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.
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.
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!
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
Hemapriya Chellappan has assembled a wonderful collection of linked forms and many fine collaborations. I want to thank her for bringing this issue off so imaginatively, and to all who submitted for giving us such a clear view of the whole spectrum of linked verse in haikai!!!!
We will be attempting an experiment on August 21st at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time! We will convene a meeting of several past and present editors of Failed Haiku and Prune Juice. The summit will last for 90 minutes, and begin with a discussion from each participant, followed by questions from the audience. Some folks who will be in attendance (hopefully) based on schedules and Internet connections are:
AND, DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!! Kelly Sauvage has agreed to join Bryan and I as a co-editor. We are thrilled that she agreed and please check out herpage for more about her. She has guest edited and done a wonderful job, and we look forward to her input and energy.
Yours truly, will be cutting back. I am feeling much better, and thank you all for your kindnesses, and good thoughts! But, my Internet is off the charts awful, and I want to spend more time expanding the Failed Haiku Video library which I can do without deadlines by going to public WIFI spots for uploads. I will still be doing a couple of issues a year, and maybe some readings, book reviews, and commentary. Look for announcements soon, as we are planning a Senryu Summit on Zoom with guest editors, and some interviews with true Senryu greats. More later!
Bryan and Kelly will be more the face of Failed Haiku as we enter the new year, and there are not two people anywhere I trust and love as poets and editors more than these two. Please congratulate them for having the silly fortitude to take an elephant off my back and continue the work of FH!!! My thanks and gratitude to them both!