The Haiku Foundation Announces Its Touchstone Individual Poems Short List for 2020
The Haiku Foundation is pleased to announce The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems 2020 Short List. 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. In the final round the panel will select the haiku from the Short List that will be recognized as the Awarded haiku for 2020.
Many thanks to our distinguished panelists: Chuck Brickley, Anna Maris, Pravat Kumar Padhy, Christopher Patchel, Michelle Tennison, and Angela Terry.
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.
Bruce H. Feingold
Chair, Touchstone Awards
through the cracked window a chirp of sunlight Kelly Sauvage Angel, Wales Haiku Journal (Summer 2020) within the song of a winter wren another begins Joanna Ashwell, Shamrock 43 viewing the tree three generations of crossed arms Roberta Beary, Modern Haiku 51.1 co- v. id Helen Buckingham, Bones 20 midnight blue a grandma-shaped crater on the moon Hemapriya Chellappan, Blo͞o Outlier Journal 1 returning time a poppy seed drops the sun Beate Conrad, Sonic Boom 18 in the space our light makes moths Gary Hotham, Gratitude in the Time of Covid-19: The Haiku Hecameron washing our hands— each soap bubble holds all the colors Christine Horner, GEPPO XLV:3 moving van . . . everything but the growth marks on the closet door Elinor Pihl Huggett, GEPPO XLV:3 steady rain might as well keep walking Bill Kenney, The Heron’s Nest XXII.1 fall starts measuring time in butterflies Craig Kittner, Bones 21 what remains after the river is gone this empty bed Kat Lehmann, Mayfly 68 long before language the S of the river Annette Makino, Francine Porad Haiku Award, 2020, First Place switching to a lower case i autumn stars Matthew Markworth, Modern Haiku 51.3 pre-dawn stars the rattle of glass bottles from a passing milk truck John McManus, hedgerow 132 bloodwood moon a starving dingo paces the rain shadow Ron C. Moss, Failed Haiku 49 dusk between the fragments of a prehistoric bird I recognize my mother’s beak Reka Nyitrai, NOON: journal of the short poem 16 her eulogy— the sound of the ocean in a small shell Carol Ann Palomba, Mayfly 68 an orchid trapped in a paperweight child bride Vandana Parasha, The Heron’s Nest XX11.4 horse pasture the prairie wind moves with muscle Chad Lee Robinson, The Heron’s Nest 22:4 adult coloring book I still can’t stay within the lines Adelaide B. Shaw, Failed Haiku 51 in the space left by twilight crickets Ann Schwader, tiny words (8/13/2020) before we were human the sparrow’s call Tiffany Shaw-Diaz, Heliosparrow Poetry Journal (10 Jan 2020) pasture fence where the paint ran out a bluebird’s song Rick Tarquinio, The Heron’s Nest 22:1 our car never nearer the shimmer of black water on the desert road Richard Tice, The haiku pea podcast Series 3, Episode 24, 2020 blackbird singing light into the womb Stephen Toft, is/let (2020) what pines! what lady's slippers! when i take tomorrow's walk Vincent Tripi, Modern Haiku 51.3 rain-soaked earth a robin tugs one end of the universe Julie Warther, Frogpond 43:3 moss-grown stone a daughter’s age in days Mike White, Frogpond 43.3
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Congratulations, and good luck to all. The panelists have their work cut out for them!
An excellent selection here! How would you begin to choose?
Well done all and the very best of luck.
Congratulations to everyone. Such wonderful poems. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them
This poem is mesmerizing. However, I notice that the author’s name is misspelled. It should be ‘Annette.’
long before language the S of the river
Anette Makino, Francine Porad Haiku Award, 2020, First Place
Congratulations to the poets! What a wonderful set of poems!
A bunch of outstanding poems ,a sheer pleasure to read best poets , thanks to the selection committee .
Enjoyed and inspired ,
Good luck to everyone, so lovely to be included xx
Congratulations one and all. A wealth of good poems.
A pleasure reading them.
Congratulations to everyone on the shortlist! Good luck to all!
Congratulations to every single poet who made it to the shortlist!
I’m also delighted that Blo͞o Outlier Journal has a shortlisted poet!
And that Blo͞o Outlier Journal haibun/tanka story/zuihitsu guest co-editor is also shortlisted!
Of course my fellow, and now both of us are former Bristol UK haiku poets, Helen Buckingham!
And fellow Irish breakfast café eating companion, along with Karen, and Frank, which is Roberta!
Good luck to everybody!!!
Thank you, Alan! Your comment makes my heart sing (line stolen from The Troggs!)
Ah, The Troggs, great band! 🙂
Yes, I remember playing drums to Wild Thing in 1968 over and over again. I check old pictures, from time to time, because. “I want to know for sure.” I wrote a haibun about this I’ll share sometime with you and Roberta.
I never met Keith Moon (a fave drummer) but Vivian Stanshall strolled into my dad’s restaurant as we closed. We couldn’t feed him, and he doesn’t drum, but we chatted and chatted. A cool dude!
Look forward to your photographs and seeing your haibun. Let us know when and where it’s published!
Thanks so much, Alan. Congratulations everyone!
Good luck Helen! 🙂
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