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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Translated into Bulgarian
My thanks to judges, Radu Serban, Iliyana Stoyanova, and Frank Williams for selecting the following haiku, and to Iliyana Stoyanova and Vessislava Savova for the Bulgarian translation:
the treble clefs
Third Maya Lyubenova International Haiku Contest, 2022
Curated by Hazel Borys and the Helix Team
Excerpted from the Winnipeg Free Press, December 30, 2021:
"The Assiniboine River walking trail known as the helix path has returned for a second consecutive year.
The path debuted last winter as a safe space for visitors to get fresh air during the COVID-19 lockdown and now returns for the same reason.
This year's path extends nearly 60 metres and mimics the helix pattern from last year, which was specifically designed to promote social distancing while using the space.
Borys said organizers are planning to add music this year to accompany the return of the path's popular poetry contest and live yoga sessions."
My thanks to Hazel for selecting the following tanka triptych as a poetry winner, which was subsequently frozen into a block of ice and lit with candle lanterns along the Helix Path:
of diamonds on snow
sometimes we take
small gifts for granted
on Groundhog Day
we speak of shadows
etched on snow
forgetting how we lengthen
into filaments of light
under laden boughs
a place of worship,
this architrave of snow
(note: this triptych appears in my full-length collection, Three-Part Harmony: Tanka Verses, published by Keibooks in 2018)
the star fields we plant
in memory of you
return to the nest box . . .
this mountain's ribcage
of tattered prayer flags
rises and falls like breath
this galaxy I carry
in my pocket
spews its wrath between
canyon walls . . .
our humanity foundering
in this pandemic's wake
(note: this tanka was printed incorrectly as "on this...)
April 1, 2022
tracks of birds
meander through snow . . .
marks her left breast
with a cross
British Haiku Society Awards, 2016
April 4, 2022
fireflies the synchronicity of it all
Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition, 2021
Fata Morgana the (in)visibility of my (dis)ability
Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest, 2021
Longlisted for the Touchstone Awards, 2021
Haiga feature on the theme of "dreams": April 4, 2022
During the pandemic, my dreams are often coloured by loneliness. The term "eremocene" (meaning The Age of Loneliness) perfectly reflects my emotions during these troublesome times.
Happy to have the following three haiga included in this issue featuring 5/7/5 format on the theme of yūgen:
This issue also features reflections on making haiga, and the following is my contribution:
Making haiga serves as my daily meditation. It helps to distract me from chronic illness, and brings me much joy! I use a variety of techniques, such as ink, watercolour, photography, and digital components in my original artworks. Sometimes the poem comes first, and at other times, the art begs me for words! The Haiku Foundation Haiga Galleries feature several examples of my work. There is something timeless about haiga and the way in which it elevates both the haiku and the art, expanding the scope of each so that they resonate in a more profound way.