the statue of David
stands so tall in the gallery,
I am speechless
in the Italian
I never learned
Published in Ekphrasis: The British Haiku Society Member’s Anthology, 2017
The statue of David by Michelangelo is in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy. It was sculpted between 1501 and 1504.
Under the Basho is an excellent and unusual haiku publication. It is unusual in that submissions and acceptances continue on a rolling basis through the year while other journals have very strict reading periods. It is also unusual in that the journal is divided into various haiku subcategories such as “Traditional haiku,” “Hokku,” “Modern Haiku,” “One-Line Haiku,” “Concrete Haiku,” and “Poet’s Personal Best Haiku.”
This is the second time I’ve had the good fortune of having haiku in Under the Basho in three categories: Modern Haiku, One-Line Haiku and Poet’s Personal Best Haiku.
Here are my three in the Modern Haiku group:
I have two in the One-Line Haiku group:
And I have one selected in the Poet’s Personal Best Haiku category. Poems in this group are haiku or senryu that have already been published:
It is a wonderful way to end the year by having six haiku chosen to appear in this journal. My thanks to the editors for selecting these haiku.