Kala Ramesh is well known all over the world, but especially for her work in her home country of India. I first ‘met’ her on the Internet almost two decades ago, and we have been friends since. Her work has been published in many journals, and she has been a speaker at many haiku conferences and gatherings. Besides being a wonderful poet she is an energetic and positive supporter of haiku in all its forms, and of other poets. Thank you Kala!!!
Kala has also premiered recently this video, which is a collaboration with Masood Hussain! Give it a listen!
A HUGE thank you to Susan Burch for being the ‘guest’ Failed Editor for this issue, AND for allowing us to showcare Kyoka with some of the best practitioners. Thanks to everyone who submitted their work to this issue!!!!
I also want to point you all the Failed Haiku YouTube site for interviews with Ron C. Moss, Susan Antolin, and Roberta Beary. We will be doing more interviews, many more reviews of books, as well as reading from our monthly submitters work. PLEASE Subscribe to our channel!
Bryan Rickert and Michael Rehling(both Failed Editors)
Ron and I are friends, and we have known each other for over two decades. He lives in Tasmania, Australia, and is a successful practitioner of haiku, senryu, haiga, linked verse. He is a wonderful person.
I had the honor of Interviewing Susan Antolin, current editor of Acorn Haiku Journal, one of my favorite poets/editors. Her many kindnesses and encouragement to others are truly admirable. Please take the time to listen to her talk with me about her own haiku journey. Enjoy.
Mike Rehling interviews Roberta Beary haiku poet and haibun editor for Modern Haiku. Wide-ranging you will learn her views on the form and all facets including haiku senryu, haiga, and haibun. She is also the Haiku Ambassador for The Haiku Foundation. Currently, she lives with her husband in Ireland. Roberta has published two books, one ‘The Unworn Necklace’ is in its fifth printing, and ‘Deflection’ a very personal collection available from Accent. She has also worked with two other established poet/editors Kala Ramesh and Ellen Compton to put out an anthology titled ‘Wishbone Moon’. She has also been a ‘guest editor’ of Failed Haiku in the Haibun issues. See her work on Twitter daily under the handle @shortpoemz. You can buy her book ‘The Unworn Necklace” here: https://robertabeary.com/book/the-unw… Her book Deflection can be purchased at Accents: https://robertabeary.com/book/deflect… Thanks, Roberta for spending time with us! Mike Rehling
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.