My Dear Readers/Poets:
Launched on the first day of 2013, NeverEnding Story reached another milestone today: it had more than 50,000 pageviews, and its haiku/tanka have been regularly reprinted in 80 e-papers, four of which are Japanese. The newest members are The * Daily edited by ***, The starlight-poets Daily edited by Dannie Susan, The Random Daily edited by Katherine Walker, rebs letters edited by Sara Hale, The Grapevine Daily edited by Roberta Gogos, Joe Gonnella Daily edited by Joe Gonnella, The PoetryTree SUNDAY edited by Renee Sigel, The Dreamer’s Daily edited by BlindSpotProductions, and The Entdecke Kanada Daily edited by Entdecke Kanada. For more information, see Hot News: Haiku/Tanka Reprinted in 70 E-Papers and its comment section.
Below are my signature poems that will appear on the United Haiku and Tanka Society’s website and its print anthology
a deceased friend
taps me on the shoulder --
plum blossoms falling
Grand Prize: Poem of the Year, The Heron’s Nest, Vol. 13, 2011
(For detailed comments on my poem, see Poetic Musings: Plum Blossoms Haiku by Chen-ou Liu)
nine autumns past
first trip to my homeland…
now in Taipei
drinking alone in moonlight
I still long for Taipei
Certificate of Merit by the Tankagendai Corp, the 7th International Tanka Festival Competition
(Judge's /Aya Yuhki's comment:The author living in a distant place from [his] native country, now returned to [his] native country. But [he] couldn’t help feeling some kind of awkwardness. This tanka concisely expresses [his] complicated emotions. The repetition of “Taipei” is very effective for the rhythm of this tanka, and moreover, it emphasizes the expression of [his] loneliness.
Note: In my tanka, I made a dual allusion to Li Po's poem, titled “Drinking Alone under the Moon,” and Basho's haiku below
even in Kyoto--
hearing the cuckoo's cry
I long for Kyoto)
Under the Sun
New Year’s drink
our yellow streams cross
“Son, now you’re a man,” Father says coldly. Something strange…something I can’t articulate in his eyes. A gaze I will carry with me always.
the moon floats
from one glass
Haibun Winner, 2012 Great Big Little Poems Contest
Reprinted in Contemporary Haibun Online, 8:3, October 2012
I practice saying
I love you
Third Prize, 2011 Senryu Contest
Many thanks to all of you who have helped NeverEnding Story grow in any way.