Hello and welcome to the haiku podcast, despite everything that’s going on in the world time seems to be flying by this year and it’s already May.
There’s lots to tell you about today. Let’s start with the journal which as you will know is now out and covers the episodes animals, love and recipes, as well as a couple of renku. Thank you to everyone who’s bought it so far, it is only available as a print journal and only available at Amazon. It was by far the easiest way to do it without being too complicated. I’m very grateful to you for all the positive feedback you’ve given me. Thank you very much.
I admit to being very nervous about it, particularly as I was unable to get my hands on a proof copy. They don’t send them to Switzerland. So a massive shout out to my lovely daughter Imogen who lives in London who became the recipient of my proof copy and spent some time going through it with me. It’s really becoming a family affair, which is nice.
There’s a bit of a change to the show notes for these podcast specials. Up till now I’ve been putting all the details of the poets in the show notes. Thanks to the popularity of the podcast I’m delighted to say we have more and more submissions and our little community is growing bigger. So I’ve taken the opportunity to start a poets’ directory. You should find details all of today’s poets in the directory, let me know if I’ve missed someone and as the weeks go by I’ll make sure that everyone who submitted to the podcast and had work read out will be in the directory. Please check the directory and make sure that you’re happy with what’s in there. I’ve used the information you’ve given me but maybe there are some updates, new books or blogs that you’d like included. It’s sorted by first names, after all we are becoming a community of friends and friends use first names, don’t they?
I have lots of thank yous in today’s podcast and here’s another one. Thank you very much to all those who noticed the new buy me a coffee button on the website and have bought me a coffee. It was terribly exciting to get the email notification, thank you. If you’re wondering what I’m on about, when you go to the website you’ll see a new orange buy me a coffee button. It allows you, if you want to, no pressure, to donate whenever you feel like it to the work I do on the podcast.
Now a little bit of news on the Pea TV moments. If you remember when I started I said I would keep it going as long as I was well. I am well but I have injured my neck again which makes it hard to post as much as I would like and as the lockdown is easing here in Switzerland and in other places around the world thank goodness, I’m going to reduce the posting of Pea TV moments. Don’t worry my plan is to post three times a week Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as long as you keep sending me videos and don’t forget send videos in landscape mode. My thanks to everyone for the support for this project. Have you subscribed to the youtube channel? If not why not, no excuses. Here’s the link.
Enough of me wittering on, it’s time to hear some haiku & senryu. As usual I’ll start with pieces of work published elsewhere and then I’ll move onto pieces of work written specially for us and a reminder if you haven’t submitted to the ageing podcast, you still have time as the deadline is the June 1st . Emails only please.
above the mountain mountains of the moon
in the eggshell after the chick has hatched
Haiku in English The first 100 years edited by Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland, Allan Burns
every goodbye falls differently last snow
“The Comfort of Crows”
Hifsa Ashraf and Alan Summers
(Velvet Dusk Publishing, December 2019)
labyrinth i walk into and out of myself
3rd Place, 2018 San Francisco Int’l Competition for Haiku, Senryu and Tanka
aura i unfold it into the star night sky
Anna Maris and writes haiku in Swedish and English. Her poems have been anthologised in ten different languages, including Japanese, Bulgarian and Farsi. She has two single collections of haiku in Swedish. Her latest haiku collection Lifedeathetc is published by Red Moon Press in the US. Anna teaches haiku at schools in Sweden within a program funded by the Swedish Arts Council. She also guest lectures at universities and colleges in Sweden. Anna is a contributor to Blithe Spirit, the haiku journal of the British Haiku Society. She is also a board member of the Swedish Haiku society.
Last month her book “days blur” was published by Proletaria in Singapore. The book is free to download at proletaria.org. She also publishes her poems on instagram @haikupoeten (which means the haiku poet in Swedish)
clear day at the horizon the sky the sea
Is a phonologist by training and an English teacher by accident. Srinivas S currently lives and works in Chennai, India. His downtime interests include cricket and poetry. He started writing haiku only a year ago, and he likes the form because it allows him ample opportunity to record simple moments even when on the move.
dandelion puffs: all the phases of the moon
Faye Brinsmead’s short fictions have been published in many US and UK online journals and several print anthologies. A lifelong reader of haiku, she hasn’t written many herself – until now. She lives in Canberra, Australia, where she works as a legislative drafter for the Australian government. She tweets microfiction and haiku @ContesdeFaye.
Her haiku e-chapbook, “among my molecules”, has been published by proletaria.
brisk afternoon through a hole in the roof insults
Gary Hittmeyer was born in Brooklyn, NY during the fabulous fifties. A semi-retired IT worker, he currently lives quietly in the beautiful Hudson River Valley of New York State,where he enjoys NY Mets baseball, silver age comics, BBC crime dramas, classic rock, and Japanese short form poetry. He has been published in a variety of online and print haiku journals.
across the winter where a crocus is
**Kat Lehmann (Layman)
Kat Lehmann holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and an unwavering awe of nature and the process of personal transformation. Her poems have been published in frogpond, Mayfly, Rattle, and elsewhere. Her third book, Stumbling Toward Happiness: Haibun and Hybrid Poems (2019), shares her meditative notes of self-exploration. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @SongsOfKat.
The rain adjusts my dress to an appropiate size
Lavana Kray is from Romania.
She is passionate about writing and photography. As a photographer, she was featured in a few collective exhibitions, while also organizing a few of her own.
World Haiku Association (where she has been awarded the status of Master Haiga Artist) has selected some of her works for the photo-haiku Exhibition in Japan and Parma, Italy.
She joined the United Haiku and Tanka Society, as Cattails Haiga Editor.
though the sky has no edges horizon
**David J Kelly
David is an ecologist, based in Dublin, Ireland. His hobbies can be summarised as birds and words. His short form poetry has been widely published and his second collection, Small Hadron Divider, was published by Red Moon Press in April 2020.
where a life ends, the shapes of April wind
Damir Damir was born in today’s non-existent Yugoslavia (present day Montenegro). A sailor by profession, a poet by vocation, and a dharma bum by choice. Back home in Belgrade Damir is the president of Haiku Poetry Lovers Association Santoka. He has published three collections of haiku poems Imprints of dreams, Freedom in the Mist and Filigree Memories. His poems have been published in many significant contemporary haiku journals and anthologies, both in the country and abroad. He is the winner of several international haiku awards.
longing to belong first snow
strangling my favorite apple tree russian ivy
winter storm gathering inside the scream of unspoken words
just when I’d forgotten you bumblebee
Dr Tim Gardiner
winter deep bones frozen
noontide I become my shadow
a line on the wireless draws me in
dusk a lake of chocolate
Roberta Beach Jacobson
soft white baby blanket of snow
tweeting sparrows mobbing a crow
spring shadow of winter almost gone
Willie R Bongcaron
Dutch evening landscape only the horizon
night sets in body aches
Tiffany Shaw Diaz
navigating through stars a star my just wishes
I wipe off the dust of isolation – filling time
breathless kisses the effort to pretend all is well
a child with a pure heart sees unicorns
Linda L Ludwig
his first peach blossoms daring to bloom
Fireflies dropping beads of light expired in the moment
Katherine E Winnick
tamarillo branch a leaf or a bird or a leaf or a bird
daffendils a memory of childhood
vertigo the tightening spiral of my thoughts
blooming belladonna how deadly my thoughts
monday how I grow beyond myself
fragrant cypress -a new cutting board
lingering among the winds willow
deep woods prodding the innermost self
cold fog lingering off-shore… the beach closures
the stillness of sleep moon flowers
a dark cloud lightens into a peacock song
after the meteor shower old stars
one wave my tongue remembers the sea
a shadow slow in the window the moon
m shane pruett
at dusk the sigh of waves in sync with mine
spring blossoms maybe later
wild berries in the colander slow-dripping rain
beneath yellow sleep early thunder
valentine day mascara massacre
laundry day my daughter folds a paper crane
in the riverbed a memory of the stream
to stroll a garden peacock
Deborah P Kolodji
seven springs of rain wisteria blossoms
wendy c bialek
spring skin the one petal makes the difference
the veil lifts revealing nothing
outstretched hawk slips the wind between branches
just when I learned to walk the haiku path a monoku
I’ll be back with another podcast in two weeks, tackling another topic related to the writing of haiku and in a months time of course we’ll hear from you again with your haiku and senryu on the topic of ageing. Don’t forget the deadline is the 1st of June, emails only please.
Thank you so much for coming along and listening today, for sending me feedback and for writing for us. If you haven’t written for us before or perhaps you haven’t submitted to any publications, feel free to submit to the podcast. I’m happy to say that many people have submitted here first and grown in confidence to submit and be successful in their submissions elsewhere.
Well until next time I hope you stay safe and well wherever you are in the world and don’t forget even if you don’t submit…. keep writing.
Do go and have a look at the poets’ directory and if you have the time follow each other on the various social media platforms. It’s always a treat to have new friends even if it’s only virtual at this stage.
If you need any more information just email me. Ciao