Ramesh Anand

 

 

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autumn sky
patches of twilight
in the falling leaf

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distant hill
a river carrying
the spring

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peak hour . . .
a flock of sparrows pass
the evening moon

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sun bath
an eagle circles
the day moon

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rainbow season
warmth and coldness
in me

 

 

Ramesh Anand authored Newborn Smiles, a book of haiku poetry published by Cyberwit.Net Press. His haiku and tanka has appeared in many publications, across 14 countries. His haiku has been translated in German, Serbian, Japanese, Croatian, Romanian, Telugu and Tamil. He blogs at ramesh-inflame.blogspot.com.

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Roger Jones

 

 

A Photo from the Fifties

snow globe
shaking up a new maelstrom
watching it settle

Overnight, a snowstorm has claimed our town. The neighbor’s houses and yards are coated.  Snow swallows the old DeSoto.  No one’s outside except my father, sister, and two cousins, all of whom run across the empty lot next door. They’ve taken sides for a snowball fight.  My cousin, father, lean to wad up new snowballs. My sister, dodging a cousin’s throw, is laughing.  In the foreground, aged five or so, I’m just off the porch in my furry ear-muffs. Mouth open, I’m shouting at whoever is taking the picture.

her sudden laughter –
a sheet of ice comes sliding
off the church roof

winter boots by the door
a round puddle
growing on the newspaper

 

 

 

Roger Jones has published haiku, haibun and tanka in various journals over the past few years.  His haibun collection Goodbye, selected as the Snapshot Press e-chapbook award winner for 2012-13, will be published soon.  He teaches writing in Texas, and has published three other collections of poetry.  Twitter: @haibunator

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M. Kei

 

 

five tanka 

 

bomb threat

at the Wal-mart—

customers and associates

shivering under

the autumn sky

 

 

kisses

like bruises

and the

dark shadow

of memory

 

 

waking at

my accustomed hour,

a dream of rain

still damp on the bark

of autumn trees

 

 

having lost

her keys,

my daughter

comes tapping

at my morning window

 

 

I could

give you the stars

in winter,

if only you would

step outside

 

 

M. Kei is a tall ship sailor and award-winning poet. He is the editor-in-chief of Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, and the author of Slow Motion : The Log of a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack (Recommend Reading by the Chesapeake Bay Project). He is the editor of Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka and compiler of the Bibliography of English-Language Tanka. He has published over 1500 tanka poems. He also published a gay Asian-themed fantasy novel, Fire Dragon.

 

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A Haibun from Matthew Paul

 

 

The Great Storm

So the three of us are sat there like Compo, Foggy and Clegg,
on the trunk of a storm-wrenched oak between Gallows Pond
and the sugar-maple plantation starting to turn; sharing a joint
and genial nonsense.

Mike relates what happened when the storm arrived last week,
just after our mate Dave’s stag do: he’d got home to the house
he shares with his brother and the frontman of a soon-to-be
seminal prog-punk band, guzzled a mugful of magic mushroom tea
and came up to Foetus and The Fall; wandered the wind-fisted
streets, taking/not-taking everything in – the lampposts snapped
at ninety degrees, fences wrecked like a set of smashed-in teeth,
road-signs pointing in the wrong direction as if the War were still on
– until he finally returned hours later, to gurn in delight and alarm
as his front-door key drooped before the lock, like a candle melting
back into itself.

bone-rattling winds
the taste of painkillers
colours my world

 

 

 

Matthew Paul has a blog at http://matthewpaulpoems.blogspot.co.uk/ , has recently had poems in Fire, Poets from Art (Ed. Pascale Petit) and at Nth Position; is Associate Editor for Presence magazine; and co-wrote/edited (with John Barlow) Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku   (Snapshot Press, 2008).

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Richard Thomas

 

Five Haiku

 

summer air thickens

two fruit bats make love

under the streetlight

 

 

numb about love

the honeybee

rejects its first flower

 

 

first spider on the moon -

he on my yellow

bathroom wall

 

 

Roman arch -

an old beggar sits

frowning at girls

 

 

ker-runch

all the snails of the universe

on their way out

 

 

Richard Thomas is a 26 year old poet living in Plymouth. His work is published in journals internationally, he was shortlisted for the National Poetry Competition 2011 and he is the editor of the poetry e-zine Symmetry Pebbles. Richard’s debut collection of poetry The Strangest Thankyou is out now through Cultured Llama.  This is his website.

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Roberta Beary

 

 

bringing up baby

again she falls. but nothing’s broken and she seems okay. still i go a little crazy.  i look around for a nurse. then grab my phone.  the big screen is turned up super loud. as usual.  she tells me to be quiet and points at the movie. an old black and white. screwball comedy, circa 1938. she says ‘hush!’ then puts her finger to her lips just in case i don’t get the message.  my daughter, serene at 25, gives me one of her knowing looks. ‘grandma’s fine’ she says. she sits down right next to her. side by side their faces edge toward the screen.  they laugh at the same parts. when baby surprises cary grant. or gets a big kiss from kate hepburn. i watch the two of them on the loveseat. my own private screening. heads so close together. there’s no room for me.

mockingbird song  turning from day to dusk

 

Roberta Beary  is the haibun editor of Modern Haiku.  Her book of short poems, The Unworn Necklace (Snapshot Press, 1st hardcover ed. 2011), was named a Poetry Society of America award finalist and a Haiku Society of America prize winner.  This is her website.

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Haiku from Padrika Tarrant and Virginie Colline

 

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My hat can keep out
evil and radio waves,
silver foil and wool.

 

 

Padrika Tarrant’s novel The Knife Drawer was shortlisted for the 2012 Author’s Club Best First Novel Award.  Her second book of short stories The Fates of the Animals will be published by Salt this year.

 

 

 

 

Five Haiku


early spring
the wind plays alone
on the rocking horse

 

Venetian love
sparks and thrills
under the Bridge of Sighs

 

by the classroom window
dreaming of summer dress
and terracotta sun

 

harvest moon
under the eyelids of the night
a luna moth’s dream

 

drawing December straws
who will eat the last chocolate
in the Christmas box?

 

 

These haiku were originally published in The Asahi Haikuist Network.

Virginie Colline is a French translator living in Paris. Her poems have appeared in Notes from the Gean, Frostwriting, Prick of the SpindleMouse Tales Press, Pure Francis, Jack Move Magazine, The Orris and Bawka Magazine, among others.

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