Kirsten Cliff lives with her husband in Hobbiton (Matamata) where the hills are alive with haiku. She’s a psychology student, ABA therapist, free-range writer and book trader.
Her haiku and tanka have been published in several journals worldwide, and she was previously editor of the haikai section of a fine line, the magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society.
A selection of Kirsten’s haiku recently featured in A New Resonance 8: Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2013). Contact Kirsten.
following the white
of this butterfly
pine needles cloistered
in fresh snow
heartsick . . .
the floxgloves 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).