Mid-Winter Haiku – River Shannon

washing the tears
from my cheeks
winter sunshower


River Shannon grew up on the prairies, and now lives with their partner Jessica on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver, BC. River works as a public interest lawyer and educator for people who have experienced violence from an intimate partner. They have previously received an honourable mention for haiku submitted to the 2019 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational.

Mid-Winter Haiku – Cynthia Gallaher

sticky candy canes
I pick old calendar pages
off the floor

Credit: Cynthia Gallaher


Cynthia Gallaher, a Chicago-based poet, is author of four poetry collections, many with themes, including Epicurean Ecstasy: More Poems About Food, Drink, Herbs and Spices, and three chapbooks, including Drenched. Her nonfiction/memoir/creativity guide Frugal Poets’ Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren’t a Poet won a National Indie Excellence Award. Her haiku has appeared in Frogpond, Bottle Rockets and other haiku publications.

Mid-Winter Haiku – Darrell Petska

the snowstorm blusters—

deep beneath the covers

lovers tasting spring


Darrell Petska is a retired communications editor, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Journals that have published his poetry include Prune Juice, Modern Haiku, Chrysanthemum, Shamrock Haiku Journal, Failed Haiku–Journal of English SenryuRed Alder Review and others (see conservancies.wordpress.com). Forty-one years a father (nine years a grandfather), and longer as a husband, Darrell lives outside Madison, Wisconsin.

Mid-Winter Haiku – Karin Hedetniemi

desert winter sun
a dog curves her nap
along adobe walls


Karin Hedetniemi is a nonfiction writer, haiku poet, and street photographer from Victoria, BC. Her poetry recently appears in Hedgerow, Akitsu Quarterly, World Haiku Review, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, and elsewhere. Karin shares her creative work at AGoldenHour.com and on Twitter @karinhedet.

Mid-Winter Haiku – Doris Fiszer

male goldfinches’
fading yellow
the backyard darkens


Doris Fiszer is an Ottawa poet. Her debut collection Locked in Different Alphabets (Silver Bow Publishing) was nominated for the 2021 Archibald Lampman Award. She has two published chapbooks, The Binders and Sasanka (Wild Flower). Awards include the 2017 John Newlove Award and Tree Press’s 2016 Chapbook Award for The Binders, also a nominee for the bpNichol Award.

Mid-Winter Haiku – A’nji E. Black

Rain tapping windshield

Lightning everywhere now

Thunderclap applauds


A’nji E. Black is a consultant, author, singer, and poet who likes to explore the inner and outer ideas of the world in a way that as she explains: “that poetically illuminates the experience for the audience”. She is a fellow organizer for the 100 Thousand Poets for Change and has been published in What Kind of Seed Am I? Earth Poetry from the Garden (Wind Eagle Press), After the Pause Magazine, Georgia Writer’s – Exit 271 Journal and in other publications.