureate Award in the 2021 Hexapod Contest)

Viewing Stone Association of North America, August 2022

Feature: Poems, Prose, and Paintings


Wales Haiku Journal, Summer 2022

artificial reef
an eagle ray flies
from room to room

the silk tunnel
of a webspinner . . .

alpine trail
the breath
we give away

Stardust Haiku, Issue 67, July 2022

forest meditation
the whispersongs
of Canada jays

Scarlet Dragonfly Journal, July 2022

July 27, 2022


Presence, Number 73, July 2022

 a scavenging of gulls this bickering over the dead

komorebi . . .
you are still with me
in this moment

(note: komorebi - sunlight filtering through trees)

a rusty camper
peeks through barn doors . . .
so many adventures
still waiting for the time
we never seem to have

Haiga in Focus, Issue 52, August 2022

 Curated by Claudia Brefeld

Translated into German

Honoured to have the following haiga chosen as the favourite from this issue:

Claudia's Commentary:

The ripe panicle aspires to catch the sun's rays. Is it a sunrise or a sunset in which the grain sways? In the sun and with the sun everything completes. At the same time, holistic thoughts are formed simply and unobtrusively, incorporating a before and after. A large space of reverberation is created, which we can wander through, in which we may lose ourselves without having to feel lost. Nevertheless, melancholy also resonates. It is a contemplation on the quiet tones of life.

Frogpond, Vol. 45, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2022

the sheen
of mermaid's toenails . . .
another oil slick

(note: mermaid's toenails are shiny mollusk shells)

Lineage (a split ku sequence with Christine Villa's work in italics)

family ties

    it always
    winds down to you
    summer river

the horizontal roots

    time capsule
    we pry the lid off
    our youth

of rubber trees

    tire swing
    our laughter brighter
    than the sun

Dwarf Stars 2022 - The Very Best Short Speculative Poems Published in 2021

Honoured to have the following monoku chosen for this anthology. It is one of 120 works selected from 1,371 qualifying poems. My thanks to the editors, Adele Gardner and Greer Woodward!

theremin the things we conjure out of thin air

(note: this monoku first appeared in the following haiga in Failed Haiku 6:65, 2021)

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 7, Issue 80, August 2022

My thanks to Kelly Moyer for selecting the following haiga:

Contemporary Haibun Online, Issue 18.2, August 2022

Haiga Gallery: selected by Ron Moss

Brass Bell, August 2022

Theme: water

calving glacier
i decide when
to let go

(note: this haiku first appeared as a haiga on the cover of Failed Haiku 4:46, 2019)

A Fine Line: The Magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society, Winter 2022

northern lights
the blur of scarves
as skaters pass

Zatsuei Haiku of Merit
2019 R.H. Blyth Award

longer days . . .
I knight my sister
with an icicle

5th Honourable Mention
2018 Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Competition

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Whole Life Soaps Haiku Contest, 2022

Theme: nature's ability to deal with intolerance

Honoured to have the following haiku selected as a "Favourite" (ten haiku chosen from 325 entries) by the judge, William McConnell:

a refugee shelter . . .
clownfish nestle among
sea anemones

Geppo: The Haiku Work-Study Journal of the Yuki Teikei Haku Society, Volume XLV11:2, May 2022

February - April 2022

Honoured to be the featured artist for this issue! Please visit the "Articles/About" tab in this blog to read the feature.






Other work included in this issue:

twilight how purple the dormant butterfly bush

slow thaw
the curling stones
of mallard ducks

paper sunflowers
in the maternity ward . . .
still too soon to say

seasons turn
the way we measure
life expectancy

Spring Challenge Kigo: Spring Breeze (or Spring Wind), harukaze

spring breeze
a porcupette's quills
begin to stiffen

White Enso, Issue 5, July 2022

My thanks to the editor, Linda Gould, for her acceptance of the following haiga sequence based on traditional Japanese seasonal kigo:

spring: willow catkins
summer: sea of clouds
autumn: bird of passage
winter: frost-nipped grass

The Seasons of Sorrow

Friday, July 22, 2022

Under the Basho, 2022

we hang
your threadbare dresses
out to air
the prairie wind waltzes
with you one last time

a meadowlark
spins the morning
into gold . . .
your headstone sinks
deeper every year

I fasten
my broken-down guitar
to the farm gate
nesting bluebirds teach me
an unfamiliar song

Tsuri-doro: A Small Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Issue #10, July/August 2022

we add a layer
to the compost heap . . .
downy woodpecker

Trash Panda: Life in the Anthropocene in 17 Syllables or Less, Volume 1.2, Winter 2021-22

plastic soup
our children inherit
the recipe

Failed Haiku 3:28, 2018

Haiku Society of America Newsletter, Volume 37, Number 7, July 2022

My thanks to the HSA President, Jay Friedenberg, for choosing the following monoku for commentary:

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

Kontinuum, Volume 1.1, 2021

Poets are often afraid of using their art to explore sensitive issues in politics and culture. This monoku does just that. There is a lot of current debate over how gender is determined, for example whether it is primarily biological in nature or more shaped by environment. Debbie Strange sets the stage with the first two words but what follows takes us on an interesting detour. It is the case that some fungi have many thousands of sexes. What then does this mean for people? Nature astounds us with its variety and suggests all sorts of possibilities. There is a hidden lesson in this lesson about the natural world.

Triya Mag: Monsoon Edition, Issue 3.0, July 2022

Thrilled to have the following works translated into Hindi by Team Triya: Teji Sethi, Vaibhav Joshi, and Priti Chahar:

transience . . .
petal by petal
we let go

Winning Haiku (Canada)
2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

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

between the spokes
of your spinning wheel
a dusty web . . .
I never thought our lives
would so quickly unwind

1st Place
2019 British Haiku Society Awards

Triveni Haikai India: haikuKATHA - unfolding the story within, Issue 8, June 2022

My thanks to the editors for including the following haiga:


Triveni Haikai India, June 2022

My thanks to Geethanjali Rajan for selecting the following haiku for the Triveni Spotlight Feature on June 1, 2022:

the yink and yank
of white-breasted nuthatches
we no longer speak 

Modern Haiku, Volume 46, Issue 1, Winter-Spring 2015

Stardust Haiku, Issue 66, June 2022

an angel
holds out her hand . . .
cemetery rain

Scarlet Dragonfly Journal, June 2022

June 22, 2022


Ribbons, Volume 18, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2022

smooth bark
etched with script lichen
we understand
this secret language
better than our own

My thanks to Ryland Shengzhi Li for including my work in the "Contemplative Reading" section of his essay, Deepening Your Reading of Tanka:

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

(Third Place, 2020 San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu and Tanka)

Again, I suggest you try the contemplative reading yourself and reflect on your experience before moving on.

The word that most touches me is "pretending." I feel discomfort. I identify with the glass and feel that I am deceiving the raven, which I take as other people in my life. I also feel guilt and shame blocking me from being my true self. And I feel called to tell the truth and to be true, so as not to hurt others.

In the final contemplation, I realize that the one who suffers most from my deception is not others, but myself. When the raven hits glass, it is the glass that shatters. Like the glass, I am fragile and vulnerable, but also beautiful and worthy of existing in my own right. The earlier call to tell the truth for the sake of not hurting others reflects my empathy for them. But I need to balance that with care for myself and my own needs, which I find all too easy to neglect.

Oddly, when I first read this poem, it did not speak to me. But my contemplative reading helped me to experience the poem in its many layers, and through the poem, to experience layers of myself. Native American poet Joy Harjo describes it like this: when you begin to listen to poetry, you begin to listen to the stones, to clouds, to others—and most importantly, you "begin to learn to listen to the soul, the soul of yourself in here, which is also the soul of everyone else".

Red Lights, Vol. 18, Number 2, June 2022

small hollows
in our cottonwood tree
fill with rain
ruby-crowned kinglets bathe
in secrets only they know


we share
a fairytale moment . . .
this antique book
bound with feathers
and bluebell sap

a citrine
glints on my windowsill
the smallest of suns
on this darkest of days

winter departs
only to return, and yet
we are consoled
by the unchanging
certainty of seasons

powder snow
takes wing behind
downhill skis
our spirits lifting, too
on this bluebird day

(note: "citrine" - a yellow variety of quartz)

Our Best Haiga: Black & White Haiga/Haisha, July 2022

 Curated by Lavana Kray

July 2, 2022

(Note: this tanka received an Honourable Mention in the 2020 British Haiku Society Awards)

July 20, 2022

(Note: this haiga was first published in colour in Cafe Haiku, June 2022)

Kontinuum: kortárs haiku/contemporary haiku, Volume 2, Number 1, July 2022

williwaw this sudden change in our circumstances

steady sleet the ! ! ! ! of gannets

First Frost, #3, Spring 2022

dripping trees
I wait for the right path
to choose me

Ink Sweat and Tears - The Poetry and Prose Webzine - July 2022

Word and Image Feature - July 15, 2022

My thanks to The Repeat Beat Poet for selecting my vispo (visual poetry) "Goodbye"! This piece was created using an original photograph, overpainted and embellished with natural and digital elements, with text culled from my book, The Language of Loss: Haiku & Tanka Conversations (Sable Books 2020).


Hedgerow Poems, Number 138, 2022

equinox snow turns to water turns to snow

Fresh Out: An Arts and Poetry Collective, July 2022

 Featured Artist: July 13, 2022

(Note: this haiku first appeared in Bottle Rockets 23.1, August 2021)

The Cicada's Cry: A Micro-Zine of Haiku Poetry, Summer 2022

birch bark basket
the blue scent
of last year's berries

Frameless Sky, Issue 16, June 2022

This issue is dedicated to the people of Ukraine. Eighty percent of the proceeds will be donated to "Donate to Help Children in Ukraine/Save the Children".  

Honoured to be the featured poet for the "Take the Challenge" contest for this issue. I chose Julie Schwerin's lovely artwork to accompany the following haiku: 

refugees forced
to leave their homes . . .
unused aerie

The following haiga are also included in this issue:


Drifting-Sands-Haibun: A Journal of 21st Century English-language Haibun and Tanka Prose, July 2022

Honoured to have the following haiga included in the Drifting Sands banner slideshow!

(Note: this haiga received the Grand Prix in the 10th Setouchi-Matsuyama Contest)

(Note: this haiku received a Haiku Laureate Award in the 2021 Hexapod Contest)

(Note: this haiku was the Winner (Canada) in the 2017 VCBF Contest)

Daily Haiku: Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog, July 2022

July 22, 2022

broken eggs
in the chicken coop
I read your note

2nd Place
Penumbra Haiku Competition, 2017

Chalk on the Walk Monoku Project (New Zealand) 2022

Curated by Sherry Grant

Haiga Feature: July 14, 2022

(Note: this haiga was first published in colour in Under the Basho, 2018)


Brass Bell, July 2022

Theme: sound/no sound

watersongs the differing frequencies of stones

(note: this monoku first appeared in Otata 25, January 2018)

Australian Haiku Society, 2022

 Winter Solstice Haiku String, June 2022 - theme: climate change

the mass bleaching
of coral reefs . . .
mother's bony hands

Sunday, June 19, 2022

United Haiku and Tanka Society, Fleeting Words Tanka Competition 2022

My thanks to the judge, an'ya, for her lovely commentary!

dried cattails
delicately spun with frost
sweetening the bitterness
of winter without you

2nd Place
2022 Fleeting Words Tanka Competition

Judging Commentary:

In Second Place is this charming tanka by Debbie Strange. Only an experienced and very aware tanka poet would notice that the "dried cattails/delicately spun with frost" look like "confections". This is a fine example of "showing" rather than "telling". She continues showing in the final lines with her use of the words "sweetening", and then relates it to a human element with "the bitterness of winter without you". Debbie has chosen her words very purposely which sets her tanka apart from others. Well done by this author, as usual. Thank you Debbie!

Haiku Canada: Marianne Bluger Awards, 2022

Honoured to receive the 2022 Marianne Bluger Chapbook Award for The Language of Loss: Haiku & Tanka Conversations! My thanks to the judges.

Judging Commentary:

"...and The Language of Loss by Debbie Strange leave one with a feeling of a complete artistic statement authentic to human experience and emotion. Both book and chapbook demonstrate a technical facility that projects the illusion of effortless composition from page to page."

—Lynn Jambor and Roland Packer

STRI: An Idea of She - An Anthology Series of Contemporary World Haiku, 2022

Curated by Amrutha V. Prabhu

YouTube Series - Part 2, June 2022

transience . . .
petal by petal
we let go

Winning Haiku
2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

Our Best Haiga: Black & White Haiga/Haisha, June 2022

 Curated by Lavana Kray

June 13, 2022

(Note: this haiga was first published in Akitsu Quarterly, Fall 2021)

Moonbathing, Issue 26, Spring/Summer 2022

dawn unfurls
with the radiance
of celebration
this day was made
for no one but you


Modern Haiku, Vol. 53.2, Summer 2022

my signature
loses its way . . .
leaf miners

Stratified Layers: Haiku Canada Members' Anthology 2022

outdoor wedding
an unexpected flurry
of cabbage whites

Haiku Laureate Award
Hexapod Haiku Contest, 2021


Fresh Out: An Arts and Poetry Collective, June 2022

 Curated by Eric A. Lohman

Featured Artist: June 18, 2022

(Note: this haiku first appeared in the Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 5:1, 2021-22)

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 7, Issue 78, June 2022

My thanks to Pippa Phillips for selecting the following haiga for the food and drink issue:


Eucalypt, Issue 32, May 2022

maples flame
across the hillside
how modest
our plumage against
the audacity of autumn

Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, Number 57, June 2022

new playlist
the rhyming songs
of humpbacks

our first glimpse
of a bald eagle

Cafe Haiku: The Magazine of the Cafe Haiku Group (Mumbai, Thane, Hyderabad and Chennai), June 2022

Haiga feature on the theme of "emergence": June 14, 2022


Brass Bell, June 2022

Theme: one-line haiku

meteor gone before i can say it

(note: this monoku first appeared in Otata 42, June 2019)

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 32, Number 2, May 2022

the loudness
of contemplation . . .
urban graveyard

fire dancers
twirl the night between
their fingers . . .
your synapses spark
before sputtering out

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, 5:2, Spring-Summer 2022

this path wider
at the beginning . . .

Akitsu Quarterly, Summer 2022

unfurled petals
I flatten the belly
of my brush

brush fire
the five-alarm bells
of prairie dogs

Monday, May 30, 2022