2019 Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Contest

I have not updated my web-page lately because I have been very busy with work and writing, however I am pleased to share here that in April I was thrilled to have two haiku place as Honorable Mentions in the 2019 Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Contest. Thank you so much to all the contest judges, especially Kate Finnegan and John Ziemba.  I will include one of the poems below and encourage you to go to the Boston Haiku Society website when they post the winners to enjoy those as well.  At the award ceremony, I was happy to see again Ann Magyar (congrats on 1st place haiku!) and Marita Gargiulo (congrats on 1st place senryu!) and read other favorite poets among the honorable mentions, such as Brad Bennett, Peter Newton, Debbie Strange, Scott Mason, and Larry Rungren.  The judges of the contest observed at the award ceremony they assumed I would be much older based on one of my haiku:

it’s not a sickbed
and I’m not sick—
deep winter

© Tom Sacramona

Solstice Series Selection 2018

SolsticeSeriesBadge-2018Folded Word is featuring its first ever “Solstice Series Selections” and these will appear on their website here following the sun tomorrow, be sure to check it out.  Enjoy my poem about Abenaki Tower in Wolfeboro, NH, and appreciate other work by Debbie Strange, Celia Wiseman, Kelly R. Samuels, Fiona Jones, Jennifer Hambrick, Mickey Kulp, Eileen Curran-Kondrad, and Roberta Beach Jacobson.

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“calligraphy” – Folded Word

calligraphy - Folded Word

Many thanks to the multi-talented folks at Folded Word Press, especially

I am very impressed with the video, time, and effort that goes into each Folded Word project.  I cannot express enough gratitude to the editors for selecting “calligraphy” and giving it a lovely home in ink.

Please check out this video and the Folded Word website here.

calligraphy

dusk falls—
the human changes
to a fox in the brush

©2018 by Tom Sacramona

New Year’s Day

Thank you Chen-ou for accepting my poem and translating it for your blog NeverEnding Story. This is my first poem ever accepted by The Heron’s Nest and editor/now president of the Haiku Society of America, Fay Aoyagi – thanks again! This poem was also included in Scott Mason’s The Wonder Code.

A Boy's Drum

The joyful tone of the haiku is visually effectively conveyed through the emotionally resonant juxtaposition of New Year and the dancing dragon.

 

Wind Chimes

New England Letters is run by Wanda Cook, the northeast regional coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. In this month’s issue, Marita Gargiulo from Connecticut recognized my poem and one by Edward J. Rielly (author of Answers Instead by Encircle Publications) as poems she particularly enjoyed from NEL #79:

” Both are very nicely done . . . they entice us to conjure up of memory of sound which enhances the silence. Thanks.”

Thanks, Marita!

Below is that poem. Before sending it to NEL, I had spent a weekend at my aunts’ in Cranston, RI. They have the best wind chimes:

nor’easter
wind chimes knot
the silence

© Tom Sacramona

 

July 2017

Otata

Click on the links below to read

otata 19 July 2017

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Otata will come again
one day
late fall in the mountains

— Santoka as translated by Burton Watson

Otata mo aru hi wa kite kureru yama no aki fukaku

As Watson notes, “Otata was a woman who went around selling fish in the area of Santoka’s cottage in Matsuyama.”

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All works copyright © 2017 by the respective poets.

Address submissions to otatahaiku@gmail.com

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Akitsu Quarterly

Akitsu Quarterly, a print published by Robin White out of New Hampshire, is one of my favorite journals! It is a rich magazine, with outstanding images and haiga between the work of my favorite poets. Again, I’m happy to appear in it – thank you, Robin! Here is a selection:

a pair of slugs
their love-affair started
six miles east

AQ Fall 2016

the wind
gives nothing away
corn maze

AQ Winter 2016

a hawk teeters
above the cul-de-sac
wind chimes

AQ Spring 2017

finished
she turns kite string
into a chrysalis

AQ Summer 2017

© Tom Sacramona