#58

welcome to the first issue of december! this months resident artist is Paula Dawn Lietz. if you enjoy the art showcased in this issue, please pay a visit to Paula’s website (http://www.pdlietzphotography.com).

thanks to everyone for turning up week after week, readers & contributors alike, you make this a beautiful place!

with two more issues to go before taking a short winter break, submissions are closed. stay updated by following on twitter or fb —
https://www.facebook.com/hedgerowpoems/
https://twitter.com/hedgerowpoems

with love & kindness,
caroline skanne
founder / editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

skipping stones       my heartbeat       emerges from the lake

Matthew Moffett lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, with his wife and two kids. He thanks you for reading his poems!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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simplicity
in the way of wild daisies
honey bee
sipping nectar eye to eye
we toast—arms intertwined

Marilyn Fleming was born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin. She has a special interest in oriental forms of poetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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hands outstretched to a moon half full

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autumn breeze
the part of you
that never leaves

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (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/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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moon brew–
penning poetry
in the pub

Robyn Cairns is a Melbourne poet who has a passion for the environment and is constantly inspired to write about the beauty of nature and also her local industrial landscape. She can be found on twitter at @robbiepoet where she shares her poetry and photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a friend from the old neighborhood —
I call it “the old country” —
reminds me of what it was like, our childhoods

living under the same roof with dozens of other families
each behind its own apartment door

the connecting walls so thin
you’d hear a stranger sneeze

how safe it felt
how dangerous
anonymous togetherness

the collective inhale/exhale

the way we avoided eye contact in the elevator

Zee Zahava lives in Ithaca, New York. She edits brass bell, an online haiku journal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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in the space
between the words
you and me

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thirteen days I haven’t noticed a crow

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.

 

 

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the art is this issue was brought to you by Paula Dawn Lietz

an accomplished published poet.  She is as well a multi-genre artist and photographer specializing in digital media. Lietz has garnered an impressive range of credits working with various publishers and authors, and revels in the creative energy generated within the artistic and literary community…

more at —

http://www.pdlietzphotography.com

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/picmoi

http://twitter.com/Paula_d_Lietz

 

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#56

welcome to this week’s issue of hedgerow. we have five more issues to go before taking a short winter break. new book reviews to be added next week as well as a new resident artist for december. in the meantime, grateful to contributors & readers alike, you make this a beautiful space…

if you haven’t already popped by our sister site wildflower poetry press, please find the links below. some exciting news to be announced here shortly as well as call for submissions!

https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/
you can also follow any updates / call for submmissions & other announcements on our fb page —
https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerpoetrypress

 

with love & kindness.

 

 

 

 

no one can see
my tears in the rain
but if you listen

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Mike Keville from London AKA Mikeymike.

 

 

 

 

inside her heart
the names
for all the oceans

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.

 

 

 

 

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Debbie Strange (Canada) is a published tanka and haiku poet and an avid photographer. She enjoys creating haiga and tanshi (small poem) art. You are invited to see more of her work on Twitter @Debbie_Strange.

 

 

 

 

ancient memory . . .
beyond bright stars
faint stars

.

blue haze
out of the mist
Nile lilies

Simon Hanson lives in rural South Australia where he often walks the back roads between paddocks. Some of the cows have become acquainted with Pippa, his Blue Heeler dog, who seems to forget that it is not her job to round them up no matter how much fun it might be.

 

 

 

 

 

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Debbie Strange (Canada) is a published tanka and haiku poet and an avid photographer. She enjoys creating haiga and tanshi (small poem) art. You are invited to see more of her work on Twitter @Debbie_Strange.

 

 

 

 

pussy willow . . .
was it just yesterday
i felt your touch?

Veronika Zora Novak is simply a daydreamer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Christine L. Villa is the founder and editor of Frameless Sky ~ http://framelesssly.weebly.com. With childlike wonder and fascination for ordinary things, she is an animated story teller, a dream weaver, and a sensitive poet.

 

 

 

 

invisible to herself she disappears on the outside

Margaret Jones resides in Wisconsin, USA. She began writing in the summer of 2015, and is learning how to walk in the woods with binoculars in one hand and haiku notebook in the other.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pat Geyer lives in East Brunswick, NJ, USA. Her home is surrounded by the parks and lakes where she finds her inspiration in Nature. She is an amateur photographer and poet.

 

 

 

 

 

cobbled together
from those who still stood
our Tribe of Women
was picnics and pinochle
and afternoon pilsner

one by one
they sank into storms
now I
am what remains…
the matriarch, by default

Kat Lehmann is a scientist and a poet who explores the grandiose captured within the minute. She lives in Connecticut, USA, by the river where she writes. Her first book of free verse poetry isMoon Full of Moons (2015, Peaceful Daily): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0988492644/. Visit her on twitter (@SongsOfKat).

 

 

 

#55

welcome to the latest issue of hedgerow. throughout november we will once more feature art by different artists / poets. thank you all for simply turning up, it’s a beautiful thing.

thrilled to announce the latest spotlight poet here —
https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-spotlight/

also our sister site wildflower poetry press has been revamped in time for the launch of a few new titles, pop by for a peek. a few new features added as well — https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/
you can also follow any updates / call for submissions & other announcements on our fb page — 
https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerpoetrypress/

with love & kindness.

 

 

 

 

a little bitter
is okay
morning coffee

For the past year Glenn Ingersoll has been hosting a Poetry Circle at the Berkeley Public Library. He blogs at Dare I Read (http://dareiread.blogspot.com) and has published two chapbooks, Fact (Avantacular Press) and City Walks (broken boulder).

 

 

 

 

Ken Sawitri was born in Blora, Central Java, Indonesia, and completed
her degree in psychology at the Universitas Indonesia. She dedicated
her haiku for her motherland in ‘Listen, The Spice Whispers, haiku
from Indonesian archipelago’ https://indonesiainmyhaiku.wordpress.com
and noted her journey in writing haiku in ‘Give Yourself A Kiss’
http://thisissawitri.blogspot.co.id

Jimat Achmadi was born in Yogyakarta, Member of United Haiku and Tanka
Society since 2014. Jimat’s work can be found at https://jimatachmadi.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

silent secateurs –
who to prune the apple tree
now that you’re gone?
a cabbage white ignores
the lilies’ megaphone blooms

(for poet P.K. Page, 1916 – 2010)

Richard Stevenson has just retired from a 30-year teaching gig at Lethbridge College in southern Alberta. His most recent books (forthcoming in 2015 -2016) are Fruit Wedge Moon (Hidden Brook Press), The Heiligen Effect (Ekstasis Editions), and Rock, Scissors, Paper: The Clifford Olson Murders (Grey Border Press).

 

 

 

 

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After Forty Years

you take my hand
when we walk together…
the last leaves
nearly
gone

a single glance
from your grey eyes
shifts
my world—
the earthquake of you

Mary Kendall lives in the southern part of heaven known as Chapel Hill, North Carolina where occasionally she bakes apple pies and dreams up poems.

 

 

 

 

Christine L. Villa is the founder and editor of Frameless Sky ~ http://framelesssly.weebly.com. With childlike wonder and fascination for ordinary things, she is an animated story teller, a dream weaver, and a sensitive poet.

 

 

 

 

woodland shade
a fawn’s lips poised
over red berries

Anna Cates lives in Ohio with her two beautiful kitties and teaches in Southern New Hampshire University’s 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 Cyberwit.net and Amazon: http://www.cyberwit.net/authors/anna-cates

 

 

 

 

Debbie Strange (Canada) is a published tanka and haiku poet and an avid photographer. She enjoys creating haiga and tanshi (small poem) art. You are invited to see more of her work on Twitter @Debbie_Strange.

 

 

 

 

beechwood path, winding
such green
such song

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bumping umbrellas
again, smiling –
school run.

Andy Thatcher lives in Exeter and is studying and working towards a doctorate in education psychology. He’s a keen runner, cook and loves nothing more than a Sunday morning ramble with his wife and daughter.

 

 

 

 

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Sabine Miller grew up in Miami and now lives near San Fransisco, where it is beautiful beyond measure.

 

 

 

 

publication credit —

Haiga Ken Sawitri, Painting Jimat Achmadi
Haiku published for the first time as the ‘Izbor Radova’ (The Choice
of Poems) DIOGEN Summer 2013 Haiku Contest – Summer in The Town;
published for the second time in Ardea, Issue 5, 2015

 

 

 

 

#54

welcome to the first issue of november! for this month only hedgerow will feature artwork by 1-3 different artists each week. if you would like to have your work considered please send around ten pieces (hedgerowsubmission@gmail.com). in the meantime, the art in this issue comes from the editor’s archive… enjoy!

 

with love & kindness…

caroline skanne, editor

 

 

 

yellow warbler’s trill —
the spaces between
fallen leaves

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the whisk
of a salamander’s tail —
crescent moon

Theresa A. Cancro (Wilmington, Delaware, USA) enjoys observing nature, writing poems and short fiction, especially the challenge of haiku and related short-form poetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a loom’s tremolo
her paws edge closer

Madhuri Pillai has been writing haiku on and off for some years. However, it’s only after her second brush with cancer she has taken it up seriously. She has worked as a journalist. She is primarily interested in animal issues, she lives in Melbourne with her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

a street
of fiery leaves
mood swings

Jack Galmitz, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

before I wore
a bra

back then
I wore
a cotton
undershirt.
a girl-relic 
a jaunty scrap
of fabric
plain & white
light as air 
that covered
my boy chest
my bony ribs
my bold
wild
fearless
heart.

Tricia Marcella Cimera is an obsessed reader and lover of words. She lives with her husband and family of animals in Illinois/in a town called St. Charles/ by a river named Fox.

 

 

 

*previously published in undertow tanka review

 

 

 

I watch
the rainbow fading
into the clouds …
the promise
she made years ago

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after harvest
a temp says, there’s a first time
for everything …
I sleep under the stars
with my shadow and dream

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 art in this issue was dug up from the editor’s archive… more at — https://www.facebook.com/caroline.skanne.9

 

 

 

#53

welcome to the latest issue of hedgerow. as always grateful to contributors & readers alike. thank you all for turning up!

october’s resident artist is Alexis Rotella. if you enjoy her art, please have a peek at the link below —

https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

with love & kindness.

 

 

 

she sings
on the rainswept corner
her bags
full of rubies and frogs
a green fairy plays a flute

Carole Johnston lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, although she is from “nowhere zen.”

 

 

 

Bat in the belfry

 

 

 

her chipped mug
nothing remains
unbroken

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temple bell tolling the emptiness inside things

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sun shower
darting this way and that
skink on the cobblestones

Mark Miller lives in a tiny seaside village on the east coast of Australia, where he has been writing haiku for many years.

 

 

 

Traveling to the other side

 

 

 

blood moon
I still
love you

Grant Savage (Marmota monax x Homo sapiens) is a WASP groundhog hybrid living in Ottawa, Canada. The more the wind and cold eat at his bones the more fat he puts on them. He loves to photograph snow!

 

 

 

Day of the Dead

 

 

 

spider silk…
to catch a river
moon shifting

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horses in the dusk. . .
half-remembered dreams
of a rail journey

Alan Summers, born London, resides in Wiltshire, England and enjoys French and Indian food, and wine from France, Italy, and Spain, and a few other
places too. He enjoys both good and bad science fiction movies, and zombies in Rom Coms as well as The Walking Dead and Z Nation. Alan prefers nightmares
to dreams, and making new zombie friends. Alan’s blog: http://area17.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

november eve dance…
in moonlight on the hill
spirits wander round
whispering this dark night
tales of endings passed

Pat Geyer lives in East Brunswick, NJ, USA. Her home is surrounded by the parks and lakes where she finds her inspiration in Nature. She is an amateur photographer and poet.

 

 

 

Spirits of the mountains

 

 

 

the art in this issue was brought to you by Alexis Rotella —

I’ve been playing with words since I was a toddler. I remember sitting
on our front stoop in Southwestern Pennsylvania with a handwritten
letter from Uncle Bill to my mother. I thought if I stared at it long
enough I would be able to read…

https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

 

 

#52

welcome to the latest issue of hedgerow! as always grateful to contributors & readers alike, thank you all for being here.

the art in this issue can be found in the beautiful book ‘Peru Journey 2015’ which features photographs by Tom Clausen that have been digitally enhanced by Alexis Rotella.

the book can be viewed here — http://nowvel.com/book/5593e53458cccbcf0e0d6d04

 

with love & kindness.

 

https://www.facebook.com/hedgerowpoems

https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerpoetrypress

 

 

 

just because
cold beach
at 3:00 a.m.

Anna Cates lives in Ohio with her two beautiful kitties and teaches in Southern New Hampshire University’s 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 Cyberwit.net and Amazon: http://www.cyberwit.net/authors/anna-cates

 

 

 

 

 

 

reading Gertrude Stein
under her sun hat
a smile is a smile is a smile

Perry L. Powell lives in College Park, Georgia, USA.  He works as a systems analyst and writes poetry out of love and loss in the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sing your songs
of love
to me
but not
with words

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a single breath
could last forever…
lost
in the ocean
of you

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the memory
of your touch
runs through me
like a river —
midnight blues

Paul Smith is a poet from Worcester in the UK. Alongside poetry Paul enjoys Japanese style ink painting, building cigar box guitars and playing old time blues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

the hydrangea
finally produces
a poem

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/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

pulling saffron threads
a pinch of spice for the stew…
one more passing year

Pat Geyer lives in East Brunswick, NJ, USA. Her home is surrounded by the parks and lakes where she finds her inspiration in Nature. She is an amateur photographer and poet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

owl’s call
through the haze of years
a child walking in the woods

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fading asters
tap tap of footsteps
on the dry path

Joyce Joslin Lorenson lives in Rhode Island, U.S.A., grew up on a dairy farm and records the daily happenings in nature around her rural home.

 

 

 

please click on the page link below to read more about october’s resident artist Alexis Rotella

https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

 

 

#51

welcome to issue 51 of hedgerow. as always, grateful to contributors & readers alike. october’s resident artist is Alexis Rotella. find out more about the artist behind the art here — https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

with love & kindness.

 

https://www.facebook.com/hedgerowpoems

https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerpoetrypress

 

 

 

no moon tonight
in darkness I see
your true colours

Rachel Sutcliffe, from Yorkshire, UK, has suffered from a serious immune disorder for the past 14 years, throughout this time writing has been her therapy, it keeps her from going insane!

 

 

 

Changing seasons

 

 

 

I lock
myself up behind
open windows…
either I’m yours
or I belong to the wind

Sergio A. Ortiz is the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. He lives in San Juan Puerto Rico.

 

 

 

A new idea

 

 

 

first light —
the emptiness
I feel
without
you

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there is always
only now —
the tiny shape
of a flower
fills my world

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it will not last
this cage
of bones
so sing
while you can

Paul Smith is a poet from Worcester in the UK. Alongside poetry Paul enjoys Japanese style ink painting, building cigar box guitars and playing old time blues.

 

 

 

(Original Photo by Tom Clausen)

 

 

 

wild music
from the various weeds
I don’t pull

Joann Grisetti grew up in Sasebo Japan and eighteen other places. She now lives in Florida with her husband and two sons. Her poetry, photos and stories have appeared in a number of print and online journals.

 

 

 

Purple vase

 

 

 

yellow-billed cuckoo
weaving song
into summer sunlight

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lonely dawn
a hoodie on a park bench
wet with dew

Anna Cates resides in Wilmington, Ohio with her two beautiful kitties and teaches in Southern New Hampshire University’s online M.F.A. 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 Cyberwit.net and Amazon.

 

 

 

Snowy owl / riding its echo / across the lake

 

the art in this issue was brought to you by Alexis Rotella

I’ve been playing with words since I was a toddler. I remember sitting
on our front stoop in Southwestern Pennsylvania with a handwritten
letter from Uncle Bill to my mother. I thought if I stared at it long
enough I would be able to read…

 

https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

 

 

#50

today we celebrate the 50th issue of hedgerow! the journal started as a vision of a place celebrating the small poem in its various shapes & forms, and a year later we are nearing 30,000 hits & 1000 likes on our facebook page. but numbers aside, it has been an amazing journey. thank you all for being part of it!

october’s resident artist is Alexis Rotella. find out more about the artist behind the art here — https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

with love & kindness.

 

https://www.facebook.com/hedgerowpoems

https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerpoetrypress

 

 

 

even a little
of you
would be
enough —
crescent moon

Paul Smith is a poet from Worcester in the UK. Alongside poetry Paul enjoys Japanese style ink painting, building cigar box guitars and playing old time blues.

 

 

 

Geisha

 

 

 

orion
sleeping pills
dissolving

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.

 

 

 

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Poppies

 

 

 

in a tangle
i plait loose ends…
this twisted life

Pat Geyer lives in East Brunswick, NJ, USA. Her home is surrounded by the parks and lakes where she finds her inspiration in Nature. She is an amateur photographer and poet.

 

 

 

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Starlings

 

 

 

The child who collects pebbles
cradles the bones of the earth,
gives them meaning.
She walks her own path
straight to the trees.

Jo Waterworth lives in Glastonbury, UK, where she has been writing poetry for many years. She is published in print and online, and her pamphlet of short poetry is available from Poetry Space of Bristol. You can find her blog at jowaterworthwriter.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Persimmon frost

 

 

 

barber shop mirrors
a young boy wonders
about infinity

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tree hollow
the ins and outs
of another world

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incoming tide
the old stingray
crosses the sandbar

Simon Hanson lives in rural South Australia where he often walks the back roads down to the nearby limestone coast. Some of his haiku have been hatched on a clifftop overlooking the Great Southern Ocean and others while tiding the house overlooking the kitchen sink.

 

 

 

Migration

 

the art in this issue was brought to you by Alexis Rotella

I’ve been playing with words since I was a toddler. I remember sitting
on our front stoop in Southwestern Pennsylvania with a handwritten
letter from Uncle Bill to my mother. I thought if I stared at it long
enough I would be able to read…

 

https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

 

 

#46

welcome to #46 of hedgerow, featuring artwork by september’s resident artist Sandi Pray. if you enjoy her work please pass by her blog — http://ravencliffs.blogspot.com. grateful to all the poets contributing to this issue as well as the readers, thanks for being here!

new book reviews added at the link below —
https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poetry-art-book-reviews/

with love & kindness.

 

 

 

it’s how
I long
to greet you —
wildflowers
becoming the breeze

Paul Smith is a poet from Worcester in the UK. Alongside poetry Paul enjoys Japanese style ink painting, building cigar box guitars and playing old time blues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

blue water
sunshine brightens
the coral

Simon Hanson lives in rural South Australia near The Great Southern Ocean. He relishes these open spaces and the moods of the land and sea from which he draws much inspiration. The more he delves into haiku the more he realises that it is akin to a way of living and there is always so much more to learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

silver spider thread
connecting the volcano
to the crescent moon

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. Poems and fiction have been featured in Modern Haiku, Haiku 2015 (Modern Haiku Press), A New Resonance 8 (Red Moon Press), The Inquisitive Eater, The Bitchin’ Kitsch. Follow on Twitter @MikeAndrelczyk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

briny lagoon—
flamingos fly the sunset
to the east

Marietta McGregor is an Australian botanist and writer who has spent much of her life explaining scientific concepts. She now tries to let things explain themselves through an early love, haiku. She lives in Canberra and hopes to capture a sense of the bush, mountains and ocean in her work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

harvest moon tonight a rice-pounding song

Billy Antonio is from the Philippines. He writes haiku to remind himself of moments he thinks are worth remembering. http://themoss-coveredwell.blogspot.com

 

 

 

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the art in this issue was brought to you by Sandi Pray

a wild child who roams between mountain and marsh in North Carolina and Florida, http://ravencliffs.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

#44

welcome to #44 of hedgerow. this week’s issue features The Altered Reality Series by august’s resident artist… thanks for this month Debbie Strange! thanks also to the five other poets contributing to this issue & of course the readers. next week we’ll have a new resident artist & hopefully a few new reviews. stay tuned…

 

with love & kindness.

 

 

 

slow revolutions . . .
the soft clay
of a collapsed bowl

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) lives in Dover, Ohio and serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (www.hsa-haiku.org). Her haiku chapbook “What Was Here” is available through Folded Word Press. http://foldedword.bigcartel.com/product/what-was-here

 

 

 

3rd Place, UHTS Second Annual “AHA” Awards, 2014
poem published in Cattails, May 2014

 

 

 

setting aside
my reading glasses
I search
for the tree
where the redbird sings

Ken Slaughter has been writing and publishing tanka since 2011. In 2015 he won the Tanka Society of America International contest and had two honorable mentions. He maintains a website: https://tankanews.wordpress.com/ to help tanka writers keep track of submissions deadlines. Ken lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two cats.

 

 

 

Runner-up, British Haiku Society Tanka Awards, 2014/15
poem published in Soft Thunder, 2015

 

 

 

morning drizzle
her pulse
upon my chest

Ben Moeller-Gaa is the author of two haiku chapbooks, the Pushcart nominatedWasp Shadows (Folded Word Press 2014) and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (poor metaphor design 2014). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Learn more about Ben at http://www.benmoellergaa.com.

 

 

 

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poem published in Undertow Tanka Review, Issue 1, August 2014

 

 

 

thrift store scent
a mint green shirt
missing buttons

Anna Cates resides in Wilmington, Ohio with her two cats, Freddie and Christine. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and several other advanced degrees related to English studies, and teaches English online for several universities. She is a regular contributor to short form poetry publications, and her first full length collection of haiku and other poems, “The Meaning of Life,” from Cyberwit.net, is now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

Honourable Mention, World Tanka Competition, 2013
poem published in Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine, October 2013

 

 

 

waking from a dream
I cry out for my sister
the crow also cries

this morning
not a single person
returns my hello —
but oh
the crow the crow the crow

the crow — your departure
the crow — your return

Sister Crow
with your drum and kazoo
flying off to welcome spring

Sister Crow
my only regret —
I never invited you for tea

Zee Zahava edits an online haiku journal called Brass Bell. The next issue will come out on September 1st.
http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

poem published in Moonbathing, Issue 11, Fall/Winter 2014

 

The Altered Reality Series by Debbie Strange

I have a lot of fun enhancing my photographs with a variety of digital techniques. This gives me double the creative pleasure and helps to extend the reach of the original works…

read more about the artist behind the art here —https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/