Issue 107:

low sky

winter haiku 2017

 

 

 

Eric Burke, Guest Editor

 

 

digital painting "low sky" D. Wisely

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Right Hand Pointing, your journal which somewhat snottily prohibits haiku in its submission guidelines, here presents our second winter haiku issue. We do love haiku. But we don’t like to see it published alongside other styles and forms of poetry. Haiku, we believe, is best presented in the company of other haiku and related forms of verse.

 

This issue, like last year’s, is guest-edited by our long-time supporter and contributor Eric Burke. Let me tell you something about Eric. Eric has got some serious focus and discipline. Just short of 149 people submitted haiku to this issue. We allowed submitters to send in up to 10 poems and many did. I estimate that Eric read around 750 haiku, from which he selected the 42 poems which appear in this issue. I read a sampling of the poems Eric declined. It would have driven me slap crazy to have had to turn down that many poems, because so many were so good. If I had that dilemma, I undoubtedly would have consumed a whole pot of coffee and then, overnight, created a separate online haiku journal to accommodate more poems. Then I would have had a fourth journal to edit / co-edit. It would have forced me to follow my usual pattern of talking some fine person into coming on as a co-editor of the new haiku journal so I could dump the work on them (see: Kaminski, L. & McMunn-Tetangco, E. (2017), Agreeing to Co-Edit Literary Journals: Cautionary Tales. Journal of the International Academy of Literary Ethics, Vol 4 (3), pp. 13-33.)

 

Our special thanks to Eric for his hard work and sensitive reading for the issue. We hope you enjoy it.

 

Dale

 

 

 

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fresh ikebana— 
a few cut stems 
wetting the newspaper 

 

 

 

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shadow lines— 
the grain of wood 
in her broken paddle 

 

 

 

 

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fireworks over . . . 
a translucent jellyfish 
lit by the moon  

 

 

 

 

day moon 
the slow stream pillows 
against a boulder 

 

 

 

paul m.

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winter homecoming in the lake’s depths a sword 

 

 

 

 

paul m.

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head cropped in god’s selfie autumn leaves 

 

 

 

 

blue to the touch even a lie welcome

 

 

 

Cherie Hunter Day

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drought the dry weeds as handholds 

 

 

 

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dawn thoughts still damp from travel 

 

 

 

 

Alan Summers

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we shift and turn 
the migrating clocks 
fallen leaves 

 

 

 

 

Alan Summers

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homebound train 
I correct 
my wife's eyebrow

 

 

 

 

Alan Summers

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T.V. news 
the frightened room 
is quiet 

 

 

 

 

 

Erica Goss

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afternoon clouds 
I bite into an apple 
to clean my teeth 

 

 

 

 

Steve Klepetar

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neighbors
two mulberry bushes
covered with snow

 

 

 

Olivier Schopfer

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post-election 
the path hidden 
under fallen leaves
 

 

 

 

Ken Sawitri

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spring shower

a toddler finds the laughter button

on her doll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Duncan Richardson

 

after the storm 
my school squats 
at a rainbow's end