James Roderick BurnsJames Roderick Burns

Born 1972 in Great Britain
Living in Edinburgh, Scotland

James Roderick Burns' short-form collections 'The Salesman's Shoes' (tanka) and 'Greetings from Luna Park' (sedoka) are published by Modern English Tanka Press. He is managing editor of the UK journal Other Poetry, and lives and works in Edinburgh.

 

Overhead, grey skies
threatening snow – under foot
offerings of salt

The Zen Space, Winter Showcase, 2014

 

In the half-filled urn
my face, the whole
luminous day

Hummingbird 25.1, 2015

 

Night reflections –
paper lightshade stands in
for the missing moon

Bottle Rockets 30, February 2014

 

By the arse
of the chameleon
everyone is green

Asahi Shimbun, April 29, 2016

 

Autumn meeting –
waft of flung manure
but no crop rising

Haiku Canada Review 8.2, October 2014

 

Wild wind
plunges its hands
in the saplings' hair

Mainichi Shimbun, September 22, 2015

 

Early afternoon –
supermarket receipt blows
into a tree, sticks

The Zen Space, Winter Showcase, 2014

 

Limber crow
flexes a road sign
as I stump by

Asahi Shimbun, April 15, 2016

 

Oystercatcher –
red steeple probes
the shifting cloud

Hummingbird 25.1, 2015

 

Winter rosehips –
cleaner, more delicate
in their decay

Mainichi Shimbun, December 5, 2015

 

New year bells –
still the moss-choked gutter
opens to rain
 
Chrysanthemum 16, October 2014

 

Against a stack
of frozen tyres
the rat’s quick mark
 
Kernels 1, Spring 2013 - Haiku Editor’s Choice

 

Shed matters –
where paint spatters end,
the snail trail begins
 
Haiku Canada Review 8.2, October 2014

 

Shed matters –
where paint spatters end,
the snail trail begins
 
Haiku Canada Review 8.2, October 2014

 

After the hacking,
bees and intricate
investigations
 
Cattails Premier Edition, January 2014

 

Only through rain
and beaten grey skies
can the sun burn gold
 
Hedgerow 12, December 2014

 

In this summer light
even the toilet block
glows with happiness
 
Asahi Haikuist Network, May 17, 2013

 

From vine to gutter,
then back as we pass –
jittery sparrows
 
Creatrix 28, February 2015

 

Pigeon alighting
for the dignitary’s head
stops, offers his place
 
Haiku Journal 29, July 2014

 

Old man
finds his shoe
on the corner
 
Seven by Twenty, July 23, 2014

 

Dusk – wind whistles
through the neck
of my coffee cup
 
Mainichi Shimbun, May 9, 2014 - Isamu Hashimoto’s Annual Selection, 2014

 

Among the bluebells
an aluminium can
explodes in the heat

Asahi Shimbun-International Herald Tribune, October 1-2, 2005

 

Artist – gorilla
staring at the setting sun,
supper fruit unpicked

Haiku Quarterly 25, Spring 2001

 

Flamingo enclosure –
facing the gale
with a bent umbrella

Taj Mahal Review 13.1, June 2014

 

Funnel of sparrows
in the pale dawn –
all my mistakes

Bottle Rockets 30, February 2014

 

Ghost fruit, memory –
train stirring last year’s brambles
as it rumbles past

Four and Twenty, November 29, 2011

 

High voices, then on
to unimaginable
paradise – a moth

Haiku Scotland 3, Autumn 2005

 

Junction – quick vista
opens to twin roads and trees
before walls close in

Blithe Spirit 11.2, June 2001

 

One hard frost –
all we have left
of winter

World Haiku Review Spring Issue, April 2014

 

Salamander Street –
ruptured bicycle tyre twists
to infinity

Anon 1, Summer 2003

 

Threading a needle
on the foreshore –
passing cormorant

Mainichi Shimbun, July 19, 2014