Lavana Kray

 

 

Lavana Kray is from Romania. She has won several awards, including the status of  Master Haiga Artist, from the World Haiku Association. Her work  has been published in many print and online journals.  Currently she is the editor for Cattails Haiga works of the United Haiku and Tanka Society.  This is her blog: http://photohaikuforyou.blogspot.ro

 

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William Keckler

 

 

 

hugging mother’s urn
inner child steps
over sidewalk cracks
      *
first grey hairs
he stands on his hands
before making love
        *
pew pew
some homely holiness
aims at us
         *
talking to a snake
we discover just skin
shed skin listening
          *
big white moth
flies past the red light holds us
pinned to the moon
          *
October cold
making a dead man’s wife’s children’s
pumpkin smile for them

 

 

William Keckler‘s books include Sanskrit of the Body, which was selected by Mary Oliver for the (U.S.) National Poetry Series and published by Penguin. His visual art work was included in the group collection Four Photographers.

 

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Lavana Kray

 


 

 

Lavana Kray is from Iasi – Romania. She has won several awards, including the status of  Master Haiga Artist, from the World Haiku Association. Her work  has been published in many print and online journals.  Currently she is the editor for Cattails Haiga works of the United Haiku and Tanka Society.  This is her blog: http://photohaikuforyou.blogspot.ro

 

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Sonam Chhoki

 

 

*

pressed
in my diary
the guava blossom
you picked
has lost its fragrance

*

rain-soaked
scent of pine duff
I still walk
our favourite slope to watch
paddy ripening in the fields

*

heads thrown back
a pair of black-necked cranes
fling their call to the sky
I hope they will never know
the keening cry of separation

*

stars coursing
in the statuary pines
I no longer pray
but now embrace
solitude in your absence

 

 

Sonam Chhoki finds the Japanese short form poetry resonates with her Tibetan Buddhist upbringing.  She is inspired by her father, Sonam Gyamtsho, the architect of Bhutan’s non-monastic modern education and by her mother, Chhoden Jangmu, who taught her: “Being a girl doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.” She is the principal editor and co-editor of haibun for the United Haiku and Tanka Society journal, cattails.

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Tony Burfield

 

 

 

Rutted

The sabbath, I pray to the cliffs. The Button Rock Hermit chants somewhere back in the pines. There is wind over everything, even the far highway roar. Our complicity sinks heart, sinks bone. I shift from reverse to first and bounce down the rutted driveway, rufous and juncos darting.

bees on the feeder
fewer hummingbirds
than yesterday

 

 

 

 

Tony Burfield lives with his wife in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and works at the Boulder Public Library. His chapbook, Sawhorse, won Middle Creek Publishing’s Fledge Award in 2017.

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Ian Mullins

 

 

 

pollen count high –
bee on a cherry coke
splutters its wings

*

burr of phones –
the soft hooves of
the Glasgow train

*

slicing cellophane –
three a.m cab hushes
the snow

*

summer fall –
ripe blackberries
juice underfoot

*

pink frosting –
slavered gum
frozen overnight

*

flowers losing
light – white blossoms
the full moon

*

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Mullins bails out from Liverpool. The chapbook Almost Human (Original Plus) was published earlier this year. The music-themed collection Laughter In The Shape Of A Guitar (UB) was released in 2015.

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Christine Taylor

 

 

*

the “bookettes”
meet to discuss
the latest gin

*

my students
strive to earn an A–
lockdown drill

*

no more
navy blue boy blazers
wildflowers

*

freshly cut chrysanthemums
another memorial
along the highway

*

sticky willow
another message
to delete

*

 

Christine Taylor, a multiracial English teacher and librarian, resides in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey.  She is the haibun editor at OPEN:  Journal of Arts & Letters.  Her work appears in Modern Haiku, Glass:  A Journal of Poetry, Room, and The Rumpus among others.  She can be found at www.christinetayloronline.com.  Follow her on Twitter @cetaylorplfd.

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