Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Award-Winning Haiku

My Dear Friends:

The Heron's Nest just announced the results of The Readers' Choice Awards for 2018. And I won a Popular Poet Award for the following four haiku published in 2018, and the "in and out" haiku was anthologized in a hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018:

Chen-ou Liu (4 of 4 poems, totaling 75 points)

her prognosis
the sound of his axe
striking logs

The Heron's Nest, 20:1, March 2018

in and out
of the confessional
winter light

The Heron's Nest, 20:1, March 2018
a hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018

winding road
the home she never
talks about

The Heron's Nest, 20:2, June 2018

smoky twilight
among the ruins
toy soldiers

The Heron's Nest, 20:3 September 2018

Friday, February 15, 2019


laid off
the autumn gust changes
its direction

all these shapes
of winter clouds

job hunting
I step on the spring sun
in a puddle

summer heat
the AI greeter makes out
my fake smile
(note: AI stands for Artificial Intelligence)

Haiku Canada Review, 12:2, October 2018

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Inky Darkness Tanka

in the inky darkness ...
it'll go away
I whisper
to my inner child

Haiku Canada Review, 12:2, October 2018

Monday, February 11, 2019

Home, Sweet Home Tanka

Home, Sweet Home
fading off the radio ...
that rainy day
I sang O Canada
with a heavy accent

Haiku Canada Review, 12:2, October 2018

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Dim Light Tanka

first birthday
after her husband's death
in dim light
she rocks herself to sleep
in his leather chair

TSA Members’ Anthology, 2018

Selected Haibun: I know that the Earthquake is old news but...

That afternoon I was rocked into a deep sleep. In my dream I saw Mother holding me tightly and tearfully whispering a lullaby, "My child! ... Fear not, and sleep well."

amidst debris
scattered through the fields ...
a child's pink book

A reporter keyed in the headline,"7.9 Earthquake trembled through Sichuan, China." Official figures (as of June 4):
69,122 are confirmed dead,
4.8 million people homeless,
and 7,000 classrooms flattened...

one howl, then many ...
the starless night
even darker

An operator pushed a button; numbers and images spread over the front page.Newsprint slid through color printers. Somewhere in the back pages, the China earthquake story waited with the news from other developing countries.

Revision, A Hundred Gourds, 4:4, September 2015

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Blind Date Kyoka

my blind date
in white with black spots
under dim streetlight
I dress up a few facts
about my work and age

Failed Haku, 3:35, November 2018