Steven Clarkson

clarksonSteven Clarkson lives in Taupo in the centre of the North Island. The lake, the mountains, the clear night skies and the occasional trip to the coast at Raglan provide plenty of haiku moments worth capturing.

Steven’s haiku appear in print, in online anthologies and in competitions in New Zealand as well as internationally. You can view his writing in his online workbook. Contact Steven.


the footpath home
full of stumbles

a handful
would suffice
mountain stars

so light
yet blossom ripples
reach the edge

closed eyes
I hear the bumblebee

winter revel
the taste of the Caribbean
under a brolly

spring shoots
the constant judgment
of clocks

Matsuyama bay
ancestors come and go
with the tide

island memories
laughter and fireflies drift
across the table

sound of the lake
between the oars

there is only
the cricket
the autumn moon

Publication notes

moonfaced: Commended, A Little Haiku Contest Magazine Iris (Croatia) 2015.

a handful: Honourable Mention, 17th HIA Haiku Contest (Japan) 2015.

so light: Honourable Mention, 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku International (Canada).

closed eyes: Honourable Mention, Italian Haiku Association 2015 International Matsuo Basho Award (Italy).

winter revel: First Place, Tararua District Library National Poetry Day Competition, 2015 (NZ).

spring shoots: Ibid.

Matsuyama bay: Commended, 4th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest, 2015 (Japan).

island memories: International Capoliveri Haiku Contest Anthology, 2014 (Italy).

dawn: 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum Haiku Submission Collection, 2014 (Japan).

there is only: Second Place 2013 Autumn Moon Haiku Contest (USA).