wild voices, vol 2: an anthology of short poetry & art by women
Edited by Caroline Skanne
hedgerow #120: a journal of small poems
‘hedgerow: a journal of small poems’ is a short poetry journal dedicated to publishing an eclectic mix of new and established voices across the spectrum of the short poem, with particular attention to the constantly evolving forms of haiku, senryu & tanka. The current issue features beautiful examples of haibun, cherita, shisan, rengay, rengay art, haiga, tanka art & more. #120 is the summer print issue of ‘hedgerow: a journal of small poems’ edited by Caroline Skanne.
between light & shadow
By Debbi Antebi
A collection of haiku and senryu.
Debbi Antebi produces social observations we can recognise in ourselves at least once in our lives, and if we are honest, possibly several times. The senryu are some of the very best I’ve read, and have that rare added essence of haiku at times. At other times the author includes distinctive senryu aspects into her haiku, absorbing qualities of both genres.
Reading her senryu (a type of comic verse) they are superior to one level jokes, or anecdotes, that we might only read once, enjoy, and move on without revisiting. Her senryu are incredibly touching and blisteringly honest, yet reassuringly comforting and necessary in times of need.
Her haiku merge with a touch of senryu making them also highly re-readable, and not just once or twice more, but several times over the years. One particular haiku, with a senryu flavour, is one of the finest examples of how you can add an aspect of one genre to another: It begins with falling leaves, and is one I will keep close to my heart.
I’ve already read many many times each poem, be it senryu or haiku, from running out of words, possibly one of the most contemporary and insightful senryu I’ve ever read, to family dinner, alone at home, to catching up, and moving day as well as visiting home. I can’t reveal these poems because I want you to have that honour.
—Alan Summers, President, United Haiku and Tanka Society, Co-Founder, Call of the Page
I took the greatest pleasure in reading this collection. Debbi Antebi’s poems speak to me. They move me. They please me. She sheds her attachments in the very first poem, and that makes me want to shed mine too.
Debbi invites us to join her on a life journey, accompanying her as she performs ordinary daily chores, and celebrating with her as she experiences transcendent moments of self-discovery. Her poems are both subtle and bold; delicate and powerful; intimate and accessible. From the first page I felt I was in the presence of a friend, happy to travel along with her, between light and shadow.
—Zee Zahava, Editor of brass bell: an online haiku journal
Debbi Antebi has penned for the reader some moments built of light. It is that same lightness that Basho spoke of as being integral to his own poems. Her poetry, just as bits of sand do, glimmers and shines off the pages with ever changing meanings. This is a book of small poems that pulls you with each reading into a whole painting made of poetry. It is, in short, a book you will read again and again for the sheer joy of discovering the many nuances on each page.
—Michael Rehling, Editor of Failed Haiku
singing into darkness
By Joy McCall and Liam Wilkinson
A collection of responsive tanka and ryuka triptychs.
Okay. The “mostly quiet and hermit-like scribbler of small poems” from South Yorkshire and the hedgerow, woods and river witch of Norwich have teamed up. I’m ready. I’ve met these two before. This will be good, I think, opening their new book, singing into darkness, totally unprepared to be stunned! This is synergy at its best, when the sum of the whole is greater than its parts. This is no mere mingling of two fine voices, this is a whole new song sung by a whole new and single voice. One that will leave you half-drunk as if on acorn coffee and red wine.
—Larry Kimmel, editor of Winfred Press and co-editor of the cherita: your storybook journal
The poet Marianne Moore said poetry is not just speech but rather an attempt to listen and respond. Herein lies the beauty of Joy McCall and Liam Wilkinson’s singing into darkness. Something magical occurs. Their poetic collaboration renders poetry all the more inclusive and true. Here are poems that deserve to be read and re-read. singing into darkness is a gem of a book to be grateful for.
—Lynda Monahan, author of A Slow Dance in the Flames, What My Body Knows and Verge.
It was my pleasure to introduce Liam Wilkinson and Joy McCall to each other. Both English, both steeped in the localness of their lives, yet with souls open to other worlds both material and spiritual, they have become regular correspondents. Quite often I have found their responsive sequences of tanka or ryuka in my mailbox, sometimes formally submitted for publication, and sometimes just because that’s the way poets talk. Now they have compiled a book of tanka and ryuka and published them so that anyone with an open heart and willing ear can eavesdrop upon these most intimate of conversations. If you are a stranger, settle in comfortably because they have tales to tell you. If you are a friend, you already know you are welcome.”
—M. Kei, editor of Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka
here i am
small poems by Zee Zahava
A collection of haiku, senryu & other small poems.
Zee Zahava measures the universe in small poems. With a loving tone she invites you, the frog, and even the ant, to share her intriguing perspective. Don’t be surprised if perhaps her happiness grows wings, a tail, or “travels backwards,” but she will not vanish, and neither will you. Like the moon in her poems, she keeps her eyes on us all.
—Kath Abela Wilson
Zee Zahava often begins the day with a morning walk, where she welcomes the possibilities of the new day and makes peace with the eternal now. As she notes in one of the small poems in this collection, she searches “each puddle for signs of magic.” Such is the heart and spirit of this intimate collection — in turns poignant, humorous, self-aware, curious, and warm. This is a collection to embrace.
The small poems in “here i am,” by Zee Zahava, sprouting from home and neighborhood, have warmth and humor that connect the reader even with the moon.
Submissions to ‘hedgerow #120’ now open:
Submissions to the summer print edition of hedgerow: a journal of small poems are welcomed throughout July. Send 10 or more poems to firstname.lastname@example.org; with ‘SUBMISSION’ followed by your name, in the subject line. You will only hear back from us if your submission has been successful. To get a better idea of what we are looking for, please have a look at the spring edition—
Submissions to ‘wild voices vol. 2’ now open:
On this day last year, the call for submissions for the all women’s anthology ‘wild voices’ was announced. In response to the huge success and positive reaction to this book, it has been decided to make it a regular feature of wildflower poetry press. The second volume is scheduled for publication in autumn 2017. Submissions to this anthology will close when the book has been filled. Please send 10-20 pieces of short poetry and/or art (min. 300 dpi, jpeg. preferred) for consideration to email@example.com; with ‘SUBMISSION WILD VOICES’ followed by YOUR NAME in the subject line. You will only hear back from us if your submission has been successful. There is no need to use ‘wild’ or ‘voices’ in your poems. To get a better idea of what we are looking for, have a look at the current edition—