The Touchstone Award for Individual Poems recognizes excellence and innovation in English-language haiku and senryū published in juried public venues during each calendar year. The committee received an overwhelming response to its call for submissions for poems published in 2015 with 575 nominations.
After much deliberation, the panel has selected a shortlist of poems that will move on to the final round. Many thanks to the distinguished panelists who have been so generous with their time and effort over the past few months.
Award-recipients will be selected from the following list. Final results will be announced April 17, 2016 as part of The Haiku Foundation’s celebration of International Haiku Poetry Day. Poems are listed alphabetically by author:
a flash of Pan in the goat’s eye barn shadows — Mary Frederick Ahearn (Frogpond 38:3, Autumn 2015) twelve strokes in the Kanji for 'rhinoceros' New Year begins — Fay Aoyagi (Mariposa 32, 2015) winter galaxy the social network of lost mermaids — Fay Aoyagi (Mariposa 32, 2015) the carving knife out of its sheath winter darkness — Francine Banwarth (The Heron’s Nest XVII:1, March 2015) nesting time — the magpie returns the branches to the tree — Paul Bregazzi (Shamrock 32, 2015) daybreak blackdog pixelating — Helen Buckingham (NOON: journal of the short poem 10, October 2015) he casts his line into the first peal of thunder — Matthew Caretti (The Heron’s Nest XVII:3, September 2015) shorthand for a cloud inside a blue jacket — Markeith Chavous (NOON: journal of the short poem 9, 2015) the answer is yes no yes breaking waves — Robert Epstein (The Heron’s Nest XVII:4, December 2015) desert stones slowly their shadows change sides —Simon Hanson (Wild Plum — a haiku journal 1:2, Fall & Winter 2015) desert twilight white-winged doves deeper into the canyon — Devin Harrison (Shamrock 32, 2015) daylight savings what was never ours to keep — Michael Henry Lee (tinywords, March 9, 2015) distant sirens over the border bridge a blood moon — Chen-ou Liu (Shamrock 31, 2015) rock paper scissors war — Elmedin Kadric (A Hundred Gourds 4:4, September 2015) graveyard shift the leftover radish tumbles in the lunchbox — Elmedin Kadric (The Heron’s Nest XVII:3, September 2015) evening lull a seaside cave exhaling butterflies — Anatoly Kudryavitsky (Vladimir Devide Haiku Award 2015, runner-up) squash blossoms the ribbon on her dress unraveling — Patricia J. Machmiller (Frogpond 38.2, 2015) loneliness opening the window to let in the rain — Jeannie Martin (tinywords, February 26, 2015) spring dream… slipping my wings into a work shirt — Michael McClintock (The Heron’s Nest XVII:3, September 2015) unplanned pregnancy the hum of a beehive beneath the porch — John McManus (Acorn 35, 2015) evening calm a spider webbing the breeze — Ben Moeller-Gaa (Shamrock 32, 2015) first warm day a robin works the infield — H Gene Murtha (The Heron’s Nest XVII:3, September, 2015) into the owl a night train's whistle fading — Sandi Pray (A Hundred Gourds 4.3, June 2015) after tsunami a surplus of emptiness — Dorota Pyra (20th International Kusamakura Haiku Competition 2015, Grand Prize) in a rush to reach stillness whitewater — Chad Lee Robinson (The Heron’s Nest XVII:4, December 2015) his best lure passed to me this floating world — Dan Schwerin (Modern Haiku 46.2, Summer 2015) the depth of the lake still in question — autumn chill — Angela Terry (The Heron’s Nest XVII:1, March 2015) military base — even the eucalyptus trees stand in straight lines — Tom Tico (bottle rockets 32, 2015) stillness . . . the sound of dusk washing ashore — Paresh Tiwari (The Heron’s Nest XVII:1, March 2015) ripened grapes the midday sun closed inside — Maria Tomczak (Cattails, September 2015) spring field — each step an explosion of grasshoppers — Kent Travis (Shamrock 31, 2015)
Chair, Touchstone Awards