#128—the summer issue is here!

hedgerow #128 (the summer issue) is finally out! Thanks to contributors & readers alike. I look forward to reading your work for the upcoming summer issue (submissions accepted on a rolling basis).

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The summer issue can be purchased here, or from Amazon.

 

 

kindly,

Caroline Skanne
ed.

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#126—the winter issue is here!

hedgerow #126 (the winter issue) is out! Thanks to contributors & readers alike. I look forward to reading your submissions for the spring issue (submissions accepted on a rolling basis).

The autumn issue can be purchased at the link below, or from Amazon.

hedgerow #126, the winter print issue, 2019

hedgerow #126 COVER front

kindly,

Caroline Skanne
editor

#116

welcome to this week’s issue. to readers & contributors alike — thanks for being here!

as mentioned previously, some fantastic work has already been accepted for the summer print issue. it is scheduled for #120. if you haven’t already read the spring print edition, it is available from wildflower poetry press —https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/new-release-hedgerow-110-the-spring-print-issue/

this week features work by Michael Dylan Welch, Marilyn Humbert, Nika, Alexis Rotella, Goran Gatalica, Sandi Pray, Ken Olson, Kala Ramesh, Agnes Savich, Dave Read, Debbie Strange, David He Zhuanglang, Catherine LoFrumento, Brendon Kent, Fred Andrle, Julie Warther, John Hawkhead, Rachel Sutcliffe, Joy McCall, Simon Hanson & Ron C. Moss

please click on the link below…

#116 hedgerow

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

#110 (spring print issue)

welcome back to hedgerow! in the spring print issue we bring you beautiful examples of haibun, para-ekphrastic haibun, tanka prose, haiku sequence, cherita, double cherita, rengay, rengay art, haiga, tanka art; and more still! the aim is to publish one print issue of the journal every quarter. the online issues will resume from next week, with #111. i look forward to your submissions!

i extend my gratitude to contributors and readers alike. without your continued support, this publication would not be thriving!

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne, editor

 

 

hedgerow #110 can be purchased from the wildflower poetry press website https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/

it is also available from amazon uk, usa & eu.

 

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#100 of hedgerow features work by —

David J Kelly, Grace Galton, Julie Warther, Stephen Toft, Ron C. Moss, Agnes Eva Savich, Elmedin Kadric, Deborah P Kolodji, Michael Dylan Welch, Johnny Baranski and Clayton Beach, Ian Willey, Dave Read, Gabriel Bates, Pamela A. Babusci, Christina Sng, Simon Hanson, David Oates, Ola Lindberg, Gail Oare, Anne Elise Burgevin, Neal Whitman, Mary White, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Anna Cates, Robyn Cairns, Dietmar Tauchner, Jill Lange, Mike Rehling, Paul Chambers, Chen-ou Liu, S. M. Kozubek, Pris Campbell, Marilyn Humbert, Nika, Ken Olson, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Maureen Kingston, John Hawkhead, Eufemia Griffo, Patricia Prime, Amy Losak, Mark Miller, Andy McLellan, Michael H. Lester, John Hawk, Debbie Strange, Rick Tarquinio, Tina Crenshaw, Marta Chocilowska, David Serjeant, Kath Abela Wilson, Lucia Fontana, Pat Davis, Rachel Sutcliffe, Carole Johnston, Barnabas I. Adeleke, Zee Zahava, Tim Gardiner, Maeve O’Sullivan, Barry George, Steve Smolak, Jeffrey Hanson, Alan Summers, Christine L. Villa, Louise Hopewell, Debbi Antebi, Anna Maris, Joy McCall, Larry Kimmel, Terri L. French, Jay Friedenberg, Marietta McGregor, Mary Jo Balistreri, ai li, Marilyn Fleming, Joshua Gage, Vera Constantineau, Jennifer Hambrick, Paul Smith

#108

welcome to this week’s issue of hedgerow. as always grateful to contributors & readers alike.

if you missed it, our sister site wildflower poetry press released its latest title last week, ‘wild voices: an anthology of short poetry & art by women’. copies available to purchase from the publisher –https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/ or from amazon.

as mentioned hedgerow will take a short break after #110. there is still a few spaces left in the upcoming print issue. we have received some fantastic work this far, including haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, cherita, rengay & more!

if you would like to receive email updates of various calls for submissions, including future print issues of hedgerow / wildflower poetry press anthologies, new releases / special offers, you can sign up to our mailing list by sending an email to hedgerowsubmission@gmail.com with the subject line ‘MAILING LIST’.

this week features work by Kath Abela Wilson, Ron C. Moss & Caroline Skanne, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Mike Rehling, Gabriel Bates, Jennifer Hambrick, Bill Waters, David He, Clayton Beach & Johnny Baranski, S. M. Kozubek, Zee Zahava, Anna Cates, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Debbi Antebi, Maeve O’Sullivan, Robert Farrell, David Oates, Maureen Kingston, Alan Summers

to enjoy #108, click on the link below…

hedgerow-108

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

#107

welcome to #107 of hedgerow. as always grateful to contributors & readers alike. our sister site wildflower poetry press released its latest title this week ‘wild voices: an anthology of short poetry & art by women’. copies available to purchase from the publisher –https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/ or from amazon. thanks for your support.

please note — hedgerow will take a short break after #110. there is still time to send in your submission for the print issue! we have received some fantastic work this far.

if you would like to receive email updates of various calls for submissions, including future print issues of hedgerow / wildflower poetry press anthologies, new releases / special offers, you can sign up to our mailing list by sending an email to hedgerowsubmission@gmail.com with the subject line ‘MAILING LIST’.

this week features work by Joshua Gage, Mike Rehling, Dave Read, Paul O. Williams,  Michael Dylan Welch, Lee Nash, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Ian Willey, Kath Abela Wilson, Simon Hanson, Marilyn Humbert & Pravat Kumar Padhy.

to enjoy #107, simply click on the link below…

hedgerow-107

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

#104

welcome to #104 of hedgerow! this week features photo haiga by Ron C. Moss. as always grateful to readers & contributors alike…

if you missed it last week —

excited to announce that the talented Chase Gagnon has joined hedgerow as a resident artist! you can read more about him over at our resident artist / in conversation page —“Poetry is embedded in me. My mom used to read me Edgar Allan Poe every night before bed when I was a kid…” https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

this week features work by John Hawkhead, Ron C. Moss, Michael Dylan Welch, Andrea Cecon, Terri French, Martha Magenta, Sandi Pray, kjmunro, Barry George, Ola Lindberg, Paul Chambers, Angela Terry & Julie Warther.

to enjoy #104, simply click on the pdf link below…

hedgerow #104

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

hedgerow #24

welcome to #24 of hedgerow! a warm thank you to contributors & readers alike. if you have a look around the site, you will notice a few new additions, including book reviews & poet spotlight. exciting times.

with love & kindness.

 

 

 

the robin dips
below the fence
sunset

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from
her
balcony
the
starlit
city

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giving in
for now
low tide

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

 

 

 

early morning
before the alarm
the cat

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, Nancy Brady reads and writes, living on the coast of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio. She has two books of poetry: Ohayo Haiku and Three Breaths.

 

 

 

ice ages and motel mini fridges
tumbling over the
endless mountains

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.

 

 

 

first warm day . . .
leaf-shaped holes
in the ice

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midway
tying the jacket
around my waist

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

 

 

 

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Barbara Kaufmann can be found (or lost) wandering in the woods, beaches and gardens of New York, her camera and notebook in hand, hunting for poems.http://wabisabipoet.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

plum breeze
i breathe petals
into your kiss

Grant Savage is an Ottawa, Ontario, Canada amateur poet and photographer. After the recent, long cold winter in Eastern Canada, he is increasingly being recognized as the fair weather animal he has long considered himself to be. A poetry writing, and perpetually hungry groundhog. Sleepy greetings from Ottawa!

 

 

 

on the shelf
Selected Poems by Chen-ou Liu
a nagging voice
at the back of my mind
says, is that all there is?

held by her words
You’re a useless poet …
I walk out,
slamming the door
behind my old self

she tells me,
I just found
a studio apartment
the eyes I love most
focus somewhere else

for a week
no one but the wind
comes to call …
the flames of self-doubt
envelop my body

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, 2014Turtle Light Press Biennial Haiku Chapbook Competition).

 

 

 

a touch of malice
builds in a March wind …
our enthusiasm
for cherry blossoms
begins to wane

Lolly Williams, from California, is a little magpie who collects scraps of words, phrases, images and other shiny things for her short form poetry and mixed media art. Her work can be found in various print and online publications.

 

 

 

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Alexis Rotella (Arnold, Maryland, USA) served as Haiku Society of America President in 1984, her famous poem Purple appears in Creative Writing: An Intro to Poetry and Fiction St. Martin’s Press, Teaching with Heart (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2014).

 

 

 

Queen of Hearts

On our way home from dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant, Blue and I find three playing cards face-down on the sidewalk near our house. Blue turns them over, one by one, as we try to guess what’s on the other side. They are the seven of clubs, three of spades, and queen of hearts. We didn’t guess a single one right, though we both wanted to say queen of hearts but were embarrassed to be that corny. I’m superstitious and don’t want to bring the cards into the house. I hold them by their corners and carry them to the nearby mailbox, leaving them face-down on the rounded top for someone else to discover. By the next day they are gone. But later that week, coming out of a different restaurant, we see another card, the jack of clubs, face-up on the street. We step over it.

hurrying past
the fortune-teller’s window
i stumble

Zee Zahava live in Ithaca, New York and is the editor of brass bell, an online haiku journal:
http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com

 

 

 

hedgerow #21

welcome to #21 of hedgerow, dedicated more or less, to the arrival of spring! for those of you in the southern hemisphere, wishing you a happy autumn equinox. always grateful for all of your support, contributors & readers alike, you make this a beautiful place.

with love & kindness…

 

 

 

crossroads —
a cloud
covers Polaris

Julie Warther lives in Dover, Ohio and serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.  (www.hsa-haiku.org)

 

 

 

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Barbara Kaufmann can be found (or lost) wandering in the woods, beaches and gardens of New York, her camera and notebook in hand, hunting for poems.http://wabisabipoet.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

celebrating
seven inches of melting snow …
the frog choir

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midday snooze …
the old dog stretches
toward a patch of sun

Julie Bloss Kelsey’s favorite thing about spring is the emergence of frogs, especially the spring peepers that frequent her back yard. @MamaJoules on Twitter

 

 

 

For Luck

The scarf she gave me is rather shocking. Orange, red, light blue, dark blue, shades of green. But not a smidgen of brown and the absence of purple is nearly palpable. More to the point: where is the black? Nothing I own, or have ever owned, has been this colorful. It’s alarming. But also, strangely magnetic.

I wear the scarf when I’m alone in the apartment, waiting for water to boil, or squinting over a book in the fading afternoon light. I don’t have the courage or the humor to wear it in front of anyone else. It wraps twice around my neck, is soft against my cheeks, and when I inhale I’m brought right back to that childhood bedroom at the end of the long, dark hallway. Did I have a baby blanket that felt like this?

for luck —
a red thread
hangs from the crib

Zee Zahava lives in Ithaca, New York, where she leads weekly Writing Circles in her downtown studio. She is the editor of brass bell, an online haiku journal:http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com

 

 

 

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Robin White is an artisan, gardener & beekeeper living in Deerfield, New Hampshire, USA. She is the face behind Wild Graces and a co-founding editor of Akitsu Quarterly, a haiku journal.

 

 

 

winter wind …
letting go of myself
in the sand

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at the cliff’s edge
I wait
for the cold moon

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, 2014Turtle Light Press Biennial Haiku Chapbook Competition).

 

 

 

last leaf
goldfinch alights
the stripped branch

Lizz Murphy was born in Ireland but has lived in rural Australia for a long time. She has published twelve books and is currently fixated on small poems.

 

 

 

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Joann Grisetti lived 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. She is still waiting to grow up.

 

 

 

Process

every morning before a mirror
you make-up like you were building
the world all over again on your face

do you not know that time
is a metaphor— for something that moves
deep and fast like fire on the mound of a wax

don’t you know that time is the same as death
even if it’s just a profusion of the process of dying
and living again

Saddiq Dzukogi is a Nigerian poet. He writes from the Capital city of Minna

 

 

 

hedgerow #20

welcome to #20 of hedgerow, bringing you nine different poets & artists. this will be the last winter issue, next week we’ll celebrate the spring equinox! send in your work in time. thanks for all your support, every effort is appreciated. happy friday everyone.

with love & kindness…

 

 

 

Snow / No Hummingbirds

Finally, the refrigerator motor shuts off and the loudest sound is one I make myself by circling my thumbs around each other. I don’t realize I’m doing this until I try to identify the sound and, by the process of elimination — since there are no hummingbirds in the apartment, no rustling leaves — I figure it out.

It’s been snowing all day. The last car went by hours ago and the tire tracks are filled in. Only two people pass, a man and a woman, walking down the middle of the street instead of on the sidewalk. I watch from the window: the woman, in a pale trench coat and high leather boots, holds a black umbrella over her head; the man wears a hooded jacket and lumbers beside her. They pass my house, then the fire station’s parking lot, the pretty house with the stained glass windows, the health club, and the abandoned storefront. They don’t appear to be talking to each other but I can’t be sure.

I go back to my chair, and the novel I don’t yet care about, and realize too late that I should have changed into warmer socks. I am too lazy to get up again. The refrigerator has started to hum again and the fire department’s generator just kicked in.

hour after hour
at the window —
yes it is still snowing

Zee Zahava lives in Ithaca, New York, where she leads weekly Writing Circles in her downtown studio. She is the editor of brass bell, an online haiku journal: http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com

 

 

 

trying to
clear a path from
the past
yesterday’s snow
heavy in his shovel

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watching
for her return
another
snowflake melts
on my window

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

 

 

 

lost behind
tree silhouettes
a fallen star

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on the edge of
a snowdrop
rainbows

Vibeke Laier lives in Randers, Denmark, she has been writing and studying poetry since 2012, but her interest in the art of haiku stretches back to when she was a schoolgirl.

 

 

 

winter
a neon dream journey
nowhere zen road

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Carole Johnston lives in Lexington, Kentucky USA where she drives around Bluegrass backroads with a notebook and camera in the front seat, capturing the haiku moment. Journeys: Getting Lost, Carole’s first chapbook of haiku and tanka, is now available for presale from Finishing Line Press. https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=2211

 

 

 

Granddad in waiting

Directed at the nirvana
whoosh…
a single digit
climbs the clouds
beyond the reach of the streetlights
trailing off into silence

Flash— Bang,

Out of this disappearing point of light
Cascades golden rain
a murmur of a pop
adds silver splashes—
fracturing stars
slowly fading—
crackling to out.

Hello?

More glittering Fingers—
racing skyward,
music?
Tchaikovsky 1812.
woven in with

Hello?

Shrieks whistles
blues and Reds
greens and yellows
hissing, screaming
bangs and ka-booms
a climax of illumination and
reverberation.

On your marks!

HELLO are you still there?
Do what lov’—

Set!

sorry—
I didn’t hear you

Go…
my heart starts the race,

Callum and Blake are here
you know, the twins
hello!
Yeah! Yeah! I hear you,

Finding it hard going
my heart
hammering on
the final lap

are they all ok?
mother and babies doing fine

pressing the tape—
crossing the finish line,
winner

lovely what weight—
hello! hello! what,

she’s gone—
I also hang up

after a pounding race
warming down
relief and joy
overwhelmed
I weep.

My first born—
that poor girl
pregnant; huge and
uncomfortable
feeling ugly
for the last few weeks.

My eyes swim as
reality floods
ya-hooooooooo
I’m a granddad
whoosh…
cue music…

Mike Keville from London AKA Mikeymike.

 

 

 

BACKLIT

She treads the shoulder
Hesitates
Her silhouette
fine-lettering limbs
serif paws
Her glance to the sun’s blaze
her swivel on one hind leg
her felicitous leave
The saving of her own fox self

Lizz Murphy was born in Ireland but has lived in rural Australia for a long time. She has published twelve books and is currently fixated on small poems.

 

 

 

winter reaching the middle of the pond

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geese overhead
the one that fills the spaces
between honks

Julie Warther lives in Dover, Ohio and serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (www.hsa-haiku.org)

 

 

 

subsiding gently into a hillside
a house I used to know

Molly Guy is Australian. She has had six books published, most of these contain collections of micro poetry and short stories.

 

 

 

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