#116

welcome to this week’s issue. to readers & contributors alike — thanks for being here!

as mentioned previously, some fantastic work has already been accepted for the summer print issue. it is scheduled for #120. if you haven’t already read the spring print edition, it is available from wildflower poetry press —https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/new-release-hedgerow-110-the-spring-print-issue/

this week features work by Michael Dylan Welch, Marilyn Humbert, Nika, Alexis Rotella, Goran Gatalica, Sandi Pray, Ken Olson, Kala Ramesh, Agnes Savich, Dave Read, Debbie Strange, David He Zhuanglang, Catherine LoFrumento, Brendon Kent, Fred Andrle, Julie Warther, John Hawkhead, Rachel Sutcliffe, Joy McCall, Simon Hanson & Ron C. Moss

please click on the link below…

#116 hedgerow

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

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#111

welcome to #111 of hedgerow! if you missed it last week, the spring print issue (#110) is now available to purchase from the publisher’s website below —

https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/

a warm thank you to readers & contributors alike. without your continued support, this publication would not be thriving.

this week features work by Alan Summers, Kris Moon, John Hawkhead, Anna Maris, Eufemia Griffo, David J Kelly, Pravat Kumar Padhy, David Serjeant, Alexis Rotella, Neal Whitman, dan smith, Andy McLellan, Tina Crenshaw, Marietta McGregor, Julie Warther, Angela Terry, Grant Savage, Larry Kimmel, Safiyyah Patel, Elmedin Kadric, David Oates, Mary White, Pat Davis, Mike Rehling, Stephen Toft, Ola Lindberg

to enjoy #111, click on the link below…

#111 hedgerow

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

#110 (spring print issue)

welcome back to hedgerow! in the spring print issue we bring you beautiful examples of haibun, para-ekphrastic haibun, tanka prose, haiku sequence, cherita, double cherita, rengay, rengay art, haiga, tanka art; and more still! the aim is to publish one print issue of the journal every quarter. the online issues will resume from next week, with #111. i look forward to your submissions!

i extend my gratitude to contributors and readers alike. without your continued support, this publication would not be thriving!

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne, editor

 

 

hedgerow #110 can be purchased from the wildflower poetry press website https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/

it is also available from amazon uk, usa & eu.

 

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#100 of hedgerow features work by —

David J Kelly, Grace Galton, Julie Warther, Stephen Toft, Ron C. Moss, Agnes Eva Savich, Elmedin Kadric, Deborah P Kolodji, Michael Dylan Welch, Johnny Baranski and Clayton Beach, Ian Willey, Dave Read, Gabriel Bates, Pamela A. Babusci, Christina Sng, Simon Hanson, David Oates, Ola Lindberg, Gail Oare, Anne Elise Burgevin, Neal Whitman, Mary White, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Anna Cates, Robyn Cairns, Dietmar Tauchner, Jill Lange, Mike Rehling, Paul Chambers, Chen-ou Liu, S. M. Kozubek, Pris Campbell, Marilyn Humbert, Nika, Ken Olson, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Maureen Kingston, John Hawkhead, Eufemia Griffo, Patricia Prime, Amy Losak, Mark Miller, Andy McLellan, Michael H. Lester, John Hawk, Debbie Strange, Rick Tarquinio, Tina Crenshaw, Marta Chocilowska, David Serjeant, Kath Abela Wilson, Lucia Fontana, Pat Davis, Rachel Sutcliffe, Carole Johnston, Barnabas I. Adeleke, Zee Zahava, Tim Gardiner, Maeve O’Sullivan, Barry George, Steve Smolak, Jeffrey Hanson, Alan Summers, Christine L. Villa, Louise Hopewell, Debbi Antebi, Anna Maris, Joy McCall, Larry Kimmel, Terri L. French, Jay Friedenberg, Marietta McGregor, Mary Jo Balistreri, ai li, Marilyn Fleming, Joshua Gage, Vera Constantineau, Jennifer Hambrick, Paul Smith

new e-book (free download)!

yes, hedgerow is still on spring break… but in the meantime, you can download & enjoy the first e-book published by wildflower poetry press for free! see details below.

happy spring everyone!

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‘Ancient Bloodlines’ by Simon Hanson & Ron C. Moss

a collection of 11 Australian collaborative rengay paired with artwork by Ron C. Moss. Each rengay is presented in the newly developed ‘Mossy Ripple Effect’ to optimise the reading experience.

to enjoy, simply click on the link below!

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‘Ancient Bloodlines’ is offered as a free download for personal use only, all material copyrighted. while the download of this e-book is free, a link to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has been added below, where you can make a donation, at your own wish.

http://www.australianwildlife.org/support-awc/donate.aspx

 

 

* the ‘Mossy Ripple Effect’ was developed by Ron C. Moss

 

#108

welcome to this week’s issue of hedgerow. as always grateful to contributors & readers alike.

if you missed it, our sister site wildflower poetry press released its latest title last week, ‘wild voices: an anthology of short poetry & art by women’. copies available to purchase from the publisher –https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/ or from amazon.

as mentioned hedgerow will take a short break after #110. there is still a few spaces left in the upcoming print issue. we have received some fantastic work this far, including haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, cherita, rengay & more!

if you would like to receive email updates of various calls for submissions, including future print issues of hedgerow / wildflower poetry press anthologies, new releases / special offers, you can sign up to our mailing list by sending an email to hedgerowsubmission@gmail.com with the subject line ‘MAILING LIST’.

this week features work by Kath Abela Wilson, Ron C. Moss & Caroline Skanne, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Mike Rehling, Gabriel Bates, Jennifer Hambrick, Bill Waters, David He, Clayton Beach & Johnny Baranski, S. M. Kozubek, Zee Zahava, Anna Cates, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Debbi Antebi, Maeve O’Sullivan, Robert Farrell, David Oates, Maureen Kingston, Alan Summers

to enjoy #108, click on the link below…

hedgerow-108

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

#107

welcome to #107 of hedgerow. as always grateful to contributors & readers alike. our sister site wildflower poetry press released its latest title this week ‘wild voices: an anthology of short poetry & art by women’. copies available to purchase from the publisher –https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/ or from amazon. thanks for your support.

please note — hedgerow will take a short break after #110. there is still time to send in your submission for the print issue! we have received some fantastic work this far.

if you would like to receive email updates of various calls for submissions, including future print issues of hedgerow / wildflower poetry press anthologies, new releases / special offers, you can sign up to our mailing list by sending an email to hedgerowsubmission@gmail.com with the subject line ‘MAILING LIST’.

this week features work by Joshua Gage, Mike Rehling, Dave Read, Paul O. Williams,  Michael Dylan Welch, Lee Nash, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Ian Willey, Kath Abela Wilson, Simon Hanson, Marilyn Humbert & Pravat Kumar Padhy.

to enjoy #107, simply click on the link below…

hedgerow-107

with love & kindness,

Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

#79

welcome to #79 of hedgerow. this week features artwork by Debbie Strange. as always grateful to contributors & readers alike, thank you all for being here.

 

with love & kindness,

 

caroline skanne
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

noonday heat
boys building dams
in the stream

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climbing up
to my old treehouse
the milky way

Stephen Toft is a poet and homelessness worker who lives in Lancaster, UK with his girlfriend and their children. In 2008 red moon press published his collection, the kissing bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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my mind’s extremes . . .
hailstones ping
through the pine

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open window
the promise
of purple clover

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crossroads —
a spider web spans
both signs

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (http://www.hsa-haiku.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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unfaithful
all the lies she
tells herself

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her double vision-
what is &
what could’ve been

Debbi Antebi (@debbisland) exhales oxygen while writing poems. She lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her husband and books.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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positive

statistically
there are poets
probably many
writing this poem
in other universes

chances are
one of them
will get it right

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beyond Mars, a comet sings
how did the nightjar
learn its song?

Simon Williams has six published collections. He latest pamphlet, Spotting Capybaras in the Work of Mac Chagall http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/simon-williams/4592093628, launched in April and his next full collection, Inti, will be out later this year. Simon was elected The Bard of Exeter in 2013 and founded the large-format magazine, The Broadsheet. He makes a living as a journalist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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windswept trees
the empty spaces
inside my heart

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spring reduced
to hothouse flowers
… knee surgery

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low-lying stratus —
suppressing
the urge to cry

Julie Bloss Kelsey lives in Germantown, Maryland with her husband and three children. She enjoys writing short form poetry, crafting, and drinking decaf iced lattes. Visit her on Twitter (@MamaJoules).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

there’s a
tap-tap-tap of rain
on the water bowl
and the slow night train
goes rumbling by

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I keep
everything simple
around me
because in my heart
the river runs full

After decades of living in the States and Canada, Joy McCall now lives in her birthplace of Norwich, England, growing older but not much wiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the art in this issue was brought to you by Debbie Strange, you can read more about her here — https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

publication credits —

the bickering – Eucalypt 19, 2015

this amulet – Bright Stars 7 Tanka Anthology, 2014

dark-eyed junco – Frameless Sky 3, 2015

sun catcher – Kokako 23, 2015

gulls nesting – Undertow Tanka Review 7, Honourable Mention, First Annual Tanka Competition, 2015

#72

welcome to this week’s packed issue of hedgerow! as always, grateful to readers & contributors alike. enjoy…

 

the art in this issue was brought to you by Debbie Strange. you can follow her blog here–

debbiemstrange.blogspot.ca

 

with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

haiku moment
I step outside
myself

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catching up-
all the updates
we skip over

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reunion
measuring how far
we moved apart

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alone at home
I try to reason
with a leaky faucet

 

Debbi Antebi (@debbisland) exhales oxygen while writing poems. She lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her husband and books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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his mood swings
the pain in my chest
deepens

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a monarch flutters
the pages in my book
become one

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sun shower
today I will be polite
to you

 

Jade Pisani resides in Victoria, Australia. She has been writing haiku for the past five years and feels they are so addictive that sometimes she needs to pull over from driving to capture the moment. If she does not have pen and paper on her, she has been known to write a phrase on her rear vision mirror with lipstick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fools gold —
the forever
you promised
before you turned
and walked away

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slow blues —
the everything
I’d give
for just one night
with you

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all the lives
I could have lived —
magnolia breeze

 

Paul Smith is a poet from Worcester in the UK. Alongside poetry Paul enjoys Japanese style ink painting, building cigar box guitars and playing old time blues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dangerous shorebreak how else to fall in love

 

Meik Blöttenberger was born in Baltimore to German immigrant parents. He is currently living in Hanover, Pennsylvania and in a decade will be retiring to the high desert of Arizona. His other passions are photography and traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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crystal night
brittle stars
in the rock pool

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pebble beach
the night gleaming
with many moons

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waiting in the rain
droplets of water
on her pearls

 

Simon Hanson now lives in sunny Queensland not too far from the shores of the Pacific ocean. He now composes haiku in a lush sub-tropical garden in the company of rosellas, rainbow lorikeets, king parrots, kookaburras and some very insistent butcher birds that arrive punctually for breakfast every morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cherry blossoms
husband’s arthritic hands
tear a flower

Ana Prundaru lives in a forest-side home near a zoo in Switzerland and will probably never get used to being awakened by lions’ roars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spring cardinal —
carrying the wind
in his crest

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (http://www.hsa-haiku.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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waves breaking
on Otto’s Reef
no relief
from the excessive
heat of my passions

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graffiti scrawled on
the pylons and undersides
of bridges…
the words
of the prophets

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the town shrouded in misty rain
ghostly coconut palms
barely visible
even after all this time
I’m still haunted by her death

 

Ivan Randall lives in St Marys (N.S.W.), Australia not far from the Blue Mountains. He has been writing haiku and tanka since 2013. He also writes sonnets and free verse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

what is naked
and lives in the twilight
like a specter…
silence fills me,
an autumn butterfly

Sergio A. Ortiz is the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. His collections of Tanka, For the Men to Come (2014), and From Life to Life (2014) were released by Amazon and Createspace as well as his full print collection of poems: At the Tail End of Dusk (2014). His collection of poems in Spanish, A La Orilla Lenta De Un Ocaso, was also released by Amazon and Createspace (2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some days
seem to require 
such raw energy
just to dwell
in the nearness of life

Nancy Cross Dunham lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, Michael.  She writes poetry to try to figure out what she’s learning about herself, the world and the other people in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the art in this issue was brought to you by Debbie Strange. the poems alone previously appeared in A Hundred Gourds. find out more about Debbie Strange here… https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/