Barbara StrangBarbara Strang

Born 1944, Invercargill, New Zealand
Living in Christchurch, New Zealand

Barbara Strang lives by the Estuary, Christchurch, New Zealand, an area devastated in recent earthquakes. She enjoys observing the small happenings of the world. Her first haiku appeared in 1993. She’s published two poetry books, Duck Weather and The Corrosion Zone, and is leader of the Small White Teapot Haiku Group.


 

galvanised nails
her new look
for the summer

The Perfect Weight of Blankets at Night, 2019 (NZPS Anthology)

old photograph
my jawline
against the gloom

Human/kind Journal (Issue 1.8, September 2019)

your intense gaze –
cranberries
and dark chocolate

Kokako 31, September 2019 (a New Zealand magazine for haiku and related forms, edited by Patricia Prime and Margaret Beverland)

a cappella
second alto finds
her note

Kokako 31, September 2019

quake damage . . .
the blood vessels
of my retina

Prune Juice, November 2019 issue (#29)

wild ginger
she remembers
his kiss

Prune Juice, Spring/Summer issue, March 2019

winter’s end—
in the mirror a scarecrow
looks back at me

Prune Juice, Spring/Summer issue, March 2019

school reunion
she selects
her scarlet sandals

Prune Juice, Spring/Summer issue, March 2019

not speaking
the cherry on the fence line
in full bloom

Kokako 30, April 2019

he mentions regret
the moon obscured
by cloud

The Unnecessary Invention of Punctuation (NZPS 2018);
number eight wire, the Fourth New Zealand Haiku Anthology, Piwakawaka Press, Tauranga, March 2019

my sister’s absence
on the railing a blowfly
suns itself

Kokako 26, April 2017

punt passing
a new batch of tourists
stares at the ducks

Jumble Box, Haiku and Senryu from Nahaiwrimo, edited Michael Dylan Welch, 2017

his final illness
the shiny corridor
to the exit

Highly Commended in the 2015 NZPS Haiku Competition and published in their anthology scattered feathers (Nov 2015);
galaxy of dust (Red Moon 2015);
Per diem Haiku Foundation July 2015;
Wishbone Moon (Jacar Press, US, 2018).

aftershock
the newlyweds smile
through cracked glass

Highly Commended in the 2015 NZPS Haiku Competition published in their anthology scattered feathers
number eight wire (2019)

Saturday night
a lone fly circles
the lounge

Highly Commended NZPS annual haiku competition, 2014 published in the NZPS anthology Take Back Our Sky

on the dole
she inhales the scent
of coffee

Kokako 20, April 2014

sorting old letters
my past falls
on the floor

Kokako 18, April 2013
still heading out, An anthology of Australian and New Zealand haiku (paper wasp, 2013)

credit card by post
the scent of
new plastic

Haikai café, a fine line, NZPS magazine, September 2012 
still heading out, An anthology of Australian and New Zealand haiku (paper wasp, 2013)

home alone—
a moth thumps
against the shade

still heading out, An anthology of Australian and New Zealand haiku (paper wasp, 2013)

front seat quarrel
the wiper blades
squeal

still heading out, An anthology of Australian and New Zealand haiku (paper wasp, 2013)

old-time dance
he adjusts
his comb over

Kokako 22, April 2015

contest results
golden flowers swirl
down the gutter

Kokako 22, April 2015