The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems 2021 Shortlist
for the children
— Susan Antolin (Mariposa 44)
they were my daughters . . .
— Meredith Ackroyd (Frogpond 44:3)
of cherry blossoms
— Marilyn Ashbaugh (GEPPO XLVI:3)
the mother’s lullaby
— Hifsa Ashraf (kontinuum: kortárs haiku/contemporary haiku 1.1)
as the crow flies fentanyl
— Aaron Barry (Prune Juice 35)
the river in every room brown trout
— Bisshie (The Heron’s Nest 23.1)
gone to seed . . .
wind and light
sweep the field
— Tom Clausen (Upstate Dim Sum 2021/I)
sand unzips the
soles of my feet
— Robert Davey (Acorn 46)
the forest alive
— Pat Davis (Cold Moon, October 7, 2021)
the minor notes
in a half scale
slow rising moon
— Terri L. French (tsuri-dōrō: a small journal of haiku and senryū 5)
not just blowing smoke climate change
— Terri French (tinywords 21.2)
— Lee Gurga (Modern Haiku 52.1)
not as long
as it used to be
— Jennifer Hambrick (Wales Haiku Journal, Autumn 2021)
years of being who we are
my shirt letting the rain
— Gary Hotham (tsuri-dōrō: a small journal of haiku and senryū 4)
tearing the filter
off his cigarette —
— PMF Johnson (bottle rockets 44)
to what is not mine
the passing clouds
— Lakshmi Iyer (The Haiku Foundation Monthly Kukai, April 2021)
still some winter
in the turtle
— Laurie D. Morrissey (First Frost 1.1)
I build the snowman
— Peter Newton (The Heron’s Nest 23.2)
ancient wisdom —
naming negative space
in the night sky
— Helen Ogden (Cold Moon, October 22, 2021)
beneath the blossoms
she counts her years
on one hand
— Sasha A. Palmer (Japan Fair Haiku Contest 2021)
does the river know
its many names?
— Minal Sarosh (Akitsu Quarterly, Fall 2021)
scenting the night
with somewhere else
— Ann K. Schwader (The Heron’s Nest 23.1)
not every color
has a name . . .
— Tiffany Shaw-Diaz (Stardust Haiku 50)
childhood memories . . .
I open and close
the wrought iron gate
— Neena Singh (The Haiku Foundation Haiku Dialogue, October 6, 2021)
the blue swallows the blue swallows
— our thomas (Whiptail 1)
below the missing dog a missing woman
— Joan Torres (#FemkuMag 31)
conger eel thrashing in the creel this hunger
— Lew Watts (Wales Haiku Journal, Winter 2021)
– a lighthouse
– a lighthouse
— James Young (The Poetry Pea Journal of haiku and senryu: Spring 2021)
acres of cotton
his son asks if they’ll
be slaves again
— J. Zimmerman (Presence 71)
bobolink in flight
his song for her the length
of a hay field
— J. Zimmerman (Modern Haiku 52.3)
the delicate oars
of this lifeboat
— J. Zimmerman, (tinywords, October 14, 2021)
The Touchstone Distinguished Books Award 2021 Shortlist
Beary, Roberta, Maitiu Quinn, and Willie Walsh. One Breath (Clan Beo, artwork. Galway, Ireland: Doire Press, 2021).
Chambers, Paul. The Dry Bones (New Mills, UK: Red Ceilings Press, 2021).
Chhoki, Sonam, and Geethanjali Rajan. Unexpected Gift (Montreal, QC: éditions petits nuages, 2021).
Chula, Margaret. Firefly Lanterns (Brunswick, ME: Shanti Arts, 2021).
Hambrick, Jennifer. joyride (Winchester, VA: Red Moon Press, 2021).
Haynes, Tia and Jonathan Roman. After Amen: A Memoir in Two Voices (No Place: self-published, 2021).
Kacian, Jim, Terry Ann Carter, and Claudia Brefeld. the endangered C (Winchester, VA: Red Moon Press, 2021).
Kacian, Jim, and Julie Schwerin (editors). A New Resonance 12: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Winchester, VA: Red Moon Press, 2021).
Kenney, Bill. keep walking (Winchester, VA: Red Moon Press, 2021).
Kumar, Shobhana. A Sky Full of Bucket Lists (New Delhi, India: Red River Press, 2021).
Pauly, Bill. Walking Uneven Ground: Selected Haiku by Bill Pauly (Editors Randy and Shirley Brooks. Taylorville, IN: Brooks Books, 2021).
Read, Dave. Fifty at Fifty: My Haiku (No Place: self-published, 2021).
Rotella, Alexis, and Friends. Grandmother’s Pearls: Dream Anthology (Greensboro, NC: Jade Mountain Press, 2021).
Shankar, Shloka (Editor). where the roots are: Best of Paper Lanterns Volume 2 (Bangalore, India: Yavanika Press, 2021).
Stevenson, John. My Red: The Selected Haiku of John Stevenson (Editors Randy and Shirley Brooks. Taylorville, IN: Brooks Books, 2021).
Sugita, Hisajo. Lips Licked Clean (Translated by Alice Wanderer. Winchester, VA: Red Moon Press, 2021).