The Haiku Foundation is pleased to announce The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems winners and honorable mentions for work published in 2019. Nearly 900 poems were nominated this year by poets, readers and editors around the world. The panel considered every poem as a group as well as individually. Through a series of votes and discussion, the panel members arrived at the Shortlist. Following another round of voting and discussion, the panel members recognizes six award winners and two honorable mentions.
I speak for the entire panel when I say that everyone recognized that each poem on the Shortlist was unique and had great merit. I wish to thank the panel for their diligence, expertise and effort, especially in the last month as we have all coped with the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Touchstone Award for Individual Poems Panelists for 2019:
Chuck Brickley Susan Constable Anna Maris Christopher Patchel Wally Swist Michelle Tennison
Touchstone Award for Individual Poems Winners for 2019
strawberry season acres and acres of bent backs — Gregory Longenecker, The Heron’s Nest XXI:2 wind song between boulders — ochre handprints — Leanne Mumford, Echidna Tracks 2: Landscapes (17 March 2019) dappled light the voice a crow has for its young — Polona Oblak, The Heron’s Nest XXI:4 21 be still wind and know rain that I am tree — Renée Owen, Modern Haiku 50.2 carving the snow ulu moon — Robin Anna Smith, Seventh Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards, Third Place day moon the only witness remains silent — Julie Warther, Acorn 42
The Touchstone Award for Individual Poems 2019 Shortlist
country road the long ride through the scent of cattle gone ahead — Adjei Agyei-Baah, Wales Haiku Journal, Spring living alone . . . both ends of the wishbone — Francine Banwarth, The Heron’s Nest XXI:3 light rain the karst of everyday mind — Sondra J. Byrnes, Sonic Boom 15 lichen in a stone angel's palm advancing rain — Paul Chambers, Presence 67 hardening the tractor ruts blackthorn wind — Simon Chard, Presence 64 rain — earwigs spill from fennel stalks — Sarah-Jane Crowson, Wales Haiku Journal, Autumn dust of a moth all that i’ve been belongs to the moon —Lucia Fontana, Failed Haiku 46 moonlight what’s left of the river — Lorin Ford, The Heron’s Nest XXI:2 mom’s grave— the breeze parts my hair just so — Warren Gossett, Acorn 42 oak leaf frozen to the sidewalk a celibate life — Lee Gurga, Mariposa 40 strawberry season acres and acres of bent backs — Gregory Longenecker, The Heron’s Nest XXI:2 field of poppies the war somewhere — Elmedin Kadric, Presence 64 three tiny bones in my inner ear meadow lark — Marietta McGregor, The Heron’s Nest XXI:4 power cut we reach Mordor by candlelight — John McManus, hedgerow 129 summer the heat of his punch — Lori A Minor, The Haiku Foundation's Troutswirl Blog, Haiku Dialogue: Poet's Choice backyard weeds everyone has a name — Ben Moeller-Gaa, hedgerow 129 wind song between boulders — ochre handprints — Leanne Mumford, Echidna Tracks 2: Landscapes (17 March 2019) dappled light the voice a crow has for its young — Polona Oblak, The Heron’s Nest XXI:4 be still wind and know rain that I am tree — Renée Owen, Modern Haiku 50.2 night bus the emptiness well lit — Bryan Rickert, The Heron’s Nest XXI:2 both tent flaps tied open morning solitude — Chad Lee Robinson, Acorn 43 maple keys tomorrow a sermon on doors — Dan Schwerin, Modern Haiku 50:3 Woodstock forever stamps summer's end — Charlie Shiotani, The Heron’s Nest XXI:4 carving the snow ulu moon — Robin Anna Smith, Seventh Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards, Third Place bioluminescence I skip a pebble across the universe — Debbie Strange, Seashores 2 ghost apple this emptiness inside — Debbie Strange, Shamrock Haiku Journal 42 weathered oars we fold our worries into the river — Debbie Strange, Acorn 42 day moon the only witness remains silent — Julie Warther, Acorn 42 immigrant seeds sewn into her dress — Mary Weiler, Frogpond 42:2 late-life affair the weathered stone wall wild with foxgloves — Lucy Whitehead, Modern Haiku 50.3
Bruce H. Feingold
Chair, Touchstone Awards Committee
The Haiku Foundation