September 2016


UHTS collected works

Editor's Choice Haiku

In a year of political, social and economic turbulence, the power of poetry and in particular, of haiku to articulate a wide range of sensibilities becomes all the more vital. Each of the haiku selected here are eye-opening and sense-refreshing in its own way.

—UHTS cattails Haiku Editor Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan     

leaves of the ash
deepen into green—
summer stillness

Diarmuid Fitzgerald

This haiku by Diarmund Fitzgerald is deceptively simple but very vivid with a synesthesia of green and stillness and a pun on the word ash suggesting burning and death in the midst of summer. The moment he has captured lingers in the reader’s mind.
—UHTS cattails Haiku Editor Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan     

blown to seed
cirrus sky

Nancy Shires

In Nancy Shires's haiku the analogy of the “blown to seed” milkweed and the cirrus clouds creates a sense of continuum between the sky and the land. It is a strongly-held moment that enchants the reader.

—UHTS cattails Haiku Editor Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan     

savannah fire…
a gazelle escapes
into an ambush

Barnabas I. Adeleke
and James O. Adeleke

This haiku is startling in effect and original for moving out of the mode of nature as refuge towards the brutality of the interface between the natural and human world. It reminds one of Rilke’s Duino Elegies: "For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure ….”

—UHTS cattails Haiku Editor Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan     

new moon
the hobo washes his cup
in a sea of stars


The English poet, Wilfred Owen said, "The Poetry is in the pity”. Nika conveys the essence of this insight is this haiku in evoking an image of pity for the homeless hobo in the midst of the explosive indifferent beauty of the cosmos.

—UHTS cattails Haiku Editor Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan