Jan BensonJan Benson

Born 1952, Findlay, Ohio
Residing in Fort Worth, Texas
Jan Benson is a Pushcart Prize nominated haiku poet living in Texas. Benson's senryu are published in many of the world's leading journals and magazines. Jan is a member of The World Haiku Association, and Poetry Society of Texas. Jan's profile can be found on The Haiku Foundation Poet Registry and online at The Living Haiku Anthology.
@janbentx (Twitter)


migrant moon...
walking from weeds
into weeds

Failed Haiku Issue 37, January 2019

across my leg
your leg
building bridges

Human/Kind Journal, January 2019

rough trade
a popinjay's
feather falls

Scryptics Issue 2.4, January 2019

black metal
the inversion
of crow's oath

Scryptics Issue 2.4, January 2019

into your diamond

Human/Kind Issue 1.2, February 2019

a wall
runs through it...
state of the union

Failed Haiku, Issue 38, February 2019

a doxology
in tongues

Prune Juice Issue 27

scattering night dreams of winter adoption

Prune Juice Issue 27

winnowing ash for bone post-paradise

Sonic Boom, Issue 14, April 2019 (Paper Lanterns)

the language
of borders…
interpreting walls
2019 THF Rolling Haiku Anthology

remeasuring bigotry  Christchurch mosque

Bleached Butterfly Mag Issue 1.1, June 2019

unspent secrets
nestled on my tongue...
swallowing the bitter

Bleached Butterfly Mag Issue 1.1 June 2019

a womb
filled with cloud...


a whisper of lipstick speaking tomes

Failed Haiku issue 28, 4/01/2018

the darkest
corner of a closet
cut upon cut

Gnarled Oak  Spring 2018

bouquet garni
into the mother sauce...
our blended family

Michigan Leaves Project May 1, 2018

black metal
the unknown moons
of haiku

Scryptic, Issue 2.2, August 2018

in conversation
the shape of stillbirth

Scryptic, Issue 2.2, August 2018

picking blues
with a pocket-knife slide
pop's old dreadnought

Prune Juice 3/1/2018

rimed forest
a nightingale
busks me home

Failed Haiku issue 28

bone moon
the ululations
of mothers

Wild Voices Spring 2017 Wildflowers Poetry Press

heel prints
in the small of his back...
patchouli nights

Hedgerow #118, June 2017

tending veins
of vines up a trellis
father's fatted leg

They Gave Us Life Anthology Editor, Robert Epstein Oct 2017

mom's glossary
of sharp syllables
cactus moon

Hedgerow #121 Autumn 2017

the pond
holds a half moon
theology of bones

Sonic Boom Issue 10 Autumn 2017

tinny chromatics
of an old spinet
trading up
to wind chimes

Prune Juice Issue 22 July 2017

in a pinched cove
lithium tremors

Modern Haiku, Issue 47:2 Spring 2016

crescent moon and her silk blouse a zephyr swells

Frogpond 38:2 Summer 2015

a bow
on her neck
fiddler's choice

ein Bogen auf
ihrem Hals die
Wahl des Fiedlers

Chrysanthemum #18, October 2015 Page 7

her palms
bruising cardamom seeds
the subtleties of chai

Blithe Spirit Journal Vol. 26, #4 Winter 2016

our bed
dressed in knit linens
weaver's moon

Blithe Spirit Journal Vol. 26, #4 Winter 2016

the thrum
of stars in my bones
hadron collider

Blithe Spirit Journal Vol. 26, #4 Winter 2016

the smooth
swallow of addiction
pearl moon

Blithe Spirit Journal Vol. 26, #4 Winter 2016

cold water on an african violet ghosts bloom

Brass Bell  May 2016

scudding clouds
under a bridge
the fitful flap
of bats

Brass Bell  October 2016

removing the fitbit
today she walks
in memory of mom

100 Thousand Poet's for Change Autumn 2016Autumn 2016

moonless night
bleached bones and
the whir of a copter

Butterfly Dream July 31, 2016

penumbra moon
a prudence of vicars
covets candles

Blue Hole Magazine (Georgetown, Texas Poetry Festival) Autumn 2016

quantum shift
venus positions herself
over jupiter

Failed Haiku Vol. 1, Issue 3, Page 69 March 1, 2016

red fish blue fish season of hubris

Failed Haiku Vol. 1, Issue 3, Page 69 March 1, 2016

home late--
the kiss you wanted,
the one you got

Failed Haiku Vol. 1, Issue 4, Page 52 April 1, 2016

post election--
tell-all books

Failed Haiku Vol. 1, Issue 4, Page 52 April 1, 2016

the catch of his hand
as I walk away

Failed Haiku Vol. 1, Issue 5, Page 57 May 1, 2016

mom's rosebush
in each bloom
a blood memory

The Enigmatist Anthology June 2016

sand moon
sorting breath
from bone

Waco WordFest Anthology October 2016

border fence...
their gaping mouths
known by flies

Waco WordFest Anthology October 2016

cello moon
son's first christmas card
from prison

Waco WordFest Anthology October 2016

single mother
of another
single mother

Waco WordFest Anthology October 2016

impromptu picnic
at japanese gardens
herbal tea and zen

1st Place May Contest, 2014 Poetry Society of Texas
2015 Book of the Year (P.S.T.)

half notes
in a duet
the iamb of twins

3rd Place Galaxy of Verse Contest Autumn 2015

pirate moon
his wrecked
hover board

Ershik April 2016