cattails – Editor’s Choice Haiku

The latest issue of cattails, under the new editorial direction of Sonam Chhoki, went live today, and I’m most grateful to Sonam Chhoki, Geethanjali Rajan, and Gautam Nadkarni for my poems inclusion in the journal.

I am especially thankful to Haiku Editor Geethanjali Rajan for selecting my poem, below, as an Editor’s Choice haiku.  This is the first time I’ve received this recognition – thank you!

Go to cattails April 2017 Issue to read more!

cattails Editor's Choice Haiku

february, 2017

Thanks so much, John Martone!


Click on the links below to read

otata 14 (February 2017)

— and from otata’s bookshelf —

David Miller — From Late to Early


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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—John Martone

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Hedgerow #100

Caroline Skanne, founding editor of hedgerow: a journal of small poems, just released the special year-end issue and the publications 100th issue! Congratulations, hedgerow!

I have two poems in it, my first appearance in hedgerow – many thanks again, Caroline! I’m always proud to have a poem standing beside favorite haiku authors I admire and revere.

Check out this issue available online and in print.

open mic night
the harmonica player
starts to sing

© Tom Sacramona

Workplace Haiku

Jim Kacian ran a haiku column in London featuring poems about WORK. He has brought his project to The Haiku Foundation and solicited responses from haiku poets about this theme, and this week the first installment went live—one of mine is featured! Check out all the work haiku for week 1.

only so many hours
with a necktie . . .
cherry blossoms

© Tom Sacramona


New England Memories (Concord, MA)

New England Memories is an eMagazine that celebrates the uniqueness of the New England landscape and its people in true stories, poetry, artwork, and photography. Since Linda Thomas started this venture (and a jump over to her site reveals she has a hand in many publications) New England Memories has been open to the haiku genre. In the fall of 2015, Susan Murata published some great haiku here & I am happy to have had two haiku accepted by New England Memories for their Fall 2016 Issue here. Thanks, Linda Thomas!

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts is the final resting place of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel & Sophia Hawthorne, as well as Louisa May Alcott. They may all be found in a section of the cemetery adeptly called “Author’s Ridge.”

Back in January 2014, Stonehill College ran an article on my English class and Professor Laura Scales about her course: Living American Literature. When asked to discuss my experience I said:

“I have grown up in New England my whole life, but after this class I find my own backyard is a mystery in need of exploration. American history is tumultuous. The class was tossed upon the Mayflower in Plimoth. We met Louisa May Alcott a couple of hundred years later; and while in Concord, we paid a visit to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s former residence (I found a small, vacant beehive in the attic – my souvenir!).

The literature with which we were engaged in class gave us as wide an experience as the places we traveled and the beaches we walked upon.  My perspective of the literary canon grew to include sermons, journals, and letters.  And I also learned if you were affluent and wanted to show off, you hammered extra nails into your front door.  It’s the little things that made this class truly special.—Thomas Sacramona, Class of 2015”

I know my first haiku in New England Memories began during this travel experience to historical sites in New England and through our class engagement with the Transcendental literature. Please read more about the class and what we accomplished at Stonehill College here. Below is that first haiku:

Author’s Ridge
even the well-trodden graves
have busy ants

© Tom Sacramona 


© “Hitting the Road in Search of American National Identity” Stonehill College


Hedgerow & City and Sea

I’m very pleased to have two poems appearing in issue #100 of hedgerow: a journal of small poems—thank you, Caroline Skanne! This is also a rare print & online hedgerow issue.

Frequency Writers replied to me this week, too, saying they will include one of my “long” poems in their up-coming City and Sea Anthology. This is the second year of this anthology, featuring work inspired by Rhode Island’s urban and ocean ecosystems. The spring release will be commemorated with an author reading—more details to follow. Thank you, too, Frequency!

—Tom Sacramona

Remembering Haiku Elvis (Carlos Colón)

Haiku poet and extraordinary mentor, Carlos Colón, passed away on October 30, 2016. I offer my condolences for the loss of Carlos to his family and friends. The haiku community with be less vibrant without his presence. I only knew Carlos through editorial exchanges with Under the Basho 2016, but he was a patient and dedicated editor, and he will be sorely missed.

The Haiku Foundation offered this message to the haiku community about Carlos’ passing on Thursday, November 3rd. Also, on The Haiku Foundation website, Carlos Colón’s book “Mountain Climbing” (1993) is available as a PDF for free—I encourage everyone to examine this highly anthologized poet—a specialist of concrete poetry and the humorous verse.

Carlos was the editor for the Concrete Haiku category of Under the Basho 2016, and you can read my poems Carlos accepted here. I feel privileged to have had Carlos work with me on the first poem, “long division”, where he offered significant guidance. I am forever grateful I had this opportunity to correspond with him, however briefly. Carlos was dedicated to his craft and to teaching others the way of haiku. Thank you, Carlos.

As the webmaster of UtB2016, Hansha Teki, said of Carlos, “He was one in more than 6 billion and I am still trying to adjust to his absence.”

—Tom Sacramona