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2023 Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems — Short List

The Haiku Foundation is pleased to announce the Short List for the 2023 Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems. The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems recognize excellence and innovation in English-language haiku and senryu published in juried public venues during each calendar year. 

In this second round, the panel selected their top choices from the Long List. This list reflects the 29 highest-scoring poems tallied from the collective voting. In the final round, the panel will select the haiku and senryu from the Short List that will be recognized as the Awarded poems for 2023.

Many thanks to our distinguished panelists:  Roberta Beary, Gregory Longenecker, Marianne Paul, Agnes Eva Savich, Dan Schwerin, and Shloka Shankar.

The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems final results will be announced on April 17, as part of The Haiku Foundation’s celebration of International Haiku Poetry Day.

 

Please join us in cheering on these fine poets!

 

Robin Smith,
Coordinator, Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems

 

hunger moon

a mother swaddles

her silent infant

     —Farah Ali, Suspect Device #11

 

 

the mother my summer died

     —Susan Antolin, Mariposa 49

 

 

spring cleaning

we sweep a war

under the rug

     —Marilyn Ashbaugh, haikuKATHA, Issue 16, Feb 2023

 

 

while(the clouds turn into rain)the lily blooms

     —Norma Bradley, whiptail: journal of the single-line poem, Issue 7; while the lily blooms, Yavanika Press (2023)

 

 

forest walk

the phoenix stirring

within me

     —Antoinette Cheung, Wales Haiku Journal, Summer 2023

 

 

early phone call

I watch grief claim

my mother’s face

     —Marion Clarke, Under the Basho, November 5, 2023

 

 

coastal walk

the tumult of the sea

in my son’s eyes

     —Adele Evershed, Wales Haiku Journal, Spring 2023

 

 

proxy war chills at Netflix

     —Tazeen Fatma, Prune Juice Journal, Issue 39

 

 

breaking waves

we talk with our children

about our ashes

     —Bruce Feingold, tinywords, Issue 23.1, May 17, 2023

 

 

bone white winter moon breath of a snow hare

     —Joan C. Fingon, whiptail: journal of the single-line poem, Issue 6

 

 

cocooned

feeling my wings

become

     —Mark Gilbert, Stardust Haiku, Issue #73 January 2023

 

 

cathedral vaulting

the centuries

of whale fall

     —Laurie Greer, Kingfisher #7

 

 

infant funeral

the hush of snow falling

into an ocean

     —John Hawkhead, Asahi Haikuist Network, November 3, 2023

 

 

should you clip my rorschach’s wings 

     —Jonathan Humphrey, Prune Juice, Issue 41

 

 

six spruces where astral rhymes are scent

     —Jonathan Humphrey, whiptail: journal of the single-line poem, Issue 8

 

 

THiRD PLaNET FROm THE SUN an antHILL

     —Julie Bloss Kelsey, tsuri-dōrō, Issue 17, Sept/Oct 2023

 

 

hospice invoice:

date of arrival

date of departure

     —Ellen Kom, Prune Juice Journal, Issue 39

 

 

father’s war journal…

an ocean without

a shore

     —Kathryn Liebowitz, Kingfisher #8

 

 

until it’s a noun garden

     —Matthew Markworth, Modern Haiku, 54.2

 

 

inexperienced moonlight in the bed of lilies

     —Mary McCormack, Kingfisher, Issue 8, October 2023

 

 

robin songs

an immigrant’s child

translates for grandpa

     —Joe McKeon, Robert Spiess Haiku Contest 2023

 

 

                                                 and i

the fine slackline

                               and i

                                                                           and i

     —Kati Mohr, Marlene Mountain Memorial Contest 2023

 

 

beam by beam

the old barn taken down

to sky

     —Peter Newton, The Heron’s Nest, Volume 25, June 2023

 

 

laughing daughters somewhere sunflowers

     —John Pappas, FreshOut Magazine, July 2, 2023

 

 

advice for my son —

the tissue paper

protecting each pear

     —Chad Lee Robinson, The Heron’s Nest, Volume 25, March 2023

 

 

folding towels

my mother’s way

with the past

     —Michele Root-Bernstein, The Heron’s Nest, Volume 25, March 2023

 

 

broken rice bowl-

I never stopped

to be a daughter

     —Maria Teresa Sisti, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Friday, June 16, 2023; KM100NZ International Haiku Competition 2023

 

 

all the notes I’ll never reach birdsong

     —Jennifer Sutherland, Modern Haiku, 54.3, Autumn 2023

 

 

summer

sliding into autumn

slow trombone jazz

     —Tony Williams, Haiku in Action, Week 72

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. all the notes I’ll never reach birdsong

    —Jennifer Sutherland, Modern Haiku, 54.3, Autumn 2023

    🙂 Way to go, Jen!

    best wishes from me.

  2. I am so honored to make the Touchstone Short List! Wonderful poems by many talented people. Much appreciated. Many thanks to the panel judges.

  3. Such wonderful news- thank you Robin and all the panel. Congratulations to all the poets- I’m honored to be in your company!

  4. An astonishment and an honor to find my haiku shortlisted alongside such work of imagination and vision. A bow of gratitude to Robin and the Touchstone panelists.

  5. Wow! What fantastic news. Good luck and congratulations to all the finalists – and thanks for all your efforts to the judges!

  6. It’s an honor to be included on the short list with such fine poets and poems! My thanks to the Touchstone panelists.

  7. Huge congratulations to all the selected poets. Best wishes!

    Warm regards,
    Richa Sharma

      1. Thank you so much, Julie 🙂 Your work is exceptional and I was certain to see it on the shortlist.

        Warm regards,
        Richa

  8. Deep bow of gratitude to Robin and the distinguished panelists. Eternal gratitude to Kala Ramesh, founder, and the entire Triveni community for all the encouragement and support.

    1. Rich, I loved the movement in your poem and the phrasing of “deer quiet dawn” which gave extra readings to the words.

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