Spring 2012 Showcase

'Now!' by Marie Taylor

Spring. Of course it’s relative. Spring is on its way here in Scotland; meanwhile summer is coming to an end in parts of the Southern Hemisphere. Just sayin’.

There has always been a visual element to haiku inasmuch as the brush strokes the page and leaves a black trail of calligraphy. It’s often difficult to appreciate that on the computer screen; it seems almost as though that element is lost. On the other hand, the possibilities granted by digital graphics have taken haiga to another dimension, leaving aside arguments of purism. The zen space is – colours nailed to the mast here – about words, no doubt about that; but this Showcase is going to be highly visual and will feature many examples of words coupled with images. In particular there are works by Angie Werren, Johannes S H Bjerg, Alexis Rotella. I had intended to present these showcases without any of my own work, but I have decided to include a visual piece in which a friend who was once a semi-professional cartoonist has taken some words of mine and fitted them into an image.

In addition to the visual works in this showcase, we have received a sequence of haiku from Peter Butler that will be read in public on 11th March, the first anniversary of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, at the Bunkasai Cultural festival in London. This sequence plus haiku, unaccompanied by images, from other contributors, will also be featured below. I plan to go back to an all-words showcase for Summer 2012, and return to the visual pieces again in due course. The zen space will be open for submission for the next showcase on 1st May.

Marie Marshall
the zen space


Angie Werren


Richard Vallance
early spring haiku in English and French

than snow
– pussy willows

plus duveteux
que la neige –
bourgeons de saule blanc

 icicles dripping 
into a wheelbarrow
– ping pong

glaçons ruisselant
dans une brouette
– ping pong


Johannes S H Bjerg


Christina Nguyen

empty pockets
turned inside out
moss-covered Jizo

for more golden light
outstretched palms

clover blossoms
a handful of spring
in the lamb’s wool


Alexis Rotella


Matt Davies


Buddha makes me sit
Buddha makes me still
Buddha makes me naked

Until I need to share
All the golden eternity
I found sitting still & nude
With nonplussed strangers


The sheet
on the line
looks like a
KKK member


words Marie Marshall, art Paul Thompson


Peter Butler

Haiku Sequence: Tsunami

from the mud
one lottery ticket

a shaking of hands
as the earth

one mother
a piece of rock

someone else’s mother
a missing shoe

a minute’s silence
just the rumbling of sea
children’s voices

the old man shrugs

out of the rubble
a new road
bending into sunlight


The next Showcase at the zen space will be Summer 2012 which will be released, subject to karma, on 1st June 2012. Please note the copyright of all written work and images used in this showcase and elsewhere in the zen space is held by the creating artist/author or by the zen space, even where not explicitly stated, and may not be used elsewhere without permission.


21 thoughts on “Spring 2012 Showcase

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  3. pamela a. babusci says:

    Great poetry and art. I must send you some of my work

  4. How lovely…honored to be here/there…alexis rotella

  5. would simply like to know how much time i have to send submission for summer.
    thank you.

    • I will be opening submissions to ‘all-comers’ on 1st May, so essentially you have until then to get into the mood. I usually try to select material right up until the last moment – the date of publication – and put the showcase together spontaneously.

  6. Fantastic issue! Congratulations!

  7. angie werren says:

    thank you so very much, marie.
    (I feel validated, and in wonderful company).

  8. Inviting me to visit your blog made my day, Marie. Reading “The Zen Space” is definitely a treat for haiku lovers like me… 🙂

    ~ Matt

    • cuck0o says:

      Unique exhibits
      as if they’re for me alone.
      Thanks for the invite.

      For more Haikus see
      or not. Its your life.

  9. a great collection and way fun to watch the visuals between the haiku.

    i agree – digital technology has opened incredible doorways for haiga. very powerful haiga here.


  10. shionoe says:

    Nice combination of haiku and art

  11. Lovely work . . .the haiga and the haiku, both, stunning and thought-provoking. Thank you for posting, Marie!

  12. Merrill Ann Gonzales says:

    Glad to share this site… Many thanks – Merrill

  13. A wonderful issue – very visual. I enjoyed this immensely.


  14. midnighthues says:

    Awesome showcase!

  15. alee9 says:

    Thanks for inviting me, Marie! I love everything I see here, finding friends, too. Definitely the kind of space I’d rather be with zen haiku and the rest but especially your Alternative Strategies. Deeply enjoyed them all. Yes, I’d like to be here often. And thanks so much for your wonderful comment on my tanka!

  16. rgman says:

    This is a wonderful space to see how many people around the globe view and share their thoughts about the world around us. I definitely want to submit some work! 🙂

  17. fivereflections says:

    Delicate and delicious to the eyes thanks for sharing

    David in Maine USA

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