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Per Diem for November 2018: Ravens and Crows

Per Diem: Daily Haiku for November features Silvia Kempen’s collection on “Ravens and Crows.”

Silvia says that through her selections she aims to highlight corvid being: the inventiveness and adaptability of these birds, with some species being able to recognise themselves in the mirror, even show empathy. Their proximity to human communities has meant that from ancient times, ravens and crows entered human mythology and folklore, populated the arts and our mindscapes, becoming potent religious, spiritual, dream symbols – and now they even inhabit Per Diem: Daily Haiku!

Each day in November a poem will appear on the top right hand corner of the THF site header. Enjoy!

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  1. Ravens and crows…and all of Alan’s brilliant ‘corvid collection’…what could be better than that?
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    first hard frost—
    even the crow’s raucous cawing
    is white
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    Wild Plum, a haiku journal, 2:2, Fall & Winter 2016

  2. Ravens and crows – how wonderful, Silvia!
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    (This will no doubt be of great interest also to my fellow crow fan, Alan Summers 🙂 )
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    marion

    1. You are so right Marion! 🙂
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      And here are just a small selection from my own corvid collection:
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      mist haze-
      a crow cleans its beak
      on a rooftop aerial
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      Alan Summers
      Azami 38 (Japan 1996)
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      dark news
      the comfort
      of crows
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      Alan Summers
      First Publication: tinywords 15.1 (2015)
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      Features:
      Brass Bell Showcase: Alan Summers (July 2015)
      Haiku Foundation Per Diem Daily Haiku: “Loaded” ed. Marion Clarke (October 2018)
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      moonlighting crows in other colors
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      Alan Summers
      Frogpond (39:1) Winter Issue 2016
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      Anthology:
      Full of Moonlight (Haiku Society of America) 2016 ed. David Grayson
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      day moon
      a crow slices
      half of it
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      Alan Summers
      The Eight Assassins haibun pub. moongarlic issue 5 November 2015
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      night-tide
the rook takes back
its moon
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      Alan Summers
      Acorn #31 2013

      Article: The Moon is Broken: Juxtaposition in haiku article Scope vol. 60 no. 3 (FAWQ magazine April 2014)
      Feature: Brassbell Spotlight July 2014
      Charlotte Digregrio best of haiku feature (August 2015)
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      Pushcart Prize Nominated (2014)

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      intermittent rain I shed another crow
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      Alan Summers
      Frogpond (36:3 autumn 2013)
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      powdered snow –
a crow’s eyes above
the no parking sign
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      Alan Summers
      Joint Winner, Haiku International Association 10th Anniversary Haiku Contest (Japan 1999)
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      secret garden
      a clue to everything
      lies with the crows
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      Alan Summers
      Mainichi Shimbun (Japan) July 2016
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      lone crow
      rain crosses
      the moon
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      Alan Summers
      Asahi Shimbun (June 2018)
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      a teaspoon of spice
crows bottle the wind in caws
      and then release it
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      Alan Summers
      8th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum Haiku Contest 2016

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      night crows
      the haystacks lose
      their moonlight

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      Alan Summers
      Wild Plum, Spring & Summer 2015 issue
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      Anthology Credit:
      Behind the Tree Line
      (Selected haiku from the Wild Plum – a haiku journal and the Wild Plum Haiku Contest 2015)
      ed. Gabriel Sawicki

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      crow-flecked
the jack of all moons
      rising rising
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      Alan Summers
      Scope Vol 62 No 1 (The magazine of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Qld) Inc February 2016)
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      petrichor
a scent of leaves
      in the crow call

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      Alan Summers
      Scope Vol 62 No 1 (The magazine of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Qld) Inc February 2016)
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      corn moon
      the jackdaw shifts
      its iris
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      Alan Summers
      Asahi Shimbun (International Haiku Day April 17th 2015, Japan)

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      another hot day
      a leaking water pipe stopped
      by the jackdaw’s beak
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      Alan Summers
      Honourable Mention, 14th Mainichi Haiku Contest (Japan 2010)

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