Porch to Porch: A Maritime Haiku Anthology 

Edited by Blanca Baquero and Carole Martignacco

The first-ever anthology of Maritime haiku has been published by Haiku Canada Publications. Porch to Porch: A Maritime Haiku Anthology includes the work of 52 poets—among them are such literary notables as Brian Bartlett, George Elliott Clark, Geoffrey Cook, Mariam Dunn, Raymond Sewell and others. Their poems range from classically-influenced to vibrantly contemporary and are as varied as the provinces they celebrate. “You will find here a lively poetic conversation that speaks from porch to porch and to the world beyond.” —Haiku Canada

Edited by Blanca Baquero and Carole Martignacco, the book features cover artwork by Geoff Slater with cover design by Sarah Robinson. Layout was done by Mike Montreuil. Porch to Porch was launched at the 47th annual national conference of Haiku Canada, held at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS, in May. It can be purchased on PEI at Bookmark in Charlottetown.

“While this is a Maritime anthology, it is by no means limited to regional matters. The contributors write about the seasons and landscape, the flora and fauna, but also of concerns beyond their borders. As well there are poems dealing with ‘human’ nature, often buoyed by legendary Maritime humour…,

“I would like to congratulate the editors on an impressive and ground-breaking anthology that will help bring haiku to a much wider audience. We look forward, too, to welcoming many more Maritime members to Haiku Canada,” Angela Leuck, President, Haiku Canada.

Blanca Baquero, of Wolfville, NS, is author of the French-language haiku collection Aussi loin que le vent (Les Éditions David, 2022). Carole Martignacco, of St. Andrews, NB, is author of Teasing the Tides: Haiku (Yarrow Press, 2023). 

Haiku Canada is a society of haiku poets and enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the creation and appreciation of haiku and related forms (tanka, renga, senryu, sequences, haibun, and visual haiku) among its members and the public at large. It fosters association, friendship, communication and mutual support among haiku poets in Canada and abroad.

Local poet Beth Powell is the only poet from Prince Edward Island included in the anthology, which was named for one of her poems.

Contact: haikucanada.org, office@haikucanada.org, @HaikuCanada