The Haiku Foundation is pleased to announce The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems for haiku and senryu published in 2022. Just under 1300 poems were nominated this year by poets, readers, and editors around the world. The Individual Poems Panel considered the poems as a group as well as individually. A first winnowing resulted in the Long List of 53 poems from a wide range of journals, books, and contests, and a second round of voting and discussion led to the Short List of 31 poems. Our third and final round recognizes five poems with the highest honor of Awarded.
I speak for the entire panel when I say the quality of poems this year was exceptional. The Awarded poems represent the panel’s assessment of the very best of what English-language haiku and senryu have to offer. I wish to thank its members — Roberta Beary, Gregory Longenecker, Pravat Kumar Padhy, Marianne Paul, Agnes Eva Savich, and Angela Terry — for their diligence, expertise, and effort.
We will soon be sharing the panelists’ commentaries for these poems in future posts.
Join us in congratulating the winning poets!
Robin Anna Smith,
Coordinator, Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems
coming out . . .
my father’s love
with an *
— Peg Cherrin-Myers, Kingfisher #6, October 2022
once more around the dance floor IV pole
— Lorraine A Padden, Blōō Outlier Journal, Senryu Special, New Year’s Eve/Winter 2022
shifting clouds my child’s pronouns
— Bryan Rickert, Prune Juice Journal, Issue 38
where my son
grew too old
— Chad Lee Robinson, Prune Juice Journal, Issue 37
— Joshua Eric Williams, Rattle, Poets Respond, July 2022