welcome to the first issue of 2016! this week features ‘book spine poems’ by Bill Waters, along with work by seven different poets. enjoy…

if you missed last issue’s sneak peek of Carole Johnston’s MANIC DAWN, the latest book to be released by wildflower poetry press, please visit our sister site here — https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/


with love & kindness.


caroline skanne

founding editor







is not rose-colored
except at dawn

Ed Bremson has recently published three books of poetry and watched a lot of movies. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA







new year —
a sprout from
the amaryllis bulb


cross-country skiing —
a snowshoe hare freezes
in his tracks


gentle snowfall . . .
acre upon acre
of the same prayer

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (http://www.hsa-haiku.org) Her most recent venture involves the installation of 30 haiku stones as part of the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum in Millersburg, Ohio. (http://www.innathoneyrun.com/successful-grand-opening-ceremony/)














morning light
a sparrow’s shadow
crosses the blinds


railroad tracks our path through the woods

Dave Read is Canadian poet whose work has appeared in many journals, including hedgerow. You can find his haiku and other micropoetry on Twitter, @AsSlimAsImBeing.






wee hours jog
round and round
old moon and I


listing gratitudes
dinner grows cold


did you die
did I
will our ashes foster the same tree

Margaret Jones resides in Wisconsin, USA. She enjoys walking in the woods, binoculars in one hand and haiku notebook in the other.














old nest box…
a flurry of blue birds
before the snow


roasted chestnuts–
how could I forget
your laughter


my dog leaps
into still night water
to fetch the moon

Mary Kendall lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she writes poems and endlessly tosses tennis balls to her Labrador retriever. Her current work and publications can be found on her poetry blog, A Poet in Time (www.apoetintime.com). She is the author of a chapbook, Erasing the Doubt (2015) and co-author of A Giving Garden (2009).














I never noticed
the parrot perched on my head
– first full moon of spring


like a blue whale
the mountain
swims along slowly

Mike Andrelczyk is currently living in Strasburg, PA. Also lived in Los Angeles, Ca. and Lewes, De. He likes writing haiku about the ocean, potatoes, moons, plants – mostly little things except the ocean which is huge, and the moon which looks little but isn’t. Follow on Twitter @MikeAndrelczyk.






cherry blossom rain …
those who are rich in this world
and those who are not

Chen-ou Liu is currently the editor and translator of NeverEnding Story,http://neverendingstoryhaikutanka.blogspot.ca/, and the author of five books, including Following the Moon to the Maple Land (First Prize, 2011 Haiku Pix Chapbook Contest) and A Life in Transition and Translation (Honorable Mention, 2014 Turtle Light Press Biennial Haiku Chapbook Competition)








the book spine poems in this issue were brought to you by Bill Waters

Bill Waters lives in Pennington, New Jersey, U.S.A., with his wonderful wife and their three amazing cats. He enthusiastically posts his haiku and more at twitter.com/bill312 and billwatershaiku.wordpress.com, and his favorite hedgerow flower is the tickseed sunflower. foggy morning — / growing by the guardrail / tickseed sunflowers





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