Sharing a train window

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Last Train Home, a new collection of haiku, tanka, and rengay celebrating train travel! The book is edited by me, with contributions from poets around the world.

Over the past year, many of us have had to cancel trips and stay close to home. But there are no limits to where our imaginations can take us. Last Train Home is an invitation to remember past trips, and imagine the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and emotions others have experienced crossing the Canadian prairies or the Australian Outback, climbing China’s Yellow Mountain, travelling at night between Paris and Madrid, glimpsing Mount Fuji, stopping at border crossings, and so much more. It also looks forward to when we can once again travel freely, get together with family and friends, meet new people, and explore new places.

In the meantime, I’d like to welcome you on a virtual train tour, beginning with a photo of sunrise from Saskatoon station on my first cross-Canada VIA Rail trip back in the mid-1980s. The haiku that follows speaks to more recent experience on the same train—sharing a dining table with different passengers each day.


across the dining car

an exchange of hometowns

Jacquie Pearce
And a few more selections from the book:

Paris to Milan train

the baby cries

in every language

Karen Hoy

departing Valencia

as my vacation ends

scent of oranges

Roberta Beach Jacobson

dark night

a migrant catching sleep

on the last train

Adjei Agyei-Baah

Last Train Home is available on Amazon in various countries. You can also drop into the Last Train Home -haiku Facebook page for more poems, photos, and stories related to the book and train travel in general.

To keep the virtual train going, I’m inviting other creative writing bloggers to share their train stories and photos and link back here.

Next stops on the tour:

kcdyer, Vancouver-based author of the literary travel adventure, Eighty Days to Elsewhere

Poet Julie Thorndyke from New South Wales, Australia

Haiku Railroad Blues video with US haiku poet Alan Pizzarelli

Crafty Green Poet, Juliet Wilson, writing from Edinburgh, Scotland

a past train post by UK poet Alan Summers and a new post about the train anthology.

Haiku poet Agnes Eva Savich shares some of her train haiku and images from her 1998 European train travels

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14 Responses to “Sharing a train window”

  1. Jean-Pierre Antonio Says:

    This is really exciting! Congratulations on the publication. I can’t wait to let the trains take my imagination away.

  2. julietwilson Says:

    I’m delighted to have haiku in this book and to be part of the virtual train tour! Thanks for putting this all together!


  3. haikutec Says:

    I ordered the train anthology promptly as I love reading poems about trains, journeys, and their stations.

    A big thank you to the poets in the book!

    warm regards,
    Alan Summers
    co-founder, Call of the Page

  4. john hawkhead Says:

    Great anthology Jacquie – as someone who works in the rail industry, I’m particularly please to have some haiku published in this.

  5. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    Thanks, everyone! As the editor, I’ve read all the poems many times, and I still enjoy them all–and the feeling of resonance from one to the other.

  6. jgarrison75 Says:

    This is such a neat idea. I came here from Juliet Wilson’s post on the book. One of these days I will do a trans-Canada trip. I have taken the train out of the north of Canada following a canoe trip once and have done many cross-country trips in the US as well as in other countries.

  7. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Btw, the train between Toronto and Vancouver has the best dining car service (with an actual chef onboard)–as well as some great scenery, of course!

  8. snowcress Says:

    Dear Jacquie…it’s wonderful to be on board this lovely train with so many wonderful poets and poems. What a feat! I love it…an anthology to treasure for years to come. Memories of my own flood back to me reading the poems within the pages. Congratulations! On this wonderful book, and more to come from your new press.

  9. Marina Talmacci Says:


    Fall path unwinds
    Poplar manes translucent
    Railroad staccato

    River stares back
    Beckons through weeping glass
    Swollen her womb

    Woods surrender
    Stripped off is ballroom gown
    Night bares all

    © Marina Talmacci October 2020

  10. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    Thanks for sharing, Marina 🙂

  11. Chrissi Villa Says:

    I have been so busy, but I want to say thank you again for including me in this beautiful anthology. I’m enjoying my copy now! 🙂

  12. Last Train Home | Agnes Eva Savich's Blog Says:

    […] Sharing a train window on Wild Ink, from editor Jacquie Pearce […]

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