When we become night owls ourselves, sometimes we have company. This is from a brief envelope of time when I worked into the wee small hours that become an owl’s empire.

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an owl’s empire
the flecks of light
in snow

by Alan Summers (UK)
, #59, November 2017

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Delighted and honoured that my owl haiku gets a mention too!

breath, a collection of haiku

My writing has taken a back seat lately – and not just the back seat in a car, the back seat in a big bus! – so as the days lengthen I’m trying to kick start the brain and limber up the ‘haiku muscle’ in a variety of ways.

New books

I’ll write something more about the first two soon but can recommend all of them – and in my experience reading good haiku is invaluable towards writing good haiku.

Scott Mason is one of my favourite haiku poets so when he sent a note to say he has a new book out, imagine my delight. But it’s not quite a collection of his own work or at least not only a collection of his own work for Scott has produced a magnificent volume based on his thinking about haiku. If you’re quick The Wonder Code has a special pricing offer available until November…

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Great blast from the past!

Still Points : Moving World

It was a day of Haiku and poetry in the gallery yesterday, with a fascinating and enjoyable Haiku taster workshop by Alan Summers and Karen Hoy, in which participants penned their Haiku from found words or experiences of the art work in the gallery.


This was followed in the afternoon by an illuminating poetry reading by Lizzie Latham that included the premiere recital of the first chapter of her new poem ‘Momoko’.


The gallery was resonant with the performative sound of spoken words.


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wishbones the ritual with my mother

Alan Summers (UK)
Presence, #59, November 2017

About Thanksgiving and turkey wishbones:

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wishbones the ritual with my mother

by Alan Summers (UK)
Presence, #59, November 2017

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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