Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gendai Haiku by John W. Sexton

glare of the car's eyes / night halts for the shrew

no grammarians for bird-song / the birds just sing

the movement of the stars:  the fixity of the stars:  stars

in the aftertaste of the kumquat / a legend of nebulae

Pleaides / on my sleeve the moth's bright smear

John W. Sexton lives in the Republic of Ireland and is the author of five poetry collections, the most recent being The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry, 2013).  He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem "The Green Owl" won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007.  Also in 2007, he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.  His haiku have previously appeared in Acorn, Ginyu, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Simply Haiku, The Heron's Nest, The 58th Basho Festival Haiku Anthology, bottle rockets, Roadrunner, Chrysanthemum, Moonset, Haiku Scotland, Albatross, paper wasp and World Haiku Review.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Haiku by Carlo Frank Calo

Deja Vu

I lost my draft card.
Dominoes have never left.
Soldiers flower still.

Sphinx Perspective

Swirling gusts of time
Look beyond the stones long lain
Sands strip bare my skin

Carlo Frank Calo, the grandson of Sicilian immigrants, is a husband, father and grandfather.  He was born in Harlem, grew up in the Bronx projects and is retired on Long Island.  When not fishing, bicycling, playing poker, working part-time counseling TBI survivors or babysitting his grandchildren he enjoys writing eclectically.  He has been published in Hippocampus Magazine, The Fast Forward Festival, The Copperfield Review, and Great South Bay Magazine.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Haiku by ayaz daryl nielsen

younger brother
this close again as I wear
his favorite jacket

red-winged blackbirds
no two eggs from the same male
well, that's blackbirds!

ayaz daryl nielsen, husband, father, veteran, x-roughneck (as on oil rigs), hospice nurse, editor of bear creek haiku (25+ years/120+ issues), homes include Lilliput Review, Jellyfish Whispers, Writing the Whirlwind, Shamrock, and (translates as joie de vivre).

Monday, October 20, 2014

Haiku by Stacy Lynn Mar


She's misunderstood,
A bright neon stop-light of
Backroad confetti


I am all elbows,
A breathless sigh midmorning,
My lovers still sleeping.

The Lonely

Strange bare parallel crosswalks,
We are all alone.


Two cups of red wine
Lovers dream atop barstools,
The young streets of Spain.

Hanging the Stars

She's not doing much,
Just wrestling a werewolf moon
And hanging silver stars

Stacy Lynn Mar is a 30-something American poet.  Inspired by the works of Sharon Olds and Anne Sexton, her work is primarily confessional.  She holds three graduate degrees in psychology and attended Lindsey Wilson College of Human Sciences as well as Ellis College of NYIT for a BA in English.  Shacy divides her time between her young daughter, her forays into writing, a genuine love of books, film, coffee, vintage things, and her life partner.  She is founder and masthead of a new literary ezine for women, Pink. Girl. Ink, and also has a book review blog.  She invites you to visit her personal blog  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Haiku by A.J. Huffman

Acorn foragers
harvest transport and stockpile
hibernation's fuel.

Chlorophyll retracts,
green withers to arid brown,
shatters in fall's breath.

Last year's seeds take root,
grow vines that yield engorged orbs
waiting to be carved.

Scarecrow sags in field
stripped bare by harvesting blades,
mourns ghosted crops.

Feathered flightlings launch,
set bearings for warmer winds,
sands of southern shores.

A.J. Huffman has published nine solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses.  She also has two new full-length poetry collections forthcoming: Another Blood Jet (Eldritch Press) and A Few Bullets Short of Home (mgv2>publishing).  She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry, fiction, haiku and photography have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, and Kritya.  She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Haiku by Cristine A. Gruber

Collins, Hass and Bly . . .
many nights spent in their worlds
drunk on wine

Around the table
sits the strength of worlds
teacups in small hands

Cerulean sky
silent and wondrous painting
broken by dove's wings

Bright constellations
form a nocturnal map
lead the cat back home

Barren winter sky
calling to the lonely sun
will it ever end

Cristine A. Gruber has had work featured in numerous magazines, including North American Review, Writer's Digest, Writers' Journal, Ascent Aspirations, California Quarterly, Dead Snakes Online Journal, The Endicott Review, Garbanzo Literary Journal, The Homestead Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Kind of a Hurricane Press's Something's Brewing Anthology, Miller's Pond Poetry Magazine, The Penwood Review, Poem, Thema, The Tule Review, and Westward Quarterly.  Her first full-length collection of poetry, Lifeline, was released by Infinity Publishing and is available from