#98

welcome to this week’s hedgerow. in just a few weeks time we’ll be celebrating our 100th issue… this will be a special feature, available both online AND as a print copy! after the publication of #100, hedgerow will go into hibernation for a few weeks. no submissions will be kept on file. if you follow our fb page you will be notified once submissions reopen (https://www.facebook.com/hedgerowpoems/).

this week features work by Zee Zahava, Ron C. Moss, Simon Hanson, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Alexis Rotella, Martha Magenta, Chase Gagnon, Kat Lehmann, Peter Jastermsky, Marietta McGregor, Paul Chambers, Lucia Fontana, Meik Blöttenberger, Nika, Jim Webster & Robert Epstein.

grateful to contributors & readers alike. click on the link below to enjoy #98!

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with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor

#97

welcome to the latest issue of hedgerow! for those who missed it last week — we’re thrilled to be celebrating our 100th issue in a few weeks time. this will be a special feature, available both online AND as a print copy!

this week features work by Mark Miller, Chase Gagnon, Amy Losak, Alexis Rotella, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Julie Warther, Michael O’Brien, Dave Read, Pat Davis, Elizabeth Alford, Maeve O’Sullivan & Meik Blöttenberger.

as always, grateful to both contributors & readers. click on the link below to enjoy #97!

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with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor

#96

welcome to #96. thrilled to announce that we’ll be celebrating our 100th issue in a few weeks time. this will be a special feature, available both online AND as a print copy!

this week features work by Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Robin White, Mike Rehling, Chase Gagnon, Rachel Sutcliffe, Mark Miller, Ian Willey, Barbara Kaufmann, Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco, Miriam Sagan, E. Martin Pedersen & Gabriel Bates.

grateful to contributors & readers alike! click on the pdf link below to enjoy #96…

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with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor

#85

welcome to #85 of hedgerow. this week features art by Debbie Strange. you can visit her blog here — http://www.debbiemstrange.blogspot.ca/. as always, grateful to contributors & readers alike. enjoy!

 

please note —

submissions are now closed, as hedgerow is taking a summer break after #86 (15th July). you will be notified once submissions reopen, on our facebook page below!

 

https://www.facebook.com/hedgerowpoems/

https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerpoetrypress/

 

with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the distance
of the harrier’s cry
withered moor

.

freeing itself
of itself
the thawing stream

.

mayfly
rippling
stars 

Paul Chambers is a haiku author from Newport, South Wales. His work can be viewed at www.paulchambershaiku.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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fluffy white cloud
our old cat
is gone

Ben Moeller-Gaa is the author of two haiku chapbooks, the Pushcart nominated Wasp Shadows (Folded Word Press 2014) and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (poor metaphor design 2014). Learn more about Ben at www.benmoellergaa.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

protection
this rune resembles a tree
arms lifted up
to the maddening sky…I raise
my arms and dance with myself

transformation
rune like mountain peaks
daring us
to leap like warriors
ready to crash or fly

gateway rune
like a deer among woods
meditating
on the space “between
heaven and mundane”

Carole Johnston lives in her imagination most of the time, but sometimes, she lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She writes short poems every day and has published two books of poetry: “Journeys-Getting Lost” and “Manic Dawn.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sand dunes
the deepening creases
in my skin

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wind chimes
the fledgling’s
first flight

Christina Sng writes haiku to immerse in nature amid life in the city. She finds joy in gardening, birdsong, and sakura tea. Find her at christinasng.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

long road trip…
reaching the dead end
of our relationship

Debbi Antebi (@debbisland) exhales oxygen while writing poems. She lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her husband and books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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roar of chainsaws
the green man
sobs

Pat Davis lives in Pembroke, New Hampshire, USA.  She enjoys her family, reading, writing, painting, and going places with her husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

parked bulldozer
a field of daises
overtakes the blade

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“RV/ Camping”
black snags poke
out of a swamp

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no scarves, no pipes
since when did the snowmen
quit smoking?

Richard Stevenson, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

winter moon
a coat of mismatched buttons
left on the curb

Nika is the pen name of Jim Force. He has published two chapbooks: frogs singing (1993) and snail my friend (2015). Nika lives in Victoria BC where he writes with The Heron’s Quill. He is a member of Haiku Arbutus as well as Haiku Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

for fifteen years
my mother walks back
through time
returning at the end
to where it all began

Susan Constable lives on the west coast of Canada, where she’s been writing haiku and tanka for the past ten years. She was the tanka editor from 2012-2016 for the online journal, A Hundred Gourds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the art in this issue was brought to you  by Debbie Strange. you can read more about her here — http://www.hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

 

publication credits —

 

Debbie Strange – torn petals – Failed Haiku, May 2016

Debbie Strange – folding unfolding – brass bell, September 2015

Debbie Strange – sunrise sunflower – brass bell, November 2015

Debbie Strange – summer storm – Frameless Sky, June 2015

 

#84

welcome to #84 of hedgerow. this week features haiga & photographs by Chase Gagnon. grateful to contributors & readers alike, thank you all for being here… enjoy!

please note —

submissions are now closed, as hedgerow is taking a summer break after #86 (15th July). you will be notified once submissions reopen, on our facebook page below.

 

http://www.facebook.com/hedgerowpoems/

http://www.facebook.com/wildflowerpoetrypress/

 

with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tuning the fiddle
to the guitar
on an iphone

.

rising
with the delta kite
my inner child’s laughter

Ben Moeller-Gaa is the author of two haiku chapbooks, the Pushcart nominated Wasp Shadows (Folded Word Press 2014) and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (poor metaphor design 2014). Learn more about Ben at www.benmoellergaa.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
wet leaves –
memory of “Wildwood Flower”
on Dad’s harmonica

A classical musician and public radio broadcaster, producer, and blogger, Jennifer Hambrick lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA.  Visit her on Facebook, or on Twitter at @JenHambrick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Dawn

Blind since birth,
the old man says
he’s seen thirty
thousand sunrises.

They were described to him
far better than folklore
by peals of birdsong
through his open window.

Ben Banyard lives in Portishead, UK. His debut pamphlet, Communing, was published by Indigo Dreams in February 2016. Ben edits Clear Poetry, a web journal dedicated to promoting accessible work by newcomers and old hands alike – https://clearpoetry.wordpress.com. Blog: https://benbanyard.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finding
that space within…
deep rock pool

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seaweed
spills a hand
over rock
green threads on
dry reds

Christina Martin has always enjoyed writing and is inspired by nature and the beautiful surroundings of Pembrokeshire in West Wales where she lives with her husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chase Gagnon is an amateur photographer and poet living in Detroit, Michigan who enjoys long walks on the streets taking pictures of people and urban scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the scent
of burning sage
the sound
of low slow blues
– logs on the fire

I decide
to plant my grave
before I die
buttercups, cow parsley
forget-me-nots

walking around
in the long grass
at end of day
the circle
completes itself

sitting quietly
in the meadow
watching
small field mice
gathering seeds

After decades of living in the States and Canada, Joy McCall now lives in her birthplace of Norwich, England, growing older but not much wiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

notes of
       a meadow’s song
             down the page
   cabbage whites

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) lives in Ohio and serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (http://www.hsa-haiku.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

what keeps me here
in this place I don’t belong?
rolling green hills
endless wild flower sky
solitude of country roads

.

four a.m.
owl at the window rattles
me awake
is this a warning or
a call to adventure?

Carole Johnston lives in her imagination most of the time, but sometimes, she lives in Lexington,Kentucky. She writes short poems every day and has published two books of poetry: “Journeys-Getting Lost” and “Manic Dawn.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

night train
a whistle sounds
from the toy box

.

prairie sky
the wide view
of childhood

Dave Read is a Canadian poet.  His work can be found on his blog, davereadpoetry.blogspot.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#80

welcome to #80 of hedgerow. as always, grateful to contributors & readers alike! thanks for making this a beautiful place. enjoy…

 

with love & kindness,

 

caroline skanne
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sunlight sifts through summer maples a trail of emerald beetles

.

stones sizzle
in the sun
a rattlesnake sheds its skin

Mary Jo Balistreri has been writing haiku and haibun for two years. She finds it makes her more aware of what’s right under her nose, and sometimes it is astonishing to think she might have missed it had it not been for haiku. It helps slow things down and brings her to a peaceful place. It is becoming a way of living. Her website is maryjobalistreripoet.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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summer’s end
the strawberry jar
overgrown with grass

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the silence of wind
before the rain
after the rain

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3 months since i walked this path
nothing has changed
except me

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last night
impossible to sleep
the moon in my bedroom

Zee Zahava lives in Ithaca, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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corpse pose
my restless world
fades away

poems by Nika is the pen name of Jim Force. He has published two chapbooks: frogs singing (1993) and snail my friend (2015). Nika lives in Victoria, BC, Canada where he writes with The Heron’s Quill. He is a member of Haiku Arbutus as well as Haiku Canada.

photo by Jim McKinnis is a retired mathematician and software engineer. He has an eclectic interest in image making. His current and past photographic projects include the horses of the Badlands in South Dakota, the homeless of Los Angeles, cemeteries in Italy and the Mask Festival in Venice. Jim lives in Orcutt, California, USA. http://www.jimmckinnissphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sparring
to become
a butterfly

Elmedin Kadric was born in Novi Pazar, Serbia, but writes out of Helsingborg, Sweden. A student of both longer and shorter forms of poetry, and an avid observer of everything else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

autumn breeze
for a moment
we forget our anger

.

weathered crow
finding light
after the war

Christina Sng writes haiku to immerse herself in nature while living in the city. She finds joy in gardening, birdsong, and sakura tea. Find her at christinasng.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pris Campbell, of West Palm Beach, FL, U.S. , writes both short forms and free verse.   A former Clinical Psychologist and avid sailer, she was sidelined by ME/CFS in 1990 and now leads a far quieter life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

painted clouds . . .
the pause before
answering “fine”

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (www.hsa-haiku.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

his shop empty
still the barber’s pole
turning, turning

Jackson D. Smith is a homemaker and writer from Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a grateful transplant recipient who started writing to cope while waiting for a new heart to become available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marietta Jane McGregor is a Canberra-based botanist and journalist who has pursued varied careers in research and science communication at Australian universities and the CSIRO. Having spent much of her life trying to explain things, Marietta now tries to let them explain themselves, through haiku. A Tasmanian friend who studied botany with Marietta, Rosemary Roth, took the original photograph on a bush walk. Rosemary also lives in Canberra. Now retired, she spends many happy hours exploring the nearby hills and engaging with the natural world.

 

 

 

 

 

#79

welcome to #79 of hedgerow. this week features artwork by Debbie Strange. as always grateful to contributors & readers alike, thank you all for being here.

 

with love & kindness,

 

caroline skanne
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

noonday heat
boys building dams
in the stream

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climbing up
to my old treehouse
the milky way

Stephen Toft is a poet and homelessness worker who lives in Lancaster, UK with his girlfriend and their children. In 2008 red moon press published his collection, the kissing bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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my mind’s extremes . . .
hailstones ping
through the pine

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open window
the promise
of purple clover

.

crossroads —
a spider web spans
both signs

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (http://www.hsa-haiku.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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unfaithful
all the lies she
tells herself

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her double vision-
what is &
what could’ve been

Debbi Antebi (@debbisland) exhales oxygen while writing poems. She lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her husband and books.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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positive

statistically
there are poets
probably many
writing this poem
in other universes

chances are
one of them
will get it right

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beyond Mars, a comet sings
how did the nightjar
learn its song?

Simon Williams has six published collections. He latest pamphlet, Spotting Capybaras in the Work of Mac Chagall http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/simon-williams/4592093628, launched in April and his next full collection, Inti, will be out later this year. Simon was elected The Bard of Exeter in 2013 and founded the large-format magazine, The Broadsheet. He makes a living as a journalist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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windswept trees
the empty spaces
inside my heart

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spring reduced
to hothouse flowers
… knee surgery

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low-lying stratus —
suppressing
the urge to cry

Julie Bloss Kelsey lives in Germantown, Maryland with her husband and three children. She enjoys writing short form poetry, crafting, and drinking decaf iced lattes. Visit her on Twitter (@MamaJoules).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

there’s a
tap-tap-tap of rain
on the water bowl
and the slow night train
goes rumbling by

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I keep
everything simple
around me
because in my heart
the river runs full

After decades of living in the States and Canada, Joy McCall now lives in her birthplace of Norwich, England, growing older but not much wiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the art in this issue was brought to you by Debbie Strange, you can read more about her here — https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

publication credits —

the bickering – Eucalypt 19, 2015

this amulet – Bright Stars 7 Tanka Anthology, 2014

dark-eyed junco – Frameless Sky 3, 2015

sun catcher – Kokako 23, 2015

gulls nesting – Undertow Tanka Review 7, Honourable Mention, First Annual Tanka Competition, 2015

#78

welcome to #78 of hedgerow. this week features artwork by Paula Dawn Lietz. as always, grateful to contributors & readers alike…enjoy!

 

with love & kindness,

 

caroline skanne
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unread books
are piling up
beside the bed
dunnocks carry twigs
nesting under the hedge

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making supper
my heart sitting
on that hill
writing poems
above Quaker bones

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I am trying
to learn to live with pain
the way I live with slugs
not running over them
but taking another path

After decades of living in the States and Canada, Joy McCall now lives in her birthplace of Norwich, England, growing older but not much wiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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dawn chorus
call
and response
and response
and response

Patti Niehoff (Cincinnati, Ohio USA) lives in southwestern Ohio with her husband and cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blackbird
choosing
which apple
to peck

Christina Martin has been writing poetry since as far back as she can remember. She lives in West Wales in the UK where she takes much of her inspiration from the sea and her natural surroundings. She also paints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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fairy princess
a missing tooth smile
as bright as her tiara

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tabernacle lamp
the warm red glow
of sunset

Simon Hanson lives in Queensland Australia, grateful for another day . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wind chimes-
the rocking chair
starts without me

Steve Smolak lives in Herrin, IL, Usa. He reads, writes, and studies haiku daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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chiffon strap
the immodesty
of moonlight

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gas flare
the midnight sea
awash in light

Dave Read is a Canadian poet.  His work can be found on his blog, davereadpoetry.blogspot.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

paper boats
sailing through a puddle
in the refugee camp

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Paula Dawn Lietz 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

#65

welcome to #65 of hedgerow! this week features work by nine different poets / artist. always grateful to readers & contributors alike.

 

with love & kindness.

caroline skanne

founding editor

 

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rose petals
drifting into her glass
at the garden party
we ponder the fate
of her love affair

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)

 

 

 

 

 

reunion
not aged at all
your voice

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childhood stories
I return
to the beginning

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broken
I reach for a pen
to right myself

Rachel Sutcliffe, from Yorkshire, UK, has suffered from a serious immune disorder for the past 15 years, throughout this time writing has been her therapy, it’s what keeps her from going insane!

 

 

 

 

 

my lonely house
under the moon’s stillness—
you and I
running in different directions,
how many lives have we lived?

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I sleepwalk
on the ridge
of a poem
I’ll never perform …
the storm inside

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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penny
for your thoughts…
begging
for your love
til the end of time

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when night’s
coldest cold
covers you…
my love will blanket you
til morning

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t tell you that
*shrugs*
the purple-fleshed conch shell

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cool morning
with every white breath the horse
lifts higher in air

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matryoshka doll haiga Kendall

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

a child sways
with her lantern
moths flutter

Michael Smeer was born in Amsterdam and still lives in The Netherlands. His preferred style is the English language haiku. The quiet of a zen moment encapsulated by haiku fits perfectly with his Buddhist soul. Michael is the founder of ‘My Haiku Pond’, a Facebook community dedicated to English haiku and all things related.

 

 

 

 

 

 

flowing into the sea
the Huang He loses itself
… its color too

David He Zhuanglan has been working as an advanced English teacher for 35 years in a high school. So far, he has had a good number of short English stories published in magazines and books abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.