Gusting wind and rain have made this an inside sort of day – after some beautiful autumn weather this past week it’s a bit of a shock to have the light on at 3pm!
Kokako 28 is out, featuring a cover image I took in an autumnal Kyoto garden in 2016. It shows a woman in tabi (one-toe socks), Japanese-style Jandals (flip-flops) and the bottom part of a kimono with a maple-leaf pattern.
The journal features four of my haiku, including:
empty sky –
the lambs kneel to drink
bedtime story –
we skip the issues
I was particularly struck by this following haiku, partly because I can never make up my mind to do this:
I erase another name
from my address book
– Seren Fargo
While the one below makes me feel like I’ve walked part-way into a story that could go either way, a definite whiff of Tom Waits:
the man with pencilled eyebrows
orders a triple shot
– Owen Bullock
Presence 60, another print journal has also arrived recently. As well as carrying tidings of the 2017 Martin Lucas Haiku Award winners, it also carries a full-length book’s worth of haiku, tanka and haibun. Submission and subscription details here.
thinking autumn holds no more surprises sweet gum
– Beverley Acuff Momoi
We’re not this far into autumn yet, but slowly, slowly we’re heading towards peak colour. Last year we planted a dwarf Liquidamber (for that’s what a sweet gum is) called ‘Gum Ball’ but I don’t think we’re going to get much colour off it this year after the dry summer bled into autumn.
the click of beetles
on the lino
– Andre Surridge
In December we spent the weekend with friends at a 60th birthday, lots of fun, lots of talk and plenty of recreation, including petanque (boules).
sixtieth birthday —
the sheen of petanque balls
tossed into the night
– Sandra Simpson
Years ago I played doubles petanque in The Netherlands with a friend who played competitively, against his regular playing partner and Haiku Husband. Great fun and something I’ve always fancied taking up. Better get cracking, eh?