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Issue 14: August 2022
Poem: 64 words
Rengay Variant*
By Lorraine A Padden and Alan Peat

White Marble


brown on brown
shade trees disappear
from the neighborhood

leaf by leaf the sky returns

worn backstop
a ball soars over
the chain link

end of match sticks in the mud

the faintest tremor
of her Lucky Strike

cutting down the dieback ash

sunken flower bed
a lawn jockey
loses his footing

day moon
his empty plinth reveals
the long view




This poem is a rengay variant comprised of alternating haiku and monoku followed by a final double haiku.

Italicized lines above are by Alan Peat.

Lorraine A Padden
Issue 14, August 2022

is a Touchstone Award-nominated poet whose work has been published in Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, tinywords, and Frogpond, among other journals and anthologies. In August 2022, Red Moon Press will release Upwelling, her first collection of haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun.

She won Tricycle Magazine’s 2021 Best of the Haiku Challenge, and one of her rengay collaborations with Carol Judkins received an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Haiku Society of America Rengay Competition in honor of Garry Gay. Recent awards include an Honorable Mention in the 2021 International Modern Kigo Competition and a Pinesong Award for a winning haiku in the 2022 Bloodroot Competition.

Lorraine is also a former professional ballet dancer and has received awards from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Alan Peat
Issue 14, August 2022

is a U.K.-based poet, educational consultant, and Fellow of both The Royal Society of Arts and The Historical Association. He is the author of several books aimed at encouraging children to write creatively, including Writing Exciting Sentences, as well as books about art, history, ceramics, and textiles. He has a long-standing interest in surrealism and, with Professor Brian Whitton, co-authored the catalogue raisonné of the surrealist artist John Tunnard (Scolar Press, 1997).

Peat’s poems have been published by Blithe Spirit, Frogpond, Hedgerow, Heliosparrow Poetry Journal, Mayfly, Modern Haiku, Presence, and The Heron’s Nest, among others. In 2022 he was runner up in the British Haiku Society Awards (Haibun section), and in 2021 Alan placed third in the International Golden Triangle Haiku contest. He also placed second in the New Zealand International Haiku contest, and placed both first and second (with Sherry Grant, and Pris Campbell) in the Otoroshi Rengay contest.

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