Patricia Prime is a semi-retired early childhood teacher who has worked in the sector for 35 years. She began writing in her 50s. She is the co-editor of the New Zealand haiku magazine, Kokako, reviews/interviews editor for Haibun Today, and writes reviews for several journals, including Takahe, Gusts (Canada), Atlas Poetica (US) and Muse (India). Patricia has interviewed several poets and editors for Takahe, a New Zealand literary journal, and for online magazines including Simply Haiku, Haibun Today, Stylus, and for several print journals. In 2012-13 she was a co-editor for A Vast Sky: the World Haiku Anthology, and was co-editor for 100 Tanka by 100 Poets (Australia & NZ).
She is on a panel of judges for the Presence Seashell Game, for the MetVerse Muse traditional poetry competitions, and for the Take Five Tanka Anthologies 2008, 2009 and 2010. She recently became a member of GIEWEC, the Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics and is a member of the advisory board of the New Fiction Journal. Read a 2015 Poetry Archive of New Zealand interview with Pat.
in the disused cow pond
end of summer term
students’ duties removed
from the whiteboard
on the battlefield
I find half a button
slimed with moss
the scent of lavender
across the fence
Chinese busker –
the notes of his bone flute
carried on the wind
the empty highway
into the hills
under my hand
of a horse’s mane
the camper van
the farmer’s motorbike light
on the flooded field
the runners’ footsteps
past the window
frolicking: Time Haiku (UK) No. 32.
end of summer term: Autumn Deepens, Yuki Teikei Haiku Society 35th commemorative members’ anthology (US) 2010.
on the battlefield: 3rd Place, Klostar Ivanic Haiku Contest (Croatia) 2010.
gathering storm: 2nd Place, New Zealand Poetry Society Haiku Contest 2010.
Chinese busker -: Time Haiku, No. 32.
ghost town: Haiku Canada Review, Vol. 4, No. 2.
under my hand: Bravado 20 (NZ) 2010.
first frost: Geppo (US), Vol. 35:5.
gloomy day: Earth, British Haiku Society Members’ Anthology, 2009.
summer dawn: Geppo Vol. 35:4.