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.
I want to thank Praniti Gulyani for being our Guest Editor for this issue! Wow, she brought a lot of energy and creativity to both the topic she selected and to her role as an editor. I think a fine young poet is on her way to being a fine editor as well! Take a look at this issue and enjoy the work that all of these fine poets have created.
H. Gene Murtha did not ‘invent’ senryu nor did he write papers on the subject. That was not his style! Instead, he wrote wonderfully revealing and sensitive poems about his first love, nature, and all the complex pieces of his own life. His poems teach us still.
Before his death, he put out Biding Time, a PDF collection of some of his work and told me to ‘put it out there’ so people would have something to remember him by. It has been on my servers ever since! Check it out at the link below.