World Haiku Series 2019 (4) Haiku by Alan Summers

World Haiku Series 2019 (4)

Haiku by Alan Summers


forgotten moon

the private words

of elders


Alan Summers






each window its own night train


Alan Summers

Honourable mention,

The British Haiku Society Awards 2018/19 (Haiku Section) judge: Scott Mason




baby robins

the world is reset

for a moment


Alan Summers

Presence issue #61 2018

Anthology: a hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018






eye of the song a blackbird touching the void


Alan Summers

Winning haiku, The British Haiku Society Awards 2018/19 (Haiku Section) judge: Scott Mason


鳴き声の中心 クロウタドリが虚空に触れている


the rill’s trick

a greenfinch moves

its green around


Alan Summers

Third Place, 2018 Henderson Haiku Contest (Haiku Society of America)





how to fit into the world slinking cat


Alan Summers

proletaria (1st April 2019) ed. Elancharan Gunasekaran


世界に適合する方法 そっと入る猫


down side streets–

gulls turning the sky

in and out


Alan Summers

Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years

ed. Jim Kacian, Allan Burns & Philip Rowland (W. W. Norton & Company 2013)






at the end of the night snow fox


Alan Summers

Publication credit: Leaf-fall, Issue 1.1 ed. Akira Yagami (June 2019)


夜の終わりに 雪狐


last cup of tea

a time of moonfall

with the mountain






Alan Summers

Asahi Shimbun (August 2019, Japan)



old circus site

the lingering scent

of its sawdust


Alan Summers






— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta





Alan Summers is a Japan Times award winning writer; a Pushcart Prize nominated poet for haiku and haibun; and President of the United Haiku & Tanka Society.


He was filmed by NHK Television of Japan for “Europe meets Japan – Alan’s Haiku Journey” and published in numerous Japanese newspapers (print and online) and Japanese haiku anthologies:


Astonishingly moving haiku” and “Widely known haiku poet…as dry as vintage champagne” Yomiuri Shimbun (Japanese newspaper quotes 2002 & 2005).


Alan Summers runs The Call of the Page with Karen Hoy:



24 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (4) Haiku by Alan Summers

  1. These haiku are stunning! Alan Summers is one of the finest short forms writer I know.

  2. This is absolutely amazing and so very well deserved, Alan!! Impressive and inspiring series with deeply touching haiku. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart.


  3. I do like the old circus site. I am smelling animals, too. Sharp, pungent, wild and caged. And I do like the side streets and their gulls, a beautiful sight.

  4. What a brilliant collection of haiku! Makes me want to read against me agian You always surprise me, Alan. Each one a masterpiece, keep rocking! 😊

  5. Thank you Hidenori Hiruta for translating into Japanese Alan’ and the other featured poets wonderful work! Very nice and ambitious project!

    I am a big fan of Alan’s work and I like all the featured poems however I myself being a surrealist my favorite one from this batch is:

    eye of the song a blackbird touching the void
    Alan Summers
    Winning haiku, The British Haiku Society Awards 2018/19 (Haiku Section) judge: Scott Mason

    Kind regards,
    Reka Nyitrai

  6. Dear Karl,

    Thank you for liking these haiku, and the old magic of the circus. Yes, those curling and uncurling gulls!

    warm regards,

  7. Dear Reka,

    Thank you for your kind words for Hidenori Hiruta, whom I’ve had the pleasure of working together on other projects in the past. This is certainly an ambitious one that will provide an amazing array of haiku right through to 2020, and of course beyond for readers to visit and re-visit as a remarkable resource.

    There is certainly something about the Common European Blackbird that are so thankfully easily seen and heard in the U.K., and their song reaches into me.

    warm regards,


  8. Dear Carl,

    Thank you for your wonderful comments, they are deeply appreciated! Both for my work, and Hidenori Hiruta for creating this marvellous platform for haiku poets and readers.

    warm regards,


  9. Dear Pris,

    Not sure if my response came through, terrible broadband signal throughout my home town at present for some reason.

    I wanted to say that comments like this support me to carry on writing haiku:

    “These haiku are stunning!”


    “Alan Summers is one of the finest short forms writer I know.”

    I can never become conceited, and only given confidence to continue. A lot of poets we ‘think’ are self-confident, need as much visible encouragement as other poets who are new.

    I cannot tell you how much your comments, and comments from others mean to me, but I will try to live up to them! 🙂

    warmest regards,

  10. Dear Alan, I enjoy reading your nice haiku. Thanks! I feel deeply this haiku:

    baby robins

    the world is reset

    for a moment

    Alan Summers

  11. Dear Alenka,

    It was when I first recognised that these birds were not what I thought of, and although they seemed larger than adult European Robins, they were in fact juvenile robins!

    Also totally endearing are baby european blackbirds.

    Thank for liking my robin haiku:

    baby robins
    the world is reset
    for a moment

    Alan Summers

    Deep bow to you Alenka!

    kindest regards,


  12. A very gripping collection. I particularly like this haiku:

    eye of the song a blackbird touching the void

    Succint and evocative.

  13. Dear Mariangela,

    Thank you! The earlier reply doesn’t seem to gone through, so many thanks again, from two days ago! 🙂

    I was delighted to have such a long and involved judge’s commentary from Scott Mason on this particular monoku (one line haiku):

    “A good haiku can contain and convey a telling moment in just a kernel. A great haiku can implant that kernel in the reader’s or listener’s consciousness, making its moment live on.

    This year’s competition produced many haiku that I would consider “good” by the standard suggested above. A dozen or so approached greatness in my estimation. I am honored to share my five favorites here. As diverse as these poems are, they have one thing in common: they each tantalize. They do not aspire to teach or resolve; instead they leave room to intrigue and involve. In this way they gain our attention, sustain our interest and make the moment last.

    A Rubik’s ku of perception and intuition held together with synaesthesia, the winning one-liner beguiles and haunts me. What and where is the “eye” of a blackbird’s song? How does that eye “touch” the void? What void are we talking about here anyway – some nexus of negative color (blackness), sound (silence) and capability? … the focus of Emerson’s “transparent eyeball” turned inward? These questions and others draw me into a state of dreamlike reverie, impelled by a creature in equal parts totem and flesh. (The last “literary” bird to transport me like this was a thrush, in Burnt Norton.)

    There are many different ways of looking at this magical blackbird haiku (easily thirteen, if not four and twenty), each with its own rewards.”
    Scott Mason, British Haiku Society Awards judge 2018-2019

  14. Dear Alan,
    Your haiku are full of allusions. I like also your enigmatic photo – inner persons live in our souls.
    Who we really are?

    PS: Thank you very much for your comments on my haiku & photos!

    Best regards,

  15. Dear Alexandra,

    Thank you so much! Yes, I try to place words in between or behind the words we see. Yes, the photo was a bit of serendipity. It was two photos crossing over my computer (that I had taken) and I captured that ‘crossover’. 🙂

    My pleasure to comment on your work!

    warm regards,

  16. Dear Sir,
    The above collection has some of the finest haiku I’ve ever read. I’ve bookmarked the page and I’m going to write each haiku in my notebook for quick reference.

  17. Dear “mapforalostsoul”,

    Thank you for your comments, Deeply appreciated!

    warm regards,
    Call of the Page

  18. Thank you very much, Debbie!

    Your comment is deeply appreciated. We always need feedback, and contact with other writers and readers.

    warmest regards,


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