Craig W. Steele

 

*

unimpressed
by the garden fence
fog

*

howling winds—
politicians promises
blow farther from truth

*

lunch beneath a maple
turkey vultures circle
above                   us!
 

 

 

When not writing poetry, Craig W. Steele is a professor of biology at Edinboro University in northwestern Pennsylvania. His haiku have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Modern Haiku, Asahi Haikuist Network, Akitsu Quarterly, High Coupe and elsewhere.

Read More

David J Kelly

 

 

 

is, was, will be

There was a man who used to stand at that corner in Hyde Park, when the speakers weren’t proselytising. He’d hang around for hours, occasionally clearing his throat. I only heard him speak the once, when he asked me the time.

At school, there was a kid who used to create imaginary friends. He had a collection of matchboxes with random, small animals in them, mostly dead. The tragedy of his situation was completely lost on us … we just thought he knew witchcraft.

There were only apes before people. Their behaviour probably warned of future social conflicts, but no-one was paying attention. We now know they sometimes eat meat, use tools and hunt in groups.

Theoretical physics states, “In the beginning there was nothing”. But from that nothing came everything. When the Big Bang took place, it was the singular, most dramatic liberation of possibilities in the history of time. Perhaps, one day, we’ll learn to cope with such freedom.

there is/was/will be
a place where things
are/were/will be perfect
it can’t/didn’t/won’t
last long
David J Kelly is an ecologist, poet and photographer. He lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and finds both scientific and artistic inspiration in the natural world. His short form poetry has been published widely. Twitter: @motto_sakura

Read More

Mick Kulp

 

 

*

The octopus flashed
Calm blue and brown, teasing me
Like a fan dancer.

*

Pulse pounding, sweating,
I dig in my pocket for
The engagement ring.

*

The ruffian wind
Elbows through dogwoods leaving
Drifts of white petals

*

The singer wails out
Para bailar la bamba
Tequila goes down

 

 

 

 

Mick Kulp is a writer and father of two mostly grown children who have survived his shenanigans through smarts they inherited from their mother.  His nonfiction articles, fictional stories, and poems have appeared  in consumer magazines, newspapers, and literary journals.

Read More

Ian Mullins

 

 

*

top and search –
patrolling winds
shake down trees

*

abstract oak –
a chocolate spoon
hot-melts in milk

*

asthmatic head cold –
your sneezes
gasp for breath

*

crow ascending –
lung shadow
spreads its wings

 

 

 

Ian Mullins bails out from Liverpool, England. The collection Laughter In The Shape Of A Guitar is available from UB(undergroundbooks.org). He has also published poems and stories with Presence, 50 Haikus, Hellfire Crossroads, Neon, and many more.

Read More

John Hawkhead

*

riding a pale horse
up the needle to a vein
slipping through shadows

*

another mottle
on the back of her hand
the slow IV drip

*

threads of dark crimson
coiling through liquid gold
sunlit catheter

 

 

John Hawkhead is a writer of haiku and other short poetry forms. He is a recent winner of the 2016 Lincoln Underground international haiku competition and a previous winner of the Haiku Foundation’s international haiku competition. His work has been published all over the world and his book of poetry and haiku Witness is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.

Read More

Anna Cates

*

old farmhouse

wet snow falls

on the backs of pigs

*

sun-bleached cattle bones

a dung beetle burrows

in the midden

*

shady forests

swallowed whole by fire

one charred acorn

*

waning rose

an ant bears

my burden

*

arriving

from the first world

I am an alien

*

the sun

never losing its turn—

how sweat feeds rivers

 

Anna Cates resides in Ohio and teaches in an online M.F.A. in creative writing program.  A regular contributor to literary publications, her first full length collection of haiku and other poems, The Meaning of Life, is available at Amazon.com. Anna is also in the Living Haiku Anthology.

Read More

Nick Carding

 

 

 

in the dark

it is night now
and will be
for some
long time
because a friend
has come
to live here
and I must learn
to see him
in this light
before the dawn
can be
allowed
again

 

 

 

Nick Carding is an Englishman now living in Croatia. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in print and online in Europe, USA and Australasia.

Read More