This is an issue with MANY fine poems by many many fine poets. There is little else to recommend this issue than the excellent poetry you will find there!!!
Come and take a look, and see if you agree:
Bryan Rickert co-editor
When I agreed to guest-edit a sci-fi edition of Failed Haiku, I had no idea what to expect. I wanted to see if there was a difference between science fiction senryu and science fiction haiku. And, wow, did Failed Haiku readers deliver! I read submission after submission, saying that’s great, that’s awesome, this is amazing, I love this so much. (You can ask my husband, I read your submissions aloud to him!) Science fiction senryu, in my opinion, is a strong poetic form in its own right, and Failed Haiku poets excel at it.
This issue has a dash of everything speculative – lots of aliens, black holes, tentacles, genetic drift, wayward algorithms, dragons (in space!), event horizons, multiverses, creepy bones, screaming beets, werewolves, symbionts, vampires, fractured fairy tales, and planets (even the demoted one).
Enjoy the ride! Thanks for sharing your poems with me. And for those of you with previously unpublished sci-fi senryu in this issue, be sure to nominate your work for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s Dwarf Stars Award in 2023. More info here: http://www.sfpoetry.com/dwarfstars.html
My thanks to Bryan, Kelly, and Mike for giving me the space to play. This was fun.
Julie Bloss Kelsey
Guest Editor for Failed Haiku #74
ANNOUNCING THE RETURN OF ‘graceguts.com’ the wonderful site by Michael Dylan Welch. Almost lost due to a hosting issue it is back and completely reworked. CLICK HERE FOR ‘graceguts’
Also, Michael has added a site strictly relating to ‘Rengay’.CLICK HERE FOR ‘rengay’
Well, it is now confirmed that my reverse shoulder replacement surgery will happen on Monday morning. This surgery is very common now and my surgeon and his team have performed it successfully many many times. I will be in the hospital a day or two and then home for the next two weeks doing almost nothing but my in-home rehab exercises. After that, I head into full rehab for six weeks. In six months I should have an almost full range of motion back and get back to normal activities fully for summer. It has been a painful few months, and COVID issues at the hospital (not me) have set back the surgery several times now. My heart is stable and my Doctors have stopped the crazy episodes I was experiencing, so that is great also.
Although I will be in a sling for a couple of months, I will have use of my fingers and hands, but at a much slower pace on social media for some time as I recover. I will post some images when I get back home as ‘proof of life’, and no one should worry. I may be old and grey but I still have my piss and vinegar intact. 🙂
Abbey and Dae-Min (our cat) will be ordering me around and keeping an eye on me. All will be well.
PS You have two great co-editors who will take great care of you all, and I can’t wait to read your work as I heal. Thanks to Bryan and Kelly, and the guest editors who will be taking over!!!
“poets yeggs and thirsties”, as E.E. CUMMINGS once announced in a poem of his, we at Failed Haiku wish you all a wonderful holiday season however and wherever you celebrate it!!!
Kelly Sauvage is still accepting submissions until midnight on Christmas Day, so if you have not yet bombarded her with your best senryu based work PLEASE DO!
Bryan Rickert is tending to his family and drinking lots of fresh roasted and brewed coffee, and getting ready to get back into the saddle next year!
Mike Rehling is watching the snowfall in the forest that is his backyard and recording in short poems the antics of squirrels. More videos SOON!
Looking for something to read and enjoy while we muster through the holidays and the New Year? Here are some suggestions:
Have a wonderful season, and please know that we all love and care for our poets and our readers at Failed Haiku!
Kelly, Bryan, and Mike
I had the pleasure of again discussing haibun with Roberta Beary who edited the ‘haibun only’ issue of Failed Haiku. We discussed best practices in submissions and the things she looked for in this making her selections for this issue. Check it out on Youtube! CLICK HERE!
We discuss with her the ways poets can improve their odds of acceptance, and hone their craft. Roberta is the Haibun Editor for Modern Haiku and has judged contests, and of course, contributed her own work to many publications both print and online. She has also been the Ambassador of The Haiku Foundation and spoke and traveled to haiku groups in the USA and Europe. In this issue, she has collected single examples from some of the best poets in the Haibun world. Enjoy Issue 72.
OTHER PLACES TO READ AND ENJOY HAIBUN ONLINE!
Haibun Today (archive of past issues) https://haibuntoday.com/ Contemporary Haibun https://contemporaryhaibunonline.com/ Drifting Sands Haibun https://drifting-sands-haibun.org/
Founder Failed Haiku
Issue 72 is full of haibun, and just haibun. Our guest editor Roberta Beary has put together a collection that is worth you spending some time to go from the beginning to the end in one reading.
And, look for a new Video soon!!! You will not want to miss it.
Today I stumbled upon a new YouTube Channel run by our friend and well published haiku and senryu poet Ben Gaa! In his first post he featured a poem by our own Co-Editor Bryan Rickert!!!! Check it out here.
While I am on the subject please consider the following YouTube channels that support our community and SUBSCRIBE to them! Comment on the videos, and pass the word to your friends.
When you subscribe to these and other channels that support haiku and you make them more relevant in search engines, and promote their appearance when people come to YouTube. Your Likes and positive comments also make a huge difference is how many will see the work portrayed. So PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!
This is the time to ready your entries for the Sixth Reichhold Haiga Contest! The complete rules, including TIMES, EMAIL ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSIONS, and DATES are contained in this document.
Please read the rules in their entirety and PLEASE adhere to the rules of the contest. GOOD LUCK!!!
Kelly Sauvage and Bryan Rickert
I had a blast editing this issue. My new Internet allowed me to answer 98% of all submissions in ‘minutes to hours’ rather than days or weeks!!! So kool to get back to what used to be normal before I lost my provider. Thank you Elon Musk for giving me StarLink!!!!
Thanks also goes to a great batch of poets who sent me some interesting work, and a lot of one line senryu! I really enjoyed the time spent, and hope you all enjoy reading this issue as much as I did editing it. Some of you took some risks, and I took them with you!
Next month we have Kelly Sauvage, the newly minted editor who is joining Bryan as a Co-Editor will be editing this issue, so be sure to check the SUBMISSION GUIDES by the 5th of each month to stay in touch with what each of us, or our ‘guest failed editor’ is looking for.
An absolutely stunning collection of some the best work by an already accomplished poet in the Tanka genre. Kala Ramesh is a teacher, poet, and leader in expanding the role of poetry in India as well as the English speaking world. She has become a worldwide force for Japanese poetry, and lectured and presented many times in India and abroad. “The Forest I Know”, Tanka, Tanka Prose, and Tanka Sutras. Reviewed by Mike Rehling