This issue is over 200 pages of some of the most creative work I have edited. I told you there were no restrictions and many of you took me right up on the challenge. I love the experimental, but there are lovely, and sometimes very touching works in here as well. It just seemed to me that many of you were not focused on the craziness of 2020 but instead looked inside of yourselves and found not just hope but downright happiness. I feel the same way. Caged a bit, but my wife and I are closer and more in love than ever, and that is saying something!
This last year was a year of discovery for all of us, and a poet’s heart is wonderful thing and always up for the test. Peace and best wishes for the new year!!! I could not wait, so this issue is going up a few hours early so I can enjoy the bubbly with my wife undisturbed.
The Reichhold Haiga Competition will begin accepting submissions, no more than TWO, on October 10th and ending on October 20th! Our judges this year for the Traditional Section is Sandi Pray and for the Photographic and Mixed Media section Ron Moss. Please read the complete details on Failed Haiku Website OR at this Direct Link. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published November 5th in BOTH Prune Juice Journal and Failed Haiku!
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.