The April 2018 issue of cattails: the Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society is out. Here is the link to the issue:
I have three poems included–a haiku, a senryu and a tanka.
My thanks to the editors for selecting these poems to be published.
It’s a real honor to have three tanka and one haiku published in a favorite journal of mine, Blithe Spirit. My thanks to editor Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy for his support and encouragement.
Blithe Spirit, Volume 28, Number 1, Journal of the British Haiku Society, February Issue 2018
in the warm spring air
each strand of lace
… like you
an early daffodil
frozen in a bed of snow
you left us
we were ready
into chicken soup
I imagine my mother –
how I wish we had
fading to nothing
as we age
Milkweed Pods by Lucie Veilleux aka 3dots
In Washington, DC, the winners and runners up of the Golden Triangle Haiku Competition are displayed in individual signs on downtown streets. Mine placed third out of over 1,675 entries from 45 countries and 34 states, and the District of Columbia. This was quite a nice surprise for me. This year’s contest theme was “Spring in the City.”
Here is a press release giving background of this competition:
Use this link to read all the haiku that are now on signs on Washington DC streets.
Photo by Theodor Horydcz, Tidal Basin with Cherry Blossoms, Washington, DC
Not mine, but this is an example of how all the haiku are displayed in the Farragut Square area of Washington, DC
One of my very favorite poetry journals, hedgerow, a journal of small poems, published this haiku in their print issue #122. Isn’t the cover picture gorgeous?
new year moon—
My thanks to Caroline Skanne, the poet/editor behind this lovely journal.
In the November, 2017 issue of Blithe Spirit, the Journal of the British Haiku Society, these tanka and haiku were published. All poems are (c) 2017 Mary Kendall.
we examine the tiny rooms
in barely a whisper
the full moon pushes
left under a cup
her only way
to hold on
the slow uncurling
of the fiddleheads
one by one
learning to let go
is never easy
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.