The Heron’s Nest is marking its birthday with a beautiful hardback book, Nest Feathers, a selection of 248 haiku from its first 15 years of publication. Founding editor Christopher Herold has written an interesting foreword, including these statistics:
- 102 issues published (THN was monthly in the beginning)
- Some 100,000 haiku submitted for consideration
- Fewer than 8,500 haiku published.
September sun –
a bubble wavers
between salmon bones
– Cindy Zackowitz (1965-2012), The Heron’s Nest, 4:12 (2002)
So being published in THN means you’re hitting the high notes with your work. I have 2 haiku in Nest Feathers, here’s one:
rattling in the pot
– Sandra Simpson, The Heron’s Nest 9:2, 2007
one twirl before the girl
settles in line
– Alison Woolpert, The Heron’s Nest 15:2, 2015
Click on the book’s title at the top to read ordering information.
A new issue of UK haiku journal Presence has also landed in my letterbox. Now being published three times a year, the journal is always a great read.
stirring the neighbour’s bull
to midnight bellows,
a petal-coloured moon
– Sandra Simpson, Presence 53, 2015
her cotton skirt
falls softly to the ground
– Greg Piko, Presence 53
Presence has also rejigged its annual contest which is now the Martin Lucas Haiku Award, named in honour of its editor who died last year.
Don’t forget that there is an up-to-date listing of haiku, tanka and haibun contests at Haiku NewZ. You’re welcome.