I’m thrilled that my haiku “shortest day” was selected for inclusion in Dust Devils: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016.
The Red Moon Anthology “…assembles each year the finest haiku and related forms published around the world in English.” The poems are voted in by a panel of 11 editors from a selection of more than 3,000 haiku and related works. It’s an honour to be included in this anthology.
My haiku was first published in Modern Haiku, Winter-Spring 2016.
photo credit: chibitomu Cherry Pink via photopin (license)
I was pleased that two of my haiku submitted to the The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2016 Haiku Invitational were selected for a British Columbia Award. A total of 696 poets participated in six categories, submitting a total of 1,384 haiku.
a bit of cheer
for the busker’s cup
~ Sakura Award
of falling petals
cherry blossom jazz
~ Honourable Mention
I was delighted that my haiku “cherry blossoms” was selected from nearly 1000 entries in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s 2015 Haiku Invitational in the Best British Columbia category.
come and go
my seventy years
This wistful poem reflects on the passing of time, presenting the idea that the years of one’s life can pass as quickly as a cherry’s blooms. We can also surmise that the poet has paid attention to many blossom seasons as they have gone by, suggesting a deep-seated love for the beauty of spring and perhaps for the poet’s own life as well. Prufrock measured his life in coffee spoons, but here the poet measures life with something lovelier and more colourful. The result causes us, as readers, to reflect on the joy and sadness in the passing of time in our own lives as well.
I am delighted to have won an honourable mention in the Third Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards. My haiku was selected from 1,868 entries from around the world. You can read the judge’s comments and the other winning haiku here.
My entry selected by judge Roberta Beary is: