Kokako 33 landed in my letterbox yesterday – 76 pages of good reading. The editors have recently changed to PayPal to receive overseas payments for journal subscriptions so a year’s sub (2 copies) now costs $NZ36 for Australia and $NZ40 for the rest of the world, airmail post included. Contact Margaret for details.
winter the snow white sheets in the ambulance
pairing the matching socks
shearing day –
the men take turns
with the moccasin needle
flu jab wind whirls the pine needles
As well as haiku, there are tanka, linked verse, haibun and book reviews.
Presence 67 is another recent arrival, this time from the other side of the world so the image of a frigate bird on the cover – the photo by managing editor Ian Storr – seems entirely appropriate. This is another journal that contains a wide variety – haiku, tanka, linked verse, haibun and book reviews, plus a featured poet in each issue and short articles.
This issue of Presence also includes a tribute to Stuart Quine, the English poet who died of Covid-19, with underlying health complications, in March.He was 57. Kokako notes his passing as well, in the context of Stuart having a boulder poem on the Katikati Haiku Pathway.
the white-faced heron
in the river
a goldfinch leaves behind
a jumble of books
outside the old police station
the odd summer cloud
licking the juice
to my elbow