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