COMPETITION / CONTEST WINS AND AWARDS
The above photo haiku was selected for Haiku Master of the Month by judges on award-winning Japanese TV NHK World for the month of January, 2018.
The January 2021 issue of Seedpods (e-journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society) featured this year’s judge Jim Kacian’s report of the 2020 Samurai Haibun Contest in which my haibun ‘Source’ was awarded second place.
Inspired by the Edwardian bandstand in the municipal park here in Warrenpoint…
International Sakura Award – Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2020
blossoms hover over
the wind section
Runner Up in the Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition 2020
the mountain appears
pine by pine
In 2019 I was delighted to have received an honourable mention in the Sanford Goldstein contest.
Runner up in the IAFOR Vladimar Devidé Haiku Contest “History, Story, Narrative” Section, 2017.
Commended in Croatian Institute for Transfusion Medicine Haiku Contest June 2016.
Longlisted in the inaugural Seamus Heaney Awards for New Writing 2015.
Presented with award by Belfast poet Michael Longley for poetry facilitation services to schools in inaugural Seamus Heaney Awards for Achievement, 2015.
Winner of Financial Times ‘Poet in the City’ Workplace Haiku/Senryu Competition 2015.
Runner Up in Irish Haiku Society Journal (Shamrock) Readers’ Choice Awards 2015, third in 2014 and highly commended 2019.
Finalist (one of seven) in the international haiku section of the RedLeaf Poetry Awards, India, 2014.
Selected poet in foreign language category of the Associazione Italiana Haiku Matsuo Basho Award; haiku published in awards anthology 2014.
Third prize winner in Croatia’s Ivanić Grad Pumpkin Festival Haiku Competition 2014.
Shortlisted in the International Touchstone Awards for best individual poem 2013.
Runner up in the GKBCinc short story competition, 2013.
Longlisted in the Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition, 2013.
Sakura Award winner in the Vancouver International Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Competition, 2012 & Honourable Mention International Section 2019.
Winner of A Vogel Short Story Competition, 2012.
Winner of Southern Education & Library Board Short Story Competition, 2009.
Hi, my name is Marion Clarke and I am a writer and artist living in Warrenpoint, County Down, on the east coast of Northern Ireland. As well as writing free form poetry, short fiction and non-fiction, I have been studying and writing short form poetry such as haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun and haiga for over a decade. In these “micro poems” the writer conveys a particular moment in time through the use of concrete imagery and employment of the five senses. By applying their own unique life experience when reading the words presented, the reader finishes each poem and makes it unique to them.
Haiku typically consist of three lines—although there are also one, three and four line haiku. Haiku are often nature-inspired and although some still follow a 5-7-5 syllable format, this is not necessary and even discouraged in many circles. In Japanese, haiku are written in sound units (mora) that follow this pattern, but because these are longer than English syllables, using 5-7-5 syllables can make the poem sound overly long or ‘padded out.’ The senryu is a poem focussing on human nature, rather than the natural world, is of a similar length. Senryu depict some aspect of the poet’s experiences in the world and with his or her fellowman and are often ironic or poignant. The haibun is a a beautiful poetry form featuring a combination of prose and haiku and haiga incorporates art or photography with the haiku (the latter being know as a shahai, or photo haiku)
I am a member of the Irish Haiku Society and have had work published in international haiku journals and anthologies. I have work featured by invitation in ‘Bamboo Dreams’, and ‘Between the Leaves’, the first and second collections of haiku from poets from or living on the island of Ireland. Much of my work, both writing and painting, is inspired by my location on the shores of Carlingford Lough, close to the Mountains of Mourne. I returned here in 2000 after spending many years studying then working elsewhere.
Here is a sample of my haiku, monoku and senryu:
Published in tinywords
on the mend . . .
this long afternoon
stitched by swallows
Issue 17.1 | 31 May 2017
Published in tinywords, 2 January 2017
final prognosis different clouds on the horizon
a glasswing enters
Published in the Asahi Shimbun, Japan in the Asahi Haikuist Network by David McMurray, 21 October, 2016
little sister …
Mum places Dad’s rosary
around your fingers
THE CROATIAN INSTITUTE FOR TRANSFUSION MEDICINE
Petrova 3, Zagreb, Croatia 2016
Marion Clarke, Northern Ireland/Sjeverna Irska
blood transfusion ransfuzija krvi
the millionaire can’t afford ni milijarder ne može
to be fussy cjepidlačiti
Tinywords – 8 December 2015
after the ceremony gossiping jackdaws
shrieking gull falling from a cliff this fear of flying
Published in the Financial Times, London, 8 May, 2015 – winner of the FT Poet in the City Workplace Haiku/Senryu Competition
suddely he regrets
Sunday night darts
Published in Frozen Butterfly, Issue 2, April 2015
rasp of stubble . . .
a fieldmouse climbs
the scarecrow’s cheek
petals lifted by the breeze suddenly the weight of my heart
Featured in HaikuLife Film Festival 2015
icy twilight warmed by the lights from home
From Making Memories, Poetry in Motion Anthology published by Community Arts Partnership, Belfast 2015
through generations . . .
Gran’s button box
From Chen-ou Liu’s NeverEnding Story, November 29th, 2014
a gray yard
before the robin
Chinese Translation (Traditional)
Chinese Translation (Simplified)
Published in the Financial Times, London, 29th October 2014
new office space
the hermit crab checks out
a larger shell
Joint third in Croatia’s Ivanić-Grad Pumpkin Festival Haiku Competition 2014
toothless . . .
an old lady smiles back
at the pumpkin
starica se smiješi
sunlight on the lough
this desire to walk
Modern Haiku, Issue 45.2 Summer 2014
a heron crosses
Frogpond, Summer Issue, 2014
our spades remove
the end of winter
Published in the Associazione Italiana Haiku Anthology, 2014
First published in the French version in an article by Jessica Tremblay in Gong – Revue Francophone de Haiku, 2013.
nudges the moon
point du jour . . .
le mât d’un volier donne un petit coup
à la lune
Burning Bush II, literary journal, Issue 5, June 2013
holiday break up . . .
her cheeks bruised
by the breeze
Shortlisted for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Award, 2013
First published in Shamrock, Journal of the Irish Haiku Society, Issue 25
a sparrow flicks its tail
Shot Glass Journal, January 2013
morning after –
my empty glass
full of dawn
early opening –
I catch the yawns
of mall staff
The Heron’s Nest, March, 2012
a barnacle waits
on a limpet
Frogpond, Journal of the American Haiku Society, Autumn Issue, 2012
grandma’s kitchen . . .
a star-covered teacup
for the gypsy lady
The following monostich were published in these issues of Tinywords:
chasing shadows we wait on news of her scan
9 April 2015
familiar tune my children’s voices above the mountain stream
13 May 2013
riptide unable to help myself
21 March 2013
midday heat still ticking abandoned bicycle
4 September 2013
disused road roots resurfacing
20 September 2013
Winner of the Every Day Poets ‘Great Big Little Poems Competition’
skinny dipping –
one small step to land
on the moon
Sakura Award winner in 2012 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Competition – International Category
canal bank …
each cherry tree touching
Highly commended in the Irish Haiku Society 2011 international Haiku Competition
la balancelle de mon père
Highly commended in the Irish Haiku Society 2011 international Haiku Competition and published in the anthology of haiku poetry from Ireland Bamboo Dreams
storm on the lough
streetlamps on Seaview
lit by sunrise
Published in haiku journal, A Hundred Gourds
another winter . . .
my father’s garden seat
early dusk . . .
my children’s footsteps
fill the stillnes
Published in haiku journal, Notes from the Gean
sleet ticks off the window pane
then slaps it
low winter sun
warming up a row
of chimney pots
she works alongside
Published in UK literary journal, ‘the view from here’
looking out to sea
she longs to iron out
Published in Irish literary journal, The Linnet’s Wings
shifting sand …
the hermit crab inspects
a larger shell
coffee and Danish –
the Mournes dusted
Published in Shamrock, Journal of the Irish Haiku Society
Monday blues –
the thrush stops to sing
descending mist . . .
the Mournes unavailable