#106

welcome to #106 of hedgerow. this week features haiga by resident artist Debbie Strange.

if you missed it last week, the next special edition PRINT ISSUE of hedgerow is scheduled for early spring. it will feature one poem per poet, selected from the usual submissions.

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as always grateful to to readers & contributors alike.

this week features work by Julie Warther, Ian Willey, Debbie Strange, Paul David Mena, Michael Dylan Welch, Margherita Petriccione, Kath Abela Wilson, Dave Read, Julie Kelsey, Pat Davis, Joy McCall, Christina Sng, Joshua Gage, Louise Hopewell, Rachel Sutcliffe & ai li.

 

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Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

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#104

welcome to #104 of hedgerow! this week features photo haiga by Ron C. Moss. as always grateful to readers & contributors alike…

if you missed it last week —

excited to announce that the talented Chase Gagnon has joined hedgerow as a resident artist! you can read more about him over at our resident artist / in conversation page —“Poetry is embedded in me. My mom used to read me Edgar Allan Poe every night before bed when I was a kid…” https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

this week features work by John Hawkhead, Ron C. Moss, Michael Dylan Welch, Andrea Cecon, Terri French, Martha Magenta, Sandi Pray, kjmunro, Barry George, Ola Lindberg, Paul Chambers, Angela Terry & Julie Warther.

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Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

#103

welcome to this week’s packed issue of hedgerow! thanks to everyone for turning up week after week, readers & contributors alike.

excited to announce that the talented Chase Gagnon has joined hedgerow as a resident artist! you can read more about him over at our resident artist / in conversation page — “Poetry is embedded in me. My mom used to read me Edgar Allan Poe every night before bed when I was a kid…” https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

this week features work by Chase Gagnon, Veronika Zora Novak, Joy McCall, Ola Lindberg, Marta Chocilowska, Larry Kimmel, Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco, Gabriel Bates, Deborah P Kolodji, David J Kelly, Barry George, Jennifer Hambrick, Terri French & Mike Rehling.

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Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

#102

welcome to #102 of hedgerow. as always, grateful to readers & contributors alike!

this week features work by Larry Kimmel, Debbie Strange, Deborah P Kolodji, Dietmar Tauchner, Joy McCall, Rachel Sutcliffe, Zee Zahava, Christina Sng, Chen-ou Liu, Julie Warther, Elmedin Kadric, Anna Cates, Maria Laura Valente, Michael Rehling & Ron C. Moss.

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Caroline Skanne,
founding editor

 

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#84

welcome to #84 of hedgerow. this week features haiga & photographs by Chase Gagnon. grateful to contributors & readers alike, thank you all for being here… enjoy!

please note —

submissions are now closed, as hedgerow is taking a summer break after #86 (15th July). you will be notified once submissions reopen, on our facebook page below.

 

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caroline skanne
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tuning the fiddle
to the guitar
on an iphone

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rising
with the delta kite
my inner child’s laughter

Ben Moeller-Gaa is the author of two haiku chapbooks, the Pushcart nominated Wasp Shadows (Folded Word Press 2014) and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (poor metaphor design 2014). Learn more about Ben at www.benmoellergaa.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
wet leaves –
memory of “Wildwood Flower”
on Dad’s harmonica

A classical musician and public radio broadcaster, producer, and blogger, Jennifer Hambrick lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA.  Visit her on Facebook, or on Twitter at @JenHambrick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Dawn

Blind since birth,
the old man says
he’s seen thirty
thousand sunrises.

They were described to him
far better than folklore
by peals of birdsong
through his open window.

Ben Banyard lives in Portishead, UK. His debut pamphlet, Communing, was published by Indigo Dreams in February 2016. Ben edits Clear Poetry, a web journal dedicated to promoting accessible work by newcomers and old hands alike – https://clearpoetry.wordpress.com. Blog: https://benbanyard.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finding
that space within…
deep rock pool

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seaweed
spills a hand
over rock
green threads on
dry reds

Christina Martin has always enjoyed writing and is inspired by nature and the beautiful surroundings of Pembrokeshire in West Wales where she lives with her husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chase Gagnon is an amateur photographer and poet living in Detroit, Michigan who enjoys long walks on the streets taking pictures of people and urban scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the scent
of burning sage
the sound
of low slow blues
– logs on the fire

I decide
to plant my grave
before I die
buttercups, cow parsley
forget-me-nots

walking around
in the long grass
at end of day
the circle
completes itself

sitting quietly
in the meadow
watching
small field mice
gathering seeds

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

notes of
       a meadow’s song
             down the page
   cabbage whites

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

what keeps me here
in this place I don’t belong?
rolling green hills
endless wild flower sky
solitude of country roads

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four a.m.
owl at the window rattles
me awake
is this a warning or
a call to adventure?

Carole Johnston lives in her imagination most of the time, but sometimes, she lives in Lexington,Kentucky. She writes short poems every day and has published two books of poetry: “Journeys-Getting Lost” and “Manic Dawn.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

night train
a whistle sounds
from the toy box

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prairie sky
the wide view
of childhood

Dave Read is a Canadian poet.  His work can be found on his blog, davereadpoetry.blogspot.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#82

welcome to #82 of hedgerow. thrilled to announce the launch of the latest wildflower poetry press title — ‘between here and home a lifetime’ by Mike Keville. for further information, the link below will take you to wildflower poetry press.

this week features artwork by resident artist Debbie Strange. as always, grateful to contributors & readers alike.

 

with love & kindness,

 

caroline skanne
founding editor

 

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ocean stars
the sound
of no shore

Paul Chambers is a haiku author from Newport, South Wales. His work can be viewed at www.paulchambershaiku.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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passing clouds
the silence of shadows
between us

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another year gone
your mug
on the shelf

Rachel Sutcliffe, from Yorkshire, UK, has suffered from a serious immune disorder for the past 15 years, throughout this time writing has been her therapy, it’s what keeps her from going insane!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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200 miles . . .
this plum blossom
on my windshield

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) lives in Dover, Ohio and serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (www.hsa-haiku.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chrysanthemums —
flower girl tells me
the price has jumped

Emmanuel Jessie Kalusian is a young haijin from Nigeria. He began writing haiku in 2012. He is the co-founder of Africa Haiku Network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gardenias…
my hands filling
with yours

Elizabeth Alford is a magna cum laude graduate of California State University, East Bay (B.A. English, 2014). She lives in Hayward, California and co-hosts the reading group Poetry Express, based in Berkeley. http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethAlfordPoetry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lightning streaks
our paradise
cracked open

Alegria Imperial, writes all forms of Japanese short poetry, as well as, mainstream poetry. She lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she immigrated from Manila, Philippines, ten years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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declining
the wedding invitation–
chipped conch shell

 

in the midst of darkness a resurrection fern

 

buttercups
the gentle grip of
childhood hands

 

between friends the swoop of a swallow

 

cold rain
a robin
robes its wings

 

eye of dawn please don’t airbrush

 

bad mood
a thunderstorm nears
the rapeseed field

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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the art in this issue was brought to you by Debbie Strange

https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/

http://www.debbiemstrange.blogspot.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

 

publication credits —

the poems by Debbie Strange have previously appeared  here —

in the hills & midnight sun – cattails, May 2016

the sweater – Undertow Tanka Review, Issue 7, 2015

you made me – The Bamboo Hut, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#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

#76

welcome to #76 of hedgerow. this week features artwork by Brendan Slater. as always grateful to readers & contributors alike. please have a peek at our poetry / art book reviews page ( https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poetry-art-book-reviews/ ) as it has been updated. further we have some exciting news to announce in the near future, stay tuned…

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with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

meadowlark–
she asks if I’m
listening

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express lane
a celebrity’s
post-baby bod

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they must be fighting again
Dad’s playing
with the bristle blocks

Ian Willey is an American social scientist now living in Japan. He hopes to someday see senryu and haiku on the backs of cereal boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this summer, I’ll clothe myself
in colors and fabrics
I want to wear, and not wait
to lose some undue weight
… I ask, how many summers remain?

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellipsis

When we met there was a lot of noise. A lot of questions and getting to know each other. Now we know each other well. Predicted movements followed by finished sentences. We hold each other after making love. Hold hands while driving but don’t feel the need to force conversation. We graciously, humbly, excitedly live in the . . .

Gabriel Patterson (@GabePatterson77) lives in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) with his family. He escapes the city’s neon lights by writing poetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brendan Slater is a father and a writer of small poems. He was born and lives in Stoke-On-Trent, England, but he spent four years living in The Netherlands in a small village called Slagharen. He co-edits the E-zine Moongarlic (www.moongarlic.org) and is one of the partners at Yet To Be Named Free Press (www.yettobenamedfreepress.org).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

three women
singing siren songs
by the beachfire
rowdy with real ale
blood-red port and pale saké

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yellowhammers
in the evergreen, singing
the old song –
a little bit of bread
and no cheese

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the poet says
you are kind
and in my head
Robert Johnson
sings the blues

Joy McCall lives in Norwich, England, growing older but not much wiser. Most of her books are available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

that summer sky
filled with our childhood dreams…
I sleep alone
under the water-stained ceiling
of a rooming house

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this moonlit night
flirts with loneliness
no wine
I shoot the moon down
with an arrow of words

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the shards
of our wedding plate
after the fight
I start to know
the sharper pieces of her

Chen-ou Liu is currently the editor and translator of NeverEnding Story, http://neverendingstoryhaikutanka.blogspot.ca/, and the author of five books, including Following the Moon to the Maple Land (First Prize, 2011 Haiku Pix Chapbook Contest) and A Life in Transition and Translation ( Honorable Mention, 2014 Turtle Light Press Biennial Haiku Chapbook Competition)

 

 

 

#61

welcome to the first issue of 2016! this week features ‘book spine poems’ by Bill Waters, along with work by seven different poets. enjoy…

if you missed last issue’s sneak peek of Carole Johnston’s MANIC DAWN, the latest book to be released by wildflower poetry press, please visit our sister site here — https://wildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com/

 

with love & kindness.

 

caroline skanne

founding editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

everything
is not rose-colored
except at dawn

Ed Bremson has recently published three books of poetry and watched a lot of movies. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

new year —
a sprout from
the amaryllis bulb

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cross-country skiing —
a snowshoe hare freezes
in his tracks

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gentle snowfall . . .
acre upon acre
of the same prayer

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (http://www.hsa-haiku.org) Her most recent venture involves the installation of 30 haiku stones as part of the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum in Millersburg, Ohio. (http://www.innathoneyrun.com/successful-grand-opening-ceremony/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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morning light
a sparrow’s shadow
crosses the blinds

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railroad tracks our path through the woods

Dave Read is Canadian poet whose work has appeared in many journals, including hedgerow. You can find his haiku and other micropoetry on Twitter, @AsSlimAsImBeing.

 

 

 

 

 

wee hours jog
round and round
old moon and I

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listing gratitudes
dinner grows cold
again

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did you die
did I
will our ashes foster the same tree

Margaret Jones resides in Wisconsin, USA. She enjoys walking in the woods, binoculars in one hand and haiku notebook in the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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old nest box…
a flurry of blue birds
before the snow

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roasted chestnuts–
how could I forget
your laughter

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my dog leaps
into still night water
to fetch the moon

Mary Kendall lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she writes poems and endlessly tosses tennis balls to her Labrador retriever. Her current work and publications can be found on her poetry blog, A Poet in Time (www.apoetintime.com). She is the author of a chapbook, Erasing the Doubt (2015) and co-author of A Giving Garden (2009).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I never noticed
the parrot perched on my head
– first full moon of spring

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like a blue whale
the mountain
swims along slowly

Mike Andrelczyk is currently living in Strasburg, PA. Also lived in Los Angeles, Ca. and Lewes, De. He likes writing haiku about the ocean, potatoes, moons, plants – mostly little things except the ocean which is huge, and the moon which looks little but isn’t. Follow on Twitter @MikeAndrelczyk.

 

 

 

 

 

cherry blossom rain …
those who are rich in this world
and those who are not

Chen-ou Liu is currently the editor and translator of NeverEnding Story,http://neverendingstoryhaikutanka.blogspot.ca/, and the author of five books, including Following the Moon to the Maple Land (First Prize, 2011 Haiku Pix Chapbook Contest) and A Life in Transition and Translation (Honorable Mention, 2014 Turtle Light Press Biennial Haiku Chapbook Competition)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the book spine poems in this issue were brought to you by Bill Waters

Bill Waters lives in Pennington, New Jersey, U.S.A., with his wonderful wife and their three amazing cats. He enthusiastically posts his haiku and more at twitter.com/bill312 and billwatershaiku.wordpress.com, and his favorite hedgerow flower is the tickseed sunflower. foggy morning — / growing by the guardrail / tickseed sunflowers