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Sunday, July 02, 2017

The Cattails journal of The United Haiku and Tanka Society is open for submissions!

Submissions for Autumn/ October 2017 issue open:

1st July (midnight) GMT 
and closes 15th August (midnight) GMT

See details for haiku; tanka; senryu; and haibun

We look forward to even more submissions for this ever popular publication!

warm regards, 

Alan Summers
President, United Haiku and Tanka Society

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Stopping for ducks and a week of haiku by Alan Summers, June 11 through the 17th 2017

Alan often stops for ducks, this time at Kew Gardens, London

Feature: A week of haiku by Alan Summers, June 11 through the 17th.

Enjoy visiting each day, and do click like if you do like, and even leave a comment! :-)

These haiku will eventually be showcased again on Area 17, and at our Call of the Page blog:

Also, here are a few other new haiku in various print and online magazines:

the bee hotel
             there are
  no vacancies

Alan Summers

Publication credit:  Blithe Spirit Vol. 27 No. 2 May 2017

taking a lunch break...
the common blue damselflies
gliding into packs

Alan Summers

Publication credit:  Hedgerow #113 (May 2017)

Common Blue Damselflies

basketball sessions
Azure Damselflies shift
the day’s heat around

Alan Summers

Publication credit:  Hedgerow #114 2nd June 2017

Azure Damselflies

On-line Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Ireland

solstice heat 
the moon quicker 
in a taxi

Alan Summers
Invited writer for the anthology of the Samobor Haiku Meeting, Samobor 2017, Croatia

mountain clouds
the birth of the moon
out of a river bed

Alan Summers
World haiku poetry day Ensamble  (April 2017)
Cha No Keburi (Smoke Tea) publication

little fingers pulling
the wishbone

Alan Summers

Publication credit:  Brass Bell Edible Haiku (April 2017)
Anthology credit: EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2017 The theme of Reconciliation

“birds… indicate the way of the poor.”

The tradition behind pulling a wishbone:

fading photos
a goldfinch tugs again
at the spiderweb

Alan Summers

Publication credit:  Blithe Spirit Vol. 27 No. 2 May 2017

the meadow buttercups
into a robin’s song

Alan Summers

Publication credit:  Blithe Spirit Vol. 27 No. 2 May 2017

those who stop —
ducks taking colour
from the river

Alan Summers

Publication credit:  brass bell: a haiku journal curated by Zee Zahava (January 2017)
An actual observation but also inspired by Ducks written by F.W. Harvey (1919)

Berlin afternoon
the rain in your hair
passing time

Alan Summers

Award Credit: wonderfold haibun winner (January 2017)

Narrow Road 
Literary Magazine for Flash Fiction – Poetry - Haibun
Special invitation only inaugural issue first (April 2017)

Alan Summers is the President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, and the co-founder of Call of the Page:

Call of the Page regularly runs popular online courses on haiku and related genres such as haibun; tanka; senryu; shahai; tanka stories etc...

Do contact us (Karen and Alan) at:

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Alan Summers — 

Touchstone Award Winner

Alan Summers is a recipient of a Touchstone Individual Poem Award for 2016 for his poem
house clearance
room by room by room
my mother disappears
It first appeared in Blithe Spirit 26.1

Blithe Spirit (journal of the British Haiku Society):

From the panel of judges:

“When I read haiku, I’m looking for an unexpected view on the well-known. I’m curious to learn about an open secret (after Robert Spiess). I’m looking for a simple (but not banal) and lucid language that expresses something extraordinary within the ordinary, something which I never read before in that way as well as something that is of beauty beyond time. ‘house clearance’ represents the pure power of haiku. Layers of meaning ascending from deeper layers of the mind (‘room by room by room’) in relation to existential truth (‘my mother disappears’). Perhaps one finds a human contradiction: memories can only get preserved vividly after “clearance.”
“An emotional and vivid image that brings sadness at first reading while effectively pointing out that taking away the physical doesn’t remove the memory.”

Alan was one of five winners for the individual haiku category out of a record 660 entries.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Nova Normandy 3044 - a science fiction haibun tribute to all World War veterans both past; current; and in future wars - haibun is prose with haiku

n.b. line breaks are intentional

Nova Normandy 3044

First there are the phantoms, wheeling around the up currents
in an early morning acid;

the sun shielded behind laser carved mountains.

Next the spray is smashed outward, and slides between cloud scraped
shards. The tones of cloud banks subdued, and I stink in all the guises of magnesium, and iron and chlorine gripped in Co2

it’s that persistence of sweetness and chalk leaping out and through me,

and my water defined by the colour it takes from the

I'm just me, feeling stupid as usual, alone in detritus, at the dull edge
of debris, snapping in and out of reminiscences…

The fact is I have never felt part of anyone's landscape, and it's really
too late to do that now. I invent tricks, some allied to memory, some to
encase empathy; a familiar scent of nostalgia for times long past:

counting tadpoles
the six year old
saves the world

I try to stop the pareidolia, seeing faces in things, drag sea colours to
me, stroke manganese blue; save the once vibrant white around each rock;

and pull away from a wasted sky while it's
still flaming.

     gradually dimming the stars I adjust the astronaut in me

the dirty sheen of space suits
the smell of regolith as spent gunpowder

I'm being painted straight into the sun.

There is a case, when we return to Earth, that we need to bring vials like
planet-infused cologne from our distant outpost, or die of...


escape velocity
the moons pull oceans
behind Apollo LXX

The simulation training, over at the slide of a hand, I know there is just hours to avert loss of life, not just on our side, but the others

shudder that so many lives will be expended... 

...and select something from old records to sustain me, something to fight for later. 

In what can hardly be correctly termed as a ‘day’ any longer, or as night to be honest, despite the darkness outside and the intensity of lighting onboard...

        ...there is some messed up confused thing that denies twilight. But I calculate that dawn is happening somewhere back home…

war moon
the flickering of humans
at birdsong

Nova Normandy 3044 haibun©Alan Summers 2017

For information on the vast Invasion/Battle of Normandy during World War Two:

For more about haibun (prose+haiku)

War moon is a haiku that has previously been published:

war moon
the flickering of humans
at birdsong

First publication (Japanese newspaper):
Asahi Shimbun (Japan 2015)
the blood moon issue, Oct 2 for the eclipse of 9/28

Anthology Credit: 
Heart Breaths: Book of Contemporary Haiku 
ed. Jean LeBlanc ISBN: 9789385945038

Essay credit:

Under the Basho Poets' Personal Best (November 2015)

David McMurray:
“brilliant haiku”

escape velocity
the moon pulls oceans
behind Apollo 11

This haiku was part of the “Rocket Dreams” commission performed on U.K. National Poetry Day October 4th 2007 along with Space Historian Piers Bizony with selected NASA images, as part of World Space Week:

Below are a few of my standalone SFku that also featured in Prune JuiceJournal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga Scifaiku feature Issue 21 (March, 2017) 
ed. Steve Hodge

sharkskin shoes
the whisper of nanobots
in his breath

gun-ship hues
the different spellings
in alphabet spaghetti

fifth kind encounter
humans replace crows
as an idiom of murder

n.b. Perhaps it’s time we stopped saying a "murder of crows":

winding sheet
the slow egress
of android Fred

the smell of old white
everything is replicated
in me

microwave meals
the childbot spins itself
into rainbow splatter

sunflower forest
a half-human climbs
into van Gogh

Previously published but reproduced in Prune Juice thanks to editor Steve Hodge:

the narrow roads
in parallel universes
a butterfly sneezes

Television credit:
NHK World TV feature - 
Europe meets Japan - Alan's Haiku Journey
(September 2015)

Anthology Credit: 
Yanty’s Butterfly: Haiku Nook Anthology
ed. Jacob Salzer and the Nook Editorial Staff (March, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1329915410 ISBN-13: 978-1329915411

double thumbs
the supplicant’s throat opens up
its tattoos

Award credit: 2nd Prize, Presence SciFaiku Contest (1998)

Please enjoy the whole Prune Juice issue of both present time senryu and future senryu and an essay called The Dark Side of the Moon: The Art of Writing Scifaiku by Deborah P Kolodji