Christine Taylor





fledglings leaving a robin’s nest broken


his car peals

out of the driveway

shattered ice


a frenzy of finches

at the feeder:

disquiet, here


prayers on

her pearl rosary

a frayed noose


a lone

hummingbird at the feeder

suddenly spring




Christine Taylor identifies as multiracial and resides in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey.  She is an English teacher and wannabe librarian at a local independent school who often dreams of dragons.  Her work appears in Modern Haiku, 3Elements Literary Review, Menacing Hedge, and The Paterson Literary Review among others.  She can be found at

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Patrick Deeley



North Mayo Haiku



Our latest clearing –

Nephin keeping its distance

travels with us still.


Wild roses, raindrops;

the stone quarry stands open

to blossom and fall.


A ditched toilet bowl,

a streamlet flowing through it

high on Sralagagh.


All the sun-shot geese

falling now on Annagh Marsh –

a child’s flamingoes.


Fern and celandine,

a mattress printing its own

celandine and fern.


A picnic’s leavings

around Rathlacken court tomb,

the bog closes in.




Patrick Deeley is from County Galway.  His poems have been widely published and translated.  Groundswell: New and Selected, is the latest of his six collections with Dedalus Press.  His memoir, The Hurley Maker’s Son, appeared from Transworld in 2016.



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David He



the winter sun

warms her bedclothes –

open window


rustling leaves

in the bare forest …

unwanted girl



ducklings quack

about the lake


a crow’s feather

turned over by the wind

night glow


twilight settles

on the frozen river

her departing call



David He has been working as an advanced English teacher for 35 years in a high school. So far he has had twenty short English stories published in anthologies. In recent years he has had haiku published in magazines like Acorn, The Heron’s Nest, Presence, Rocket bottles, Frogpond, A One Hundred Gouges, Shamrock, First Literary Review-East , Modern Haiku,Frozen Butterfly and some international magazines. He has also had tanka published in Tanka of America,Skylark, Ribbones and Cattails.

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Ann Christine Tabaka


critters scurry
preparing for winter
a nut cracks my skull


shadows deepen
as autumn nears
time to close the door


a rainy day
falls from the sky
barefooting it




Ann Christine Tabaka lives in Delaware.  She is a published poet and artist. Recent credits: Haiku Journal, Failed Haiku, Sonic Boom, The Cicada’s Cry, Brass Bell, The Zen Space, Zoomoozophone Review, Bear Creek, Brevis, Scifaikuest, Blognostics Haiku, Stanzaic Stylings.

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Steve Black




a life in boxes
the memories her daughters
fought over
priced to clear
in the last hour of the car boot sale

this moment of clarity
a dying star
burns itself out
surrenders to the void
behind the gas works

since the misunderstanding
in marks and spencers
she takes communion
two bus rides away
where no one knows her name

the early light
bleeds out
another documentary
about sharks in big water
and small

his mother away
visiting her sister in margate
he introduces me
to his friend
gabriel from rio de janiero




Steve Black: Other recent work maybe found at the likes of Atlas Poetica, Failed Haiku and Skylark Tanka Journal.

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Charles Tarlton





CARMODY: We ought not take too long describing the winds or the leaves that
                          dance along them. Ah.
BLIGHT: What the older man knows. That’s my objective. 

Then you tell the truth,
when you shift your focus onto
things that bubble up
from below, stark underneath,
you can’t stop them coming up.

His mouth hangs widely
open, his truths unable
to form themselves
into solid things, they flutter
on the stale wind of his breath.

When time is spent,
and once spent not to be found
again. All the things
I did but can’t remember, how
love slides away like a dream.





Charles Tarlton is a retired professor living and writing poetry in Northampton, MA with his wife, Ann Knickerbocker, an abstract painter.

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Deborah P Kolodji



long nights
of political discussions
the sun anyway


rocky shore
blunt tentacles of a green surf


spring concert
blossoms blown
from the trumpet tree


sheltering roots
of the old oak
box turtle dreams


restaurant receipts
the bitterness
of hotel coffee


irreconcilable differences
the black hole


Deborah P Kolodji is the moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group and has published over 900 haiku.  Her first full length book of haiku and senryu, highway of sleeping towns, is available from Shabda Press.


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