#127—the spring issue is here!

hedgerow #127 (the spring 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).

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

hedgerow #127

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Caroline Skanne

#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


Caroline Skanne

#123—the spring print issue is here!

hedgerow #123, the spring print issue, 2018



Caroline Skanne
founding editor


new e-book (free download)!

yes, hedgerow is still on spring break… but in the meantime, you can download & enjoy the first e-book published by wildflower poetry press for free! see details below.

happy spring everyone!


‘Ancient Bloodlines’ by Simon Hanson & Ron C. Moss

a collection of 11 Australian collaborative rengay paired with artwork by Ron C. Moss. Each rengay is presented in the newly developed ‘Mossy Ripple Effect’ to optimise the reading experience.

to enjoy, simply click on the link below!



‘Ancient Bloodlines’ is offered as a free download for personal use only, all material copyrighted. while the download of this e-book is free, a link to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has been added below, where you can make a donation, at your own wish.




* the ‘Mossy Ripple Effect’ was developed by Ron C. Moss



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


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


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.


















dawn chorus
and response
and response
and response

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









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.


















fairy princess
a missing tooth smile
as bright as her tiara


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.



















chiffon strap
the immodesty
of moonlight


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)












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 —





welcome to #71 of hedgerow. thanks everyone for making this a beautiful place. the art in this issue was brought to you by Anita Virgil (please find her bio at the end of this issue). enjoy!

with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor







a heated debate
each calls the other
the other

Ian Willey is a sociolinguist and English teacher from Ohio now living in rural Japan with his wife and three children. He believes that senryu have great potential not only as an art form but also for political and cultural satire, and hopes to see their popularity spread.








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haiku:   anita virgil
photo:  chad gurchinoff








my train of thought
interrupted by the news –
two ideologies
coming down the track
in opposite directions


seeking shelter
in a cold, bare room
he curls up
on the wooden floor –
blue moon in the window


he wants to know
what’s on my bucket list –
this desire to eat an apple
from the inside out

Susan Constable lives on the west coast of Canada, where she’s been writing mainly haiku and tanka for the past ten years. She is currently the tanka editor for the online journal, A Hundred Gourds.








spring afternoon. LIVE.jpg

haiku & art: anita virgil
haiku first published in roadrunner  issue V3







her tiger lilies
in the back garden …
she shifts a card
in her game of solitaire

Anne Curran is a Japanese verse forms poet who lives in Hamilton with her cat Misty. She loves to write and to be happy doing creative things. She has lived many lives but thinks that to be a small time poet is her most magical pastime.








summer day....jpg

haiku: anita virgil
photo: jennifer v. gurchinoff

haiku first published in world haiku review;
reprinted as a haiga for haigaonline








Rumours of War

Down the back of my throat trickle sorrows.
They are not mine: martyr-dust –
pollen in the arms of the wind.

In sleep I burn on sun like a golden plate;
men have dead-branch arms; minds burst
showering red confetti.

Anchor-like, axe blade reflects the waves;
orange beacons and grey waves,
– the blood of the sea.

Ruth Asch is a poet by night, mother of four and sometimes teacher by day. She published a book of poems Reflections in 2009 (St Austin Press, available at amazon). She loves to translate foreign language poems into real poetry in English and hopes to bring out another book of her own in the not-too-distant future. Originally from London (UK) she is now living and working in Spain.









tanka first appeared in MET v2n1, 2007.








tobacco stained
and scarred —
why would you let
these calloused hands
caress you


as if I wasn’t
here at all
the cold
spring wind
cuts through me


moaning the blues —
in time
each blossom must fall

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.








oh tell me that again....jpg

ekphrastic poem: anita virgil
photo: chad gurchinoff








the art in this issue was brought to you by Anita Virgil

Anita Virgil, USA, was introduced to haiku by William J. Higginson in 1969 and was a member of the original three-person Committee on Definitions for H.S.A. with Harold G. Henderson. President H.S.A.1973. Several collections have been published since 1974. Two new ones appeared in October 2015 and the latest, in February 2016. Essays, haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, haiga, many podcasts for Haiku Chronicles and interviews of her are online.





welcome to this week’s issue of hedgerow. thanks to contributors & readers alike, you make this a beautiful place.

thrilled to announce the latest title to be published shortly by wildflower poetry press — BETWEEN HERE AND HOME A LIFETIME by Mike Keville. you can reserve your copy NOW by sending an email to wildflowerpoetrypress@gmail.com. as always 10% of any profit will go to a wildlife rescue.

BookCoverPreview mike keville. front crop


with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor








downsizing a boxful of bonsai pots


march sun
a small box
of raisins

Meik Blöttenberger was born in Baltimore to German immigrant parents. He is currently living in Hanover, Pennsylvania and in a decade will be retiring to the high desert of Arizona. His other passions are photography and traveling.







moonlit path;
my fingers catch on
a cobweb


a stray ticket
found in my coat;
museum trip


Darling Harbour lights;
the fire eaters’

Tanvi Velankar is a teacher who lives in Sydney, Australia. She has been writing haiku and senryu for three months now and draws inspiration from her travels, the nature in her local area, and everyday objects and experiences.







Good Friday the 13th
the cats’ triangle formation
at my door

Francis “Wes” Alexander is a prolific writer who submits his manuscripts while listening to T-Bones Prime Cuts on Saturday nights. His stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications, including the most recent edition of Scifaikuest where he is the Featured Poet. His cats are pleased to be mentioned in the current ku.










Mike Keville from London AKA Mikeymike.







a moment of silence
for the piano
I never learned to play

Elizabeth Alford is a college grad with a B.A. in English and a PhD in caffeine addiction. She lives in California, USA with her loving fiancé, mother, and two dopey dogs. Her favorite things include yerba mate, sushi, loud music on long drives, staring at the stars, and short poetry. Follow her poetry adventures @ Facebook.com/ElizabethAlfordPoetry







antique saddle
in hay and shadows
barn swallows

Anna Cates is an award-winning short form poet and writer who lives in Ohio with her two cats and teaches English and education online.







spring equinox
a sparrow dips its foot
in our new birdbath


moss blanket
comfort of knowing
nature embraces us all

Christina Sng is a poet, writer, and artist. Visit her online at christinasng.com.