Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Maya Lyubenova International Haiku Contest, 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:

Theme: music

estuary light
the treble clefs
of flamingos

2nd Place
Third Maya Lyubenova International Haiku Contest, 2022

#BeHereWinnipeg Poetry Contest, Assiniboine River "Helix Path", December 2021

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:


the shimmer
of diamonds on snow
and water
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

we walk
under laden boughs
into silence
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)


Whitehorse Public Library Haiku Display, April 2022

 Curated by kj munro

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

5th Honourable Mention
2018 Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition

The Heron's Nest, Volume 23, 2021

the things we name
and those we don't

Tanka Society of America Twitter Sci-fi Special Feature, April 2022

Curated by Susan Burch

Day 19 - April 19, 2022

(note: this tanka art first appeared in Scryptic 1.4, March 2018)


Stardust Haiku, Issue 63, March 2022

mackerel sky
the abstract patterns
of existence

Ribbons, Volume 18, Number 1, Winter 2022


Presence, Number 72, March 2022

anise pods
the star fields we plant
in memory of you

no bluebirds
return to the nest box . . .
stone-washed sky

strung across
this mountain's ribcage
a necklace
of tattered prayer flags
rises and falls like breath

Mariposa, Number 46, Spring/Summer 2022

this galaxy I carry
in my pocket

the river
spews its wrath between
canyon walls . . .
our humanity foundering
in this pandemic's wake

(note: this tanka was printed incorrectly as "on this...)

Fireflies' Light: A Magazine of Short Poems, Issue 25, March 2022


Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 7, Issue 76, April 2022

My thanks to Mike Rehling for selecting these haiga:

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

April 1, 2022

tracks of birds
meander through snow . . .
the surgeon
marks her left breast
with a cross

1st Place
British Haiku Society Awards, 2016

April 4, 2022

fireflies the synchronicity of it all

1st Place
Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition, 2021

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

2nd Place
Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest, 2021
Longlisted for the Touchstone Awards, 2021

Contemporary Haibun Online, Issue 18.1, April 2022

Haiga Gallery: selected by Ron Moss


Contemporary Haibun, Volume 17, Red Moon Press, 2022

Honoured to have this haiga chosen by Ron Moss for Contemporary Haibun!


Sakura Haiku Challenge Anthology - Consulate General of Japan in Toronto, 2022

The following haiga was presented online for the Sakura Haiku Challenge:


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

 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.

Brass Bell, April 2022

 Theme: haiku happiness

sand furrows
new guitar strings imprint
my fingertips

Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2022

Honoured to have the following haiga featured on the inner front cover. Thank you, Robin!


Serow: Journal of the Akita International Haiku Network, Volume 5, Spring 2022

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.