Katherine Raine

raineKatherine Raine has worked internationally as a landscape architect and garden historian, including two years in Japan. These days the sound of home for her is the roar of the South Otago surf. Though she first encountered haiku in a tiny book in her Christmas stocking at age 16, her own haiku and tanka have appeared only since 2010. She is working on a book of haibun and haiga featuring her photography. Contact Katherine.


this sky inside


heat of the night
the folded stillness
of a rescued moth


between road and bay the old forest one tree wide


pear blossom
where the old white horse
used to stand


from my hand into the parted earth small seeds


approaching summer
the paths of the cattle
through the dew


new moon and star
just the slightest curve
of her belly


moving day wind slams the door open


surf mist
the salt of a grief
without tears


lifelines hands cupped to hold her new granddaughter


Publication Notes:

bringing: Highly Commended, NZPS International Haiku Competition, 2011 and published in ice diver (NZPS, 2011).

heat of the night: ice diver (NZPS, 2011).

between road and bay: First Prize and Jeanette Stace Memorial Award, NZPS International Haiku Competition, 2012 and published in building a time machine (NZPS, 2012).

pear blossom: Now This (ed. Robert Epstein, forthcoming 2014).

from my hand: Third Prize, NZPS International Haiku Competition, 2013 and published in Given an Ordinary Stone (NZPS, 2013).

approaching summer: Runner-up for May, Snapshot Haiku Calendar Competition, 2013.

new moon and star: Finalist, the Janice M Bostok haiku award, 2012, and published in Evening Breeze, the anthology of the contest.

moving day: Second Prize, NZPS International Haiku Competition, 2014.

surf mist: unpublished.

lifelines: unpublished.