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2022 Touchstone Poem Award Nominees

The editors are pleased to announce our nominees for The Haiku Foundation's 2022 Touchstone Poem awards. Our thanks to the authors of these poems. We wish them luck!


collecting the days

before boys


Tia Haynes

her slow pulse

dawn arrives

with rain


paul m. 


my heart

the shape of bedsheets

in the dark


John Newson



false indigo my faith in flowers


Peter Newton



autumn rain my hospital wrist band


Deborah P Kolodji






airport taxi …

all the reasons

leave with her


Myron Arnold



my son asks

if we are poor

Sunday rain


Robert Piotrowski


the tidal shore

of consciousness

falling snow


Agnes Eva Savich


missing from her effects

the hum of bees

in wisteria


Michelle Root-Bernstein


2021 Touchstone Poem Award Nominees

open all night

the waitress gazes into

her reflection


Bill Kenney


season after season

grass rises and rises

my husband


Grace Cavalieri


spring sun

still some winter

in the turtle


Laurie D. Morrissey


first frost

the breaths of geese

on the field


Jacquie Pearce


sweet potato

the peeling away

of intimacy


Joanna Ashwell


reclining seals

the still life

of the sea


Peter Newton


a rainy day inside what I am


Lori Becherer


a tanker truck stamped flammable the summer moon


paul m.


smooth in my hand the stone’s long journey


David Berger


stepping stones

across the stream

interrupted sky


Brad Bennett

mountain path

almost reaching

the Milky Way


Nadejda Kostadinova

redwoods the rain that never reaches us


Cherie Hunter Day


through a cedar grove

the flickering lights

of an RV park


John Budan


weaned calf

the mountaintop

swallowed by clouds


Polona Oblak


new year’s eve

the kiss

of beer froth


Agnes Eva Savich



I stop by the barbershop

just to say hello


Bill Kenney


my youth

where the tree

where the treehouse was


Alan S. Bridges


memorial bench

a ladybug rests

on your name


Antoinette Cheung


her evening alone

the paparazzi

of fireflies


Dan Schwerin


counting days

by pill dispenser

the waning light


Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff

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