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A New Resonance 12: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and Julie Schwerin


The New Resonance series, begun in 1999, has featured the work of more than 200 poets in its award-filled tenure.

Shortlisted for the 2021 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award from The Haiku Foundation!


The New Resonance haiku community now consists of 204 members with the addition of the New Resonance 12 group. These poets continue to appear in the major haiku journals and elsewhere, and their books have been accorded the honor of serious and adulatory review and critique. Many are recognized among the leaders of literary haiku in their respective countries and around the world. These seventeen new members to this rather exclusive confederacy, then, have a very high standard against which to measure themselves, but equally high expectations of their ultimate position in the haiku community. This is the twelfth volume in a much-awarded series.

     among the wings
     of monarchs
     I migrate
          — Jo Balistreri

          morning jogger —
          my finger runs laps
          around my coffee cup
               — Susan Burch

     spring café buying a moment to dream
          — Jenny Fraser

          time passing in trickles the smoothness of pebbles
               — Simon Hanson

     spring sunlight
     the too-brief pause
     of a comma
          — Kristen Lindquist

          first warm day
          a turtle rests its chin
          on the one in front
               — Hannah Mahoney

     first day of school
     her hand lets go
     before mine
          — Matthew Markworth

          family dinner
          adding salt
          to my own wounds
               — Lori A Minor

     at 70 mph changing leaves
          — Matthew Moffett

          sit here
          while I gather firewood, I say
          to myself
               — Michael Nickels-Wisdom

     walking into the night walking into me
          — Keith Polette

          pennies tossed
          ripples from her wish
          intersect mine
               — Bryan Rickert

     the galvanized tin
     of the sugaring buckets
          — Tom Sacramona

          the snow
          ulu moon
               — GRIX

     leaving their flags
     autumn wind
          — Mary Stevens

          fields of lupine
          where does the sky
               — Debbie Strange

     a baby left
     at the hospital
     hunger moon
          — Stephen Toft

ISBN: 978-1-947271-79-1
Pages: 176
Size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
Binding: perfect softbound


“In this most recent installment of a landmark series, the editors welcome another seventeen emerging voices in English-language haiku. And what a vibrant, wide-ranging music they represent, with four under forty, three over seventy; a balance of genders; and a striking range of styles and concerns. As always, the editors’ introductions to each poet ring the changes.

— Michele Root-Bernstein, Modern Haiku


Winner of a Merit Book Award for Best Book of Haiku 2021 (Honorable Mention for Best Anthology)!

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