Delighted to achieve a Second place!


Second Place
rush hour the train station cornea by cornea
-Alan Summers
Judge’s commentary:
Another fine one-line haiku and the wonderful use of cornea by cornea to focus on the mirroring qualities of all the elements at play. We can read many different links and connections into the glass lenses in the image and the humans on board the train. With the movement in the haiku we are taken along by the swirling effect of the train as it rushes past.

Australian Haiku Society


First Place

silence a haunting in the archives of a sigh

-Lorin Ford

Haiku that resonate more with every reading do not reveal themselves at first glance, they require a deeper investigation. This haiku fascinated me from the first reading and I found an instant connection between silence and the film equipment. Then we have the wonderful a haunting in the archives of a sigh… splendid! One could draw many meanings and connections, but for me the capturing of memories is the haunting from the past and the mention of a sigh their emotional content. This becomes a powerful mix of juxtaposition and intrigue.

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The way haiku ‘spin’ on an axis of juxtaposed images.

Juxtaposition in haiku

Source: Alan Summers’ Sparrow

I was inspired by the sheer wonder we can have as children, from simple things as the scent of rain, to birdsong that seems to go on forever, and then further still.

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the scent of rain
birdsong stretches
as far as Mars

by Alan Summers  (UK)

Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum  (Japan)

Selected Haiku Collection, 2017

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class test or the antics of a bag blowing in the wind commentary by Alan Summers


class test —
outside, a plastic bag
is dancing in the wind
— Maria Laura Valente

Haiku in the Workplace ~ Looking out the office window (Sept. 27, 2017) ~ edited by Jim Kacian, founder and president of The Haiku Foundation.

Comment by Alan Summers, president of the United Haiku and Tanka Society:

Oh, yes, school will never end for some, so thank goodness there is something like a plastic bag blowing in the wind, something Bob Dylan might have written a song about?
class test —
outside, a plastic bag
is dancing in the wind
— Maria Laura Valente

I actually like that comma, which some may feel is not required.

plastic bag and sun

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Delighted to be part of Liz Brownlee’s National Poetry Day (U.K.) Thank you!

Poetry Roundabout

Haiku are poems written with a limited number of syllables (not necessarily 5-7-5, fewer is often better), in the present tense, comparing sensory images of nature. There are no opinions or judgements from the author – limited adjectives, and mostly no adverbs, similes, metaphors or personification. They do not rhyme.

They can capture your heart, transporting you to the reality of that moment for the poet. The haiku is not complete, until it is read and understood by the reader.

Alan Summers is a Japanese poetry expert, a widely published and translated haiku poet, and a tutor & workshop leader. I have done workshops with Alan – he has a quietly extraordinary way of inspiring the ability to write haiku! (Which, in my case, mostly disappears a few hours later!)

Alan and his talented wife, Karen Hoy, have kindly sent some young people-accessible haiku.

painting fences

a wish to be…

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I am realising more and more how the poet Ted Hughes is influencing me, from school to beyond.

word pond

The House on the Hill

Alan Summers- house on the hill

Alan Summers

Ekphrastic haibun inspired by:
‘House on the Hill’ by Helen Garrett
Oil on board (80cm x 70cm)
Victoria Art Gallery exhibition: Towards the Unknown
(24 November – 13 January 2008)

Source: The House On The Hill – the other bunny

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