Saturday, October 13, 2018

2018 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festiva (VCBF) Haiku Invitational

This was totally unexpected! I got an email early September that my haiku had been selected as Best in the USA category. I had submitted a few times to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival haiku contest in the past, but I had just won honorable mention last year. This year I am one of the 6 top winners! Thank you to the organizers and judges and congratulations to all the winners. 



I'm so thrilled to find out that the top poems in six main categories (Vancouver, BC, Canada, United States, International and Youth) will receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the 2018 festival some which include: publication in The Bulletin magazine, Haiku Canada newsletter, an online publication in the newsletter of the Haiku Society of America, printing in a chapbook hand-folded and bound by Victoria-based Leaf Press and publication on the VCBF website. Winning poems will be read by Christopher Gaze at the VSO’s Tea & Trumpets Concert, at our media-kickoff event, Cherry Jam Downtown concert by media celebrity emcee and celebrated at Sakura Days Japan Fair  Leith Wheeler Haiku House.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

25 Rhyming Kyoka

Delighted to be included here - 25 Rhyming Kyoka edited by Michael H. Lester. Thank you so much, Michael, for selecting my poem Congratulations to everyone! 


Enjoy the all the rhyming kyoka.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Annual Tanka Contest 2018 (Mandy's Pages)

I didn't expect this so I was so thrilled when I found out about it. It pays to resubmit a poem in another journal or contest even after it had been rejected. You just never know! 



Here is the comment of this year's judge, Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy.

 Another trim poem that says a lot in a few words.

There are two strands I read here- one of how “my wanting you” is sticky? And also how and how much “I want you” to love me back. Related but separate. Another interesting take for me as reader, that the author may not have made in mind, is how the sap of frangipani, which is toxic, can also be a balm for certain skin conditions. So another cautionary tale here- in small amounts, it’s all good. Make it too much, and it all goes to pot.

Isn’t this the trap into which many of us fall whilst we love? To be too close for comfort! That can leave one claustrophobic and screaming for some fresh air. This lack of space can often be the death knell to many a relationship.

Click here to enjoy all the winning selection and judge's comment.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

2018 Tanka Society of America Sanford Goldstein Tanka Contest

There were 81 participants from 9 countries: Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, UK, and the USA, for a total of 476 entries! 

Honorable Mention




The judges' report on my poem. 

As sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, and each of us who navigate the road of family, this poem is filled with perfect imagery—the fallen apple. The apple is an archetypal image for fairy tales such as Snow White and told in religion tales like the apple of Adam and Eve. The apple carries a plethora of childhood memories: apple pies, bobbing for apples, worms hidden deep, star seeds, health, sweetness, bitterness, and so on. Even more, the poet mentions polishing off the dirt to make the apple shine, and the absence of mother-in-law’s words. What more would she say? What is she saying in the unsaid? We were struck by the ease of how the poem read and the depth of its story. This made our minds swirl with perspective and intrigue, something well done by this poet.

To enjoy all the judges' report and winning selection, click here

Monday, June 18, 2018

Inaugural Issue of Ephemerae (part 3)

Finally, these two tanka were published! Both had been in my to-revise-notepad for quite some time.


After some revisions and a little help from the editor of Ephemerae, this was finally accepted. 


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Inaugural Issue of Ephemerae (part 1)

I'm so honored to have this tanka sequence, a collaboration with fellow poets, published in the first issue of Ephemerae. Thanks to the editor, Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy, for accepting this!
Different Paths



the wattle dies
from too much water
all the ways

he finds to avoid
saying 'I love you'                                                   David Terelinck


low clouds
swallow the echoes
thicken the dark
for the last kilometer
no words between us                                             Violette Rose-Jones


full stop
at a fork in the road
this time
will we choose
different paths                                                         Carol Judkins


row upon row
of casino slots . . .
the odds

of loving for life,
of beating the house                                               Donna Buck


street kids
jingling coins
in tin cups
weighing the value
of the little we've left                                               Christine L. Villa


patterns
across the cliff face
lives sculpted
by summer dream
and winter storms . . .                                             Carole Harrison




Friday, June 15, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Ito En Art of Haiku contest 2017

Another news today! I just received this from Ito En the Art of Haiku Contest - Semifinalist for the month of February. This is the February Semifinalists page of "Shukan NY Seikatsu." The Ito En website will be updated soon. Congratulations to Jessica Malone Latham, Barbara Kaufmann, Earl Keener, Neal Whitman, Valentina Ranaldi-Adams, and Raj K. Bose.

Here is my monoku:


tight ponytail my urgent to-do list


Haiku Windows

Happy to see my haiku for the first time in Haiku Windows. I am honored to be in good company. Congratulations to Madhuri Pillai and Tia Haynes, Adjei Agyei-Baah, Amy Losak, Aparna Pathak, Arvinder Kaur, Carmen Sterba Russell, Carol Raisfeld, Christina Sng, Debbi Antebi, Garry Eaton, Kathabela Wilson, Marilyn Ashbaugh, Marta Majorka Chociłowska, Michael Henry Lee, Michael H. Lester, Olivier Schopfer, Patricia Davis, Rachel Sutcliffe, and many others. Head over Haiku Windows on The Haiku Foundation website here