Monthly Archives: June 2021

Murtha Contest Winners have been notified!!!

The top three prize winners have been notified. The rest of the poems shortlisted for the contest will be revealed on July 1 in BOTH Prune Juice Journal and Failed Haiku editions that will be out that day. SO many great poems.

Our thanks to Tia Haynes and Bryan Rickert who had the hard task of wading through a enormous group of wonderful poems! Thank you all for making their job so very hard, the quality was astounding!

BUT, to tide you over while you wait for the results PLEASE take a moment to download and read this short e-book that Gene Murtha put out just prior to his passing, and also you can search The Heron’s Nest website for his work as well. He loved the ‘Nest’ and published many of his poems there over the years. This contest was created to keep his poems and the memory of his outrageous soul alive for others to enjoy. He had a passion for life that may have have consumed him in the end, but I have nothing but fond memories of Gene right now. So please read his poems and enjoy.

BIDING TIME, by H. Gene Murtha



Issue 66 ‘Back from the Dead’ issue is now (finally) UP!

Did I say ‘short’ delay??? That was really off now wasn’t it? Well, it is now up and I was able to perform the miracle of resurrection on hundreds of senryu!

For those who have expressed concern, I will survive. My neck pain is back with a vengeance, and my headaches again out of control. No worries, I have a great team of Doctors and soon (I hope) we will have this better again. A medication was prescribed for another condition that triggered all of this, and next week I have consultations with all of my physicians. I ain’t dead yet, not even close!

Not to worry for FH though, I have a great co-editor who is doing the next issue and Bryan is young and healthy (or so he tells me) so we are open for business again. My passion for Failed Haiku is only equalled by Bryan’s so we are planning a lot of good things to end this year. Stay tuned.

I appreciate you all, your patience, and your kindnesses to me.