PLEASE SEND YOUR SUBMISSIONS BETWEEN THE 10TH AND THE 25TH OF AUGUST!
The September 1 issue will have this format:
SHORT HAIBUN! THE ‘PROSE POEM’ SHOULD BE NO LONGER THAN 50 WORDS (PLUS OR MINUS A FEW I WILL NOT BE HARSH. Two haibun limit.
I am STILL struggling with poor Internet although there is a new provider installing a new system as I type. Also, this month requires two more ‘brief’ hospital trips. I am collecting pictures of my insides for a scrapbook!!! I am stable right now, and still smiling. It has been a wonderful summer for us this year, enjoying visits from friends (socially distanced) and we are both doing well. That said, I will be offline a few times so get your work in early if you can, but no penalty will be assessed to late submissions, as usual.
In the this crazy moment in time we live in it is good to remember our friends. To all of you who contribute to Failed Haiku, some of you right from the first issue, THANK YOU. This issue was a lifesaver for me. I needed to read poems by people who are not only coping but writing some very touching and savvy poetry during a pandemic. You are my greatest inspiration!
This issue is almost 200 pages of poetry. I truly think that ‘isolation’ has been a poetic spur in the side for many of you. Please take the time to read it through. Your fellow poets will inspire you too.
I want to thank Praniti Gulyani for being our Guest Editor for this issue! Wow, she brought a lot of energy and creativity to both the topic she selected and to her role as an editor. I think a fine young poet is on her way to being a fine editor as well! Take a look at this issue and enjoy the work that all of these fine poets have created.
H. Gene Murtha did not ‘invent’ senryu nor did he write papers on the subject. That was not his style! Instead, he wrote wonderfully revealing and sensitive poems about his first love, nature, and all the complex pieces of his own life. His poems teach us still.
Before his death, he put out Biding Time, a PDF collection of some of his work and told me to ‘put it out there’ so people would have something to remember him by. It has been on my servers ever since! Check it out at the link below.
I just returned from a short hospital stay. I still have some things to sort out, but for now, I am stable. This is related to a heart issue that is tied to genetics, and my father had the same issue. I have doctors who are holistically oriented and working with me. Lots of tests seem to indicate a difficult to diagnose treatment and they can’t seem to put a finger on the actual ’cause’. No worries. I will survive. I am working getting acceptances out for the May issue in two to three days. Then I have a ‘guest editor’ lined up for the June issue.
Also, the Murtha Contest will go on as planned. Brent Goodman and I are looking forward to seeing all your work.
So sorry for the delay. I will sort out these issues soon (I hope) and get things back on course.
Well Well Well! There are almost 100 Haibun in this issue!!! Our two Guest ‘Failed’ Editors,Terri and Raymond French, currently traveling the country in their new home with wheels, have done a wonderful job! With the help, of some of the best Haibun poets out there this issue is a MUST READ! Give it a CLICK right now!
We have a Guest Editor next month! The Traveling Wilburys return in the form of the Traveling French Family! Terrie and Raymond French will be guest editing a HAIBUN only edition. Hold your submission until the TENTH of March!