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!!!
Thank you all for being a part of making this the best holiday season OF MY LIFE!!!! I couldn’t be more grateful. It was an honor to read of your winter joys, sorrows, and, yes, shenanigans over more than a few Dirty Kerouacs at a quaint little coffee shop outside of Detroit while visiting my new family over the holidays.
Editor Kelly Sauvage
Looking ahead, please hold your submissions until January 10th. We have a special issue in store for you, so be sure to check out the submission guidelines in a few days.
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.
This month, we invite you to submit your finest senryu pertaining to winter. Give us your wildest antics, your deepest insights, your snow angels and devils, your Wolf Moon howling. As always, experimentation and authenticity are encouraged and exalted.
Submissions accepted December 10th through the 25th.
When I asked for work that excites and inspires, I never imagined you all would throw me into a state of rapture! This issue is not only a collection of phenomenal poetic expressions, it is a celebration of all that you are.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for! Bryan and I had a blast reviewing all of your entries. We had some hard decisions to make; but, in the end, a few pieces rose to the top. We couldn’t be more excited to share them with you today.
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.
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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