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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Rainbow of Queer Ku

Last week, one of the NaHaiWriMo prompts was in honour of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month: Write about sexuality, gender identity or pride in general. I posted a few of my previously published haiku and senryu on the subject (all inspired by true events) and thought it would be good to gather them here in one post. I'd love to be part of a queer haiku (and related forms) anthology some day. For now: Enjoy!

through the smoke
dark red lips
of a drag queen

Published in Kokako 8 (April, 2008)

karaoke night
watching her adam's apple

Published in Kokako 12 (April, 2010)

Photo taken, and peace cranes folded, by Kirsten Cliff

marriage ceremony
both wear white
her dress   her dress

Commended, NZPS International Haiku Competition 2009
Published in moments in the whirlwind (NZPS Anthology, 2009)

sharing fries
they hold hands
under the table

Published on Haiku News online (Feb, 2011) in response to this article - McDonald's WiFi censors out glbt sites on GayNZ.com


  1. hi, Kirsten!

    popped in from facebook; lots of wonderful things to read in here. I'll have to come back! :D

    I love "marriage ceremony" -- the repetition in the last line like a mantra, a whisper.

    (I added you to my "feathers" roll).

  2. Hi Angie - thanks for stopping by! And adding me to your blogroll :)