Patricia Prime

pataPatricia 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.

Contact Pat.

in the disused cow pond
two dragonflies


end of summer term
students’ duties removed
from the whiteboard


on the battlefield
I find half a button
slimed with moss

gathering storm
the scent of lavender
across the fence


Chinese busker –
the notes of his bone flute
carried on the wind


ghost town
the empty highway
into the hills

under my hand
slow sweep
of a horse’s mane


first frost
the camper van
on blocks


gloomy day
the farmer’s motorbike light
on the flooded field

summer dawn
the runners’ footsteps
past the window

Publication notes:

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.