Kokako #32: Night Sky

The widely-read New Zealand journal, Kokako, publishes haiku, tanka, haibun and related forms. As usual, the most recent issue (#32) includes writing from New Zealand and around the world.




This issue of Kokako includes a poem of mine titled, Night Sky, which is written in the form of a haiku shuffle. In an earlier post, I explained that a haiku shuffle seeks to use the strong imagery of haiku to create a poem with a contemporary feel. This is achieved largely by deconstructing the haiku around the phrase and fragment, and by shuffling and repeating lines. Links to my other posts on the haiku shuffle are shown below.

As a first step in writing a shuffle, it is important to write a set of strong haiku. You can write any number of haiku you wish, but for the shuffle to work well you need to begin with good haiku. Once you are satisfied with the haiku you can proceed to shuffle lines and fragments, repeat lines, repeat fragments and build up the poem.

This is my poem from Kokako #32:


Night Sky


the colours

of sunset

rising together


pale pink and apricot

a kink in my neck


rising together

your star and mine


drifting in space


the milky way

so many things

need doing


I decide to straighten

the Southern Cross


night sky

the moon

looks so earthly


drifting in space



is your star

still there


If you would like to read more from Kokako, information on subscriptions and submissions can be obtained from the Editors, Patricia Prime and Margaret Beverland, by emailing kokakonz(at)gmail(dot)com.



How To Haiku Shuffle

There’s been some interest in the poems I’ve published using the haiku shuffle format, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain my thinking about this format a little more clearly. I’ve written on this topic in two previous posts (see links below). The first of these explained how the idea grew out of… Read More How To Haiku Shuffle

The Haiku Shuffle

In late 2017, the Canberra-based Haiku @ The Oaks writing group was discussing various ways to present haiku in a live situation. Inspired by the ideas from this meeting, I applied a variation of these thoughts to writing a haiku style poem – a form I now like to call the haiku shuffle. Back in 2017,… Read More The Haiku Shuffle