Kirsten Cliff Elliot fell for haiku in 2007 and has been writing and publishing them, along with other Japanese short-form poems, ever since. Some of her haiku have been prize-winning, many have appeared in overseas anthologies, and she was a featured poet in A New Resonance 8: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2013). She was previously editor of the haikai section of a fine line, the magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society.
Despite living with the disability fibromyalgia, Kirsten keeps turning lemons into lemonade. She has several writing projects on the go, including blogging with her husband at Help! My husband has Asperger’s: Our life on the spectrum’s edge, and her first poetry collection is forthcoming. She is currently working in a high school library and studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Information and Library Studies. You can find her on Twitter @bookfuelled or contact her via email.
following the white
of this butterfly
pine needles cloistered
in fresh snow
heartsick . . .
the foxgloves of my childhood
out of reach
first winter’s day
I slip into
to an empty house
so many stars
one empty space
in the library carpark
these country roads
the curl of her hair
hoof prints litter
the beach track
a heron drinks
from the horse trough
sun-soaked sky . . .
seeking out the wisdom
of beach glass
between breaths: The Heron’s Nest XV.2, June 2013.
drifting evensong: 5th Prize, NZPS International Haiku Competition 2013; Given an ordinary stone (ed. Owen Bullock, NZPS Anthology 2013).
heartsick … Issa’s Untidy Hut, Wednesday Haiku #106, March 13, 2013.
first winter’s day: The Heron’s Nest XIII.3, September 2011.
coming home: Kokako 12 (April 2010).
winter afternoon: Honourable Mention, Haiku International Association 2009 Haiku Contest.
navigating: Highly Commended, New Zealand Poetry Society International Haiku Competition 2008; Before the Sirocco (ed. Joanna Preston, NZPS Anthology 2008).
day moon: Third Prize, Katikati Haiku Contest 2008.
heat shimmer: The Heron’s Nest XV.1, March 2013.
sun-soaked sky … A New Resonance 8: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (eds. Jim Kacian & Dee Evetts, Red Moon Press, 2013).