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Issue 22: 4 Feb. 2024
Micro-Poem: 29 words
(Split Sequence)
By Farah Ali



deep snow 

withered field 
clouds of hair 
drift and fall 

a stricken heartbeat 

blue nails clutch 
the marriage quilt 

in diminuendo 

endless winter 
footsteps recede 
into shadow 



Publisher’s Note:

To learn more about this poetic form, please see “An Introduction to Split Sequences” by the form’s creator, Peter Jastermsky, in Frogpond (Volume 45.1, Winter 2022).

Farah Ali
Issue 22 (February 2024)

Based in the UK, Farah Ali writes fiction and poetry with a particular love for the short form. Nominated for the Touchstone Awards [The Haiku Foundation], she won First Place in the UHTS Fleeting Words Tanka Contest 2023 [United Haiku and Tanka Society], received a merit award in the 34th Ito En Oi Ocha Shinhaiku contest, and an honourable mention in the HPNC Haibun Contest 2023 [Haiku Poets of Northern California].

Her work has been published, and is forthcoming, in a variety of reputable online and print journals including Akitsu Quarterly, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, cattails, Cicada’s Cry, contemporary haibun online, Drifting Sands Haibun, hedgerow, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Modern Haiku, Plum Tree Tavern, Presence, Right Hand Pointing, Wales Haiku Journal, and whiptail. Her supernatural Deerleap Hollow Series is available from Amazon.

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