Monthly Archives: April 2016

Issue 5 of Failed Haiku Senryu Journal is now Online!

Issue 5 is now online! This one is jammed full of senryu, haiga, haibun, a sequence or two, and a few kyoka. This one was particularly fun to edit since the work took some unusual turns in a few places. As always, there is something for everybody. Check out the link at:

Also, don’t forget that as a PDF file all issues of Failed Haiku can be loaded into your Kindle device or on you PC/Mac with their free software download. Then you can ‘search’ each issue for particular poems, and read it offline in any location.

Enjoy this issue, and look for an announcement soon about a new Senryu Contest coming in May!




The May 1st issue is ‘in the can’!

The May 1st issue is now ‘in the can’!

All poets have been notified, and we will go ‘live’ after the stroke of midnight on May 1st!!! Thanks to everyone who submitted, and to the many readers who support us with their eyes!!! The ‘cast list’ for this issue is as follows:

Lovette Carter
Devin Harrison
Diana Teneva
Pris Campbell
Jesus Chameleon
Marianne Paul
Adjei Agyei-Baah
Maya Lyubenova
Elmedin Kadric
Bruce Jewett
Chen-ou Liu
Dave Read
Brad Bennett
David Oates
Karen Harvey
Cynthia Rowe
Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
Willie R. Bongcaron
Al Fogel
Garry Eaton
Shloka Shankar
Eva Limbach
Juliet Wilson
Gergana Yaninska
Christina Martin
Rachel Sutcliffe
Johannes S. H. Bjerg
Rosemary Bryerton-Schiff
Ian Willey
Mohammad Azim Khan
Olivier Schopfer
Barbara Tate
Christina Sng
Hannes Froehlich
Phyllis Lee
Barbara Kaufmann
Steve Black
Marianne Paul
Elizabeth Crocket
Meik Blöttenberger
Keitha Keyes
Angelo B. Ancheta
Debbie Strange
Jan Benson
Elizabeth Alford
Madhuri Pillai
Louise Hopewell
Mark Gilbert
Lysa Collins
Kalyana Hapsari
Nicholas Klacsanzky
Pat Geyer
Gail Oare
Nina Kovačić
Zoran Doderovic
Jill Lange
Helen Buckingham
Janet Patton
David J Kelly
Carol Raisfeld
Billy Antonio
Rob Scott
Cliff T. Roberts
Alexander B. Joy
Bob Lucky
Ken Sawitri
Sondra J. Byrnes
Jayashree Maniyil
Sharon Rhutasel-Jones
Julie Warther
Debbi Antebi
Claire Vogel Camargo
nancy brady
Raamesh Gowri Raghavan
Myron Lysenko
Alegria Imperial
Tzetzka Ilieva
Roberta Beary
Marilyn Humbert
Bob Carlton
Marietta Jane McGregor                                                                                                                                
Ola Lindberg


A word about Submissions!

As most of you know who have submitted your work here, I LOVE reading your senryu, your haibun, haiga, and anything else related to senryu. It is a wonderful trick that I have played on you all to get poets to send their work to me! I love reading your poetry, and this is no work at all for me. What a great job I have!

That said, I want to serve you the best that I can, and for that to happen I need to have a system so that your work gets to me. Since I receive hundreds of personal emails a day, I set up EDITOR@FAILEDHAIKU.COM for ALL submissions. All emails sent there go directly into a special ‘Reading Folder’ that I use to make selections for the next issue. I do this in ‘order’ of receipt, hence generating the ‘Cast List, in order of appearance‘ for the next issue. The first poet listed is first to submit for that issue!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE submit only to the correct email address. I absolutely hate leaving someone out due only to a clerical error such as sending to my personal email, where I don’t see the work, and it does not go into the Reading Folder. I am not being stuffy or procedural, but I sincerely don’t want to miss seeing your work. The contributors are our lifeblood, and I don’t want to disappoint any of you.

When I submit my own work to other journals I always go to their Submissions page, each and every time, and review and comply with their submissions guidelines. Having ‘played’ the role of Editor myself many times now I know that these ‘systems’ are setup to organize submissions so that nothing is lost or missed in the process. I would ask you before submitting to just take a minute and go to the Submissions Guides link of and read it again.

I am committed to being the kind of Editor that I have admired over the years, and missing a truly worthy submission is something I want to avoid at all costs. Disappointing a poet is not on my agenda, and petty ‘rules’ always were off putting to me, but I assure you I WANT to see your work, and I will treat it, and the poet who wrote it, with respect.

Thanks to all the poets who have made Failed Haiku a success!