Haiku Haven

Pipevine Swallowtail

   Swannanoa Butterfly
   Pipevine swallowtail:
   ink fluttering in thick air,
   pensive, silver sky
   David Mills is the author of two books of poetry The Dream Detective (a small-         press besteller) and The Sudden Country(a book-prize finalist). His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Jubilat, Fence, The Pedestal Magazine and Brooklyn Rail. He has received fellowships from Breadloaf, NYFA and ArtsLink. And has an MA in creative writing from New York University and is in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College.

cloud stormFor AEH
Locust leaves, bowed hands
twinkle fingers feeling wind;
waiting for some rain.

Maggie Hess advocates bipolar creativity, Appalachian identity, and Quaker spirit. Her publications include Friend Journal, Blue Fifth Review, A! Magazine, Milk Sugar, Alehouse, and Skyhorse plus the May B. Smith and the Leidig Poetry Awards. Maggie swims a mile in the morning and is a substitute teacher in Bristol, Tennessee. Check out what she’s been writing at http://brazen.postagon.com/




last lonesome petals
await to join the tango
among crinkly leaves

Ana Prundaru works as a legal translator in Switzerland. Her writing and      art have appeared in such publications as The Citron Review, SmokeLong  Quarterly, Cactus Heart Journal and Inky Needles. A poetry chapbook is forthcoming from Etched Press. For further information: https://posthaltelei.wordpress.com/.


Photo Credit - Morguefile.com

Photo Credit – Morguefile.com

black snake in the sky
lazily coiling in air
a flock of dark birds

Sasha Kasoff is a published poet, fantasy writer, and aspiring teacher. Having recently returned from studying abroad in Ireland, she is currently attending University of the Pacific earning her BA in English with plans to continue her studies in creative writing as a graduate next year. Her poetry can be found in two self-published books as well as in anthologies, magazines, and other literary presses. Look for her on Goodreads.


Art Credit - Wiki Painting (circa 1650)

Art Credit – Wiki Painting (circa 1650)

my own breaths stirring
in this house of snowbound peace
what absolute bliss
a dog sleeping next to me
each sigh a meditation

Christina Lovin is the author of two poetry books: Echo and A Stirring in the Dark, as well as the poetry chapbooks Flesh, Little Fires, and What We Burned for Warmth. An award-winning poet, her work has been widely published and anthologized. She lives with rescue dogs in central Kentucky, where she teaches writing at Eastern Kentucky University.

Link to Christina’s website: http://www.christinalovin.com/

Photo - Wiki Commons

Photo – Wiki Commons



Endless cold and days
of loss—winter teems with need:
the laughter of glads.



Elaine Kehoe is a writer and freelance copy-editor in Providence, Rhode Island. She has published poetry and flash fiction in the journals Rosebud, Word Riot, and The Quotable and has a short story upcoming in the journal Relief. She is currently working on the second draft of a novel. Her flash fiction “Breakage” can be found at http://issue12.thequotablelit.com/.


a shrike
impaling its prey
scattered clouds

Rita Odeh is the author of seven books, including Buds of Dream
(haiku and haiga) which was released June 2014 and is available from
Amazon. Her haiku and haiga have been honored with many awards. To read
more of her poems, please go to Catching the Moment:


Photo Credit - Wiki Commons

Photo Credit – Wiki Commons


Photo Credit - Julie Morehouse

Photo Credit – Julie Morehouse


low winter sunlight
shadow separates the hills
seam between two worlds

Erica Goss is the Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA, and the host of Word to Word, a show about poetry. She writes a haiku every day. She is the author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (PushPen Press 2014).





hope lies in the Proles
lullaby sighs, cooking scents
liver and onions

the lovesick pigeons
with Tom cat feathers goose step
between loose chimneys
the first breeze of dawn
a time favoured by the crane
chill ripens fruit

Grant Tarbard has worked as a computer games journalist, a contributor to football fanzines, an editor, a reviewer and an interviewer. He is now the editor of The Screech Owl.


Photo Credit - "Rapeseed" by Oonah Joslin

Photo Credit – “Rapeseed” by Oonah Joslin

Oonah Joslin is three times the winner of MicroHorror and has judged the competition on three occasions. She has also been a poetry judge at The Shine Journal. Oonah was Managing Editor of Every Day Poets 2008 -2014 and she blogs at Parallel Oonahverse.



Photo Credit - David Little

Photo Credit – David Little

Carmen Jacobsen worked for a private school teaching English as a second language in Mexico City, paying her way through medical school. She has published articles for magazines and the RICE University educational program blog known as REEP in 2012. She has a book of poems published and available at Amazon titled, “Saudade.”  Her poem selected for publication for Haiku Haven is part of a collection of haiku for her next book titled “Men of Fish” – a collaborative work between an Alaskan photographer and poet.
Carmen’s blog – http://cejac1.wordpress.com/
Photographer David Little – http://davidlittlephotography.com/


Photo Credit - NASA

Photo Credit – NASA

Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus is a teacher, writer and artist who lives in Philadelphia.  She is currently writing a one-woman show about her experiences as a public school teacher. Her blog is entitled, Her Own Terms: A Post Mid-Life Woman Writing for Her Life. www.marshapincus.com


With petals I write
Upon sun kissed Ganges
Tales of divine love

Nalini Priyadarshni is a poet, writer, editor and amateur photographer. Her work has appeared at Up the Staircase Weekly, eFiction India, Mad Swirl, Crescent Magazine, The Riveter Review, Writes & Lovers Café, The Gambler, CUIB-NEST-NIDO, and The Open Road Review besides numerous anthologies including I Am Woman, Awakening of She, Art of Being Human etc. Her forthcoming publications include Maelstrom Journal and Camel Saloon. For more check – http://twilightmusing.blogspot.in/  


children at play
circling crow cawing

Sweet_William Flowers
bed of sweet william
shades young pit viper
tasting the still air

first day of school
unblemished chalkboard
blank faces


SuzAnne C. Cole has had haiku published in Potpourri, Piedmont Literary Review, Bear Creek Haiku, Heron Quarterly, USA TodayTexas Poetry Calendar, Sol, Nite-Writers International Literary Journal, Point Judith Light, and Cicadaand tanka and haibun in Lynx and anthologized in Prairie Sunset:  An International Haiku Anthology.  One haiku was also a winner in the Suruga-Baika Literary Festival in Japan.

Readers may find one of the author’s haiku featured in this attractive anthology.




Mountains climbing high
Following in God’s footsteps,
Beaconing mankind.

Helen Curtis writes children’s books, so the succinct nature of haiku is appealing. Her hobbies include genealogy and Colonial era reenactments. She and her husband, a blacksmith, spend part of their summers opening Fort Randolph in Point Pleasant, West Virginia where the author has ties. Her publishing credits include “Kentucky Ancestors” and “Smoke & Fire News.”



Photo Credit - C.D.Sinex

Photo Credit – C.D.Sinex

C.D.Sinex lived in rural Hokkaido (Japan’s northernmost island) for 20 years, and enjoys the challenge of Japanese short-forms as well as the discipline of writing in rhyme and meter. His poems have appeared on Every Day Poets, The Boston Literary Magazine, The Icebox (Kyoto, Japan), Contemporary Haibun On-Line, Four and Twenty, among others. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.


security alarm
slipping through the curtains
salt air and sunlight

two way traffic –
this morning’s crows
come back to roost

Marion Clarke’s widely published haiku is often inspired by her location on the east coast of Northern Ireland. Her work appears in Bamboo Dreams, the first national collection of Irish haiku and AHA, the American Haiku Association’s Anthology. Her entries were highly commended in the Irish Haiku Society’s International Competitions in 2012 and 2013 and she won a Sakura Award in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Contest, 2012.


Photo Credit - NASA

Photo Credit – NASA

In th’ early twilight,
the toad’s big, unruly mouth
assails the full moon.

At noon in winter,
an angry emperor stirs
on his azure throne.

IBE WARE DESU, LC, is a poet intrigued by Japanese poetry, tanka and haiku.  He has been influenced by traditional haiku writers, Buson’s pictures, Issa’s humanity, and Soseki’s melding with English letters.  His associates include literary critic “Lice Brews” Ueda and poet “Clear Dew” Ibuse. In addition to Japanese literature, he appreciates green tea and Japanese cars, which he has driven exclusively since living in Germany in the late 1970s.


Photo Credit - Anita Campbell

Photo Credit – Anita Campbell

A flash in the fog
an image caught in half-flight
a haiku is born.

The heaven on earth
is strewn with half-eaten apples
Pandora eyes Eve.

Irena Pasvinter is split between software engineering, endless family duties and writing poetry and fiction. Her stories and poems have appeared in online magazines (Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction, Bartleby Snopes, Madswirl, Camroc Press, Fiction 365, Rose & Thorn and others) and in Poetry Quarterly. Her poem ‘Psalm 3.14159…’ has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Visit Irena at https://sites.google.com/site/ipscribblings.



Frigid old structure,
Suspended eternally,
In the fountain of youth.

Sasha K. Cole, inspired by Wordsworth’s Daffodils, started writing poetry at the age of 9. Her first poem was about wanting to go out to play on a Sunday. Her poetry however soon transitioned to darker themes, as her focus shifted towards social and political issues. When she’s not writing poetry, she enjoys reading surrealist, absurdist, sci-fi writings, following world politics and cooking.


Photo Credit - Julie K.

Photo Credit – Julie K.

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