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The Spring 2020 Showcase is now published!

Hello World? What’s it like under lock-down?

Perhaps we’ll get a whole lot of lock-down haiku and poetry next time. Seriously, I hope everyone is managing to keep safe and well.

Anyhow, the Spring 2020 Showcase is now live. You can get to it the scenic route (by hovering your cursor over the “Experience” tab and scrolling down), or the quick route (by clicking here).

Welcome one, welcome all.

Marie Marshall
the zen space

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How am I doing?

That was a rhetorical question by the way. I’m doing much the same as anyone trying to isolate themselves socially, whilst having no idea whether what I am being told is true. I ventured out yesterday, just to get some top-up supplies, and found a country still full of traffic, open businesses, and stuff in the shops (with one notable exception).

What has this to do with the zen space? Very little, except to say that I shall do my best to get the Spring showcase out on time.

By the way – do you think it would be in bad taste to illustrate it with examples of the various ways the corona virus has been depicted. On the one hand people have died, on the other hand these depictions have a strange, unearthly beauty. Let me know.


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There’s less than a week to go…

… to the new Showcase, and I haven’t a clue what I’m going to do!

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Guest editor looking for new “names”


A detail from one of Daniel’s Korea photos.

The Guest Editor for the next Showcase is the inestimable, incomparable poet Daniel Paul Marshall (no relation). Daniel says of himself:

After eight years in Korea, I find myself returned to England in the throes of Brexit; a jobless, semi-alien seeking reorientation after what has perhaps been a warring absence. I am shamelessly, indomitably a poet, but now unemployment has me under consideration.

How could the zen space fail to offer him if not employment then at least a way to spend a little of his time? He comes to us in full culture-shock mode, after having been immersed in the life and times of a land half-way around the hemisphere, which had front-loaded him with so much inspiration to write, and then having arrived in the UK in winter, to find the country upping anchor and sailing further away from the coast of Europe. Interesting times.

As always in the case of a Guest Editor, Daniel is looking for new talent. Can you write haiku, senryu, and so on? Or short-burst poetry shimmering in the moment? If so, then get in touch with Daniel at danielpaulmarshall85@gmail.com

On this occasion please do not submit via the usual channel, but use the email address above. Go to it!

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The Winter 2019 Showcase is now published!

11As I type these words it is 7am on New Year’s Day 2019. It is still dark outside and an owl is hooting. Were I cleverer with words, a haiku would spring from this moment. As it is, instead, I lay before you a rather strange Showcase…

There are parallel offerings in English/French and English/Magyar, the latter I am taking on trust because I have no knowledge of the language, so let’s live dangerously. There is decidedly non-haiku-esque poetry. There is a piece of prose about a zen master. There are illustrations from a children’s anti-vivisection story.

I have enjoyed scrambling it together at the last possible moment. If you want to read it – and why wouldn’t you? – please hover your pointer over the ‘Experience’ tab and scroll down, or click here.

Oh shut up, owl, you’ve made your point.

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The Summer 2018 Showcase is published

One week behind schedule, but it’s here!

This time, as well as new names providing the words, we have the wonderful photography of Elan Mudrow. Can you see a face in the picture below?

The words are amazing, diverse, surprising. In order to find out more either hover your cursor over the ‘Experience’ tab and scroll down to the bottom, or alternatively click here.

the woods are watching

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Late again…

Karl Valentin 1021… but have no fear, I intend to turn this lateness into an opportunity.karl-valentin-1022 I’m delaying the publication of the Summer 2018 Showcase here at the zen space for a week, while I sort out some issues (I won’t bore you with them).

This means that you have an extra week in which to contribute! I am especially looking for new ‘names’ – people who have not had anything published here before. So if you are new to our Showcases please contribute (as per the instructions under the ‘Submission’ tab). And if you happen to know of anyone else who may be new to us, please pass this invitation on to them.

What I am looking for is haiku of course, but not just haiku. I like to feature any short, in-the-moment poems and poem-like words. Let me see what you’ve got.

the zen space has now been published since 2011, which is actually a lot longer than I had expected. I would like to say thank you to the many people who contribute, and also to those who read the Showcases. I hope you will all continue to support this little venture – and don’t forget to pass the word along.

Once again, in case you missed it above, I’m delaying publication of the Summer 2018 Showcase, and extending the deadline for submissions. You have an extra week!


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Against the odds…

… we only manage to be a day late! Superhuman or what?

the zen space IS NOW PUBLISHED!

4It’s bursting with words, with haiku, with haiga, with poetry, with colour, with doodles, and it’s all waiting for you. Visit it right now – either hover your pointer over the ‘EXPERIENCE’ tab and scroll down to the bottom, or click on the illustration to the left, or click here. Enjoy!

the zen space

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Well, actually…

200 BunnymanI did manage to get the Winter 2018 Showcase published today! Callooh! Callay! So come and join the Bunnyman and his friends over there, and celebrate Hogmanay.

Actually, I don’t think we mention Hogmanay at all, but there’s a goodly amount of other stuff for your delight. So either hover your pointer over the ‘Experience’ tab and scroll down until a link for the Winter 2018 Showcase appears, then click on it. Alternatively, please feel free to click here.

By the way, I check out how the site looks using Google Chrome. If it looks at all odd in your browser, please let me know. I’m not sure there’ll be much I can do about it, but it would be useful to know. Thanks.


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