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The Seventh Annual H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest!

It is time again to remember H. Gene Murtha. He was a free spritied friend to many, and a wonderfully creative poet. His senryu were evocative, memorable, and original. CLICK HERE to download a copy of “Biding Time”, a collection of his poems.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read ALL the rules for this contest before you submit.

CLICK HERE for the rules of contest and good luck to you all!

Tia HaynesEditor of Prune Juice Journal and Kelly Moyer and Bryan Rickert Co-Editors of Failed Haiku.

The curtain rises on Issue 76!!!

Well, we are now approaching 300 pages. But it is full of interesting takes on senryu, rengay, haiga, haibun, sequences, and oh what the hell, all kinds of stuff!!! I had a blast with this issue, and I want to thank all of you for your kind words. I am feeling better, doing my rehab, and getting my energy back. I appreciate you all…

BUT, without further ado, this is Issue 76!!!


Mike (the old man) Rehling

Issue 74 is on the web and outer space!!!

When I agreed to guest-edit a sci-fi edition of Failed Haiku, I had no idea what to expect. I wanted to see if there was a difference between science fiction senryu and science fiction haiku. And, wow, did Failed Haiku readers deliver! I read submission after submission, saying that’s great, that’s awesome, this is amazing, I love this so much. (You can ask my husband, I read your submissions aloud to him!) Science fiction senryu, in my opinion, is a strong poetic form in its own right, and Failed Haiku poets excel at it.

This issue has a dash of everything speculative – lots of aliens, black holes, tentacles, genetic drift, wayward algorithms, dragons (in space!), event horizons, multiverses, creepy bones, screaming beets, werewolves, symbionts, vampires, fractured fairy tales, and planets (even the demoted one). 

Enjoy the ride! Thanks for sharing your poems with me. And for those of you with previously unpublished sci-fi senryu in this issue, be sure to nominate your work for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s Dwarf Stars Award in 2023. More info here:

My thanks to Bryan, Kelly, and Mike for giving me the space to play. This was fun. 

Julie Bloss Kelsey

Guest Editor for Failed Haiku #74


ANNOUNCING THE RETURN OF ‘’ the wonderful site by Michael Dylan Welch. Almost lost due to a hosting issue it is back and completely reworked. CLICK HERE FOR ‘graceguts’

Also, Michael has added a site strictly relating to ‘Rengay’.CLICK HERE FOR ‘rengay’

Update on Mike!

Hi folks,

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!!!

The Winter Issue #73 Is Up!

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.

Most importantly, we wish you a very Happy New Year!!!!

Bryan and Kelly… and the old man with the beard

Happy Holidays from Failed Haiku

“poets yeggs and thirsties”, as E.E. CUMMINGS once announced in a poem of his, we at Failed Haiku wish you all a wonderful holiday season however and wherever you celebrate it!!!

Kelly Sauvage is still accepting submissions until midnight on Christmas Day, so if you have not yet bombarded her with your best senryu based work PLEASE DO!

Bryan Rickert is tending to his family and drinking lots of fresh roasted and brewed coffee, and getting ready to get back into the saddle next year!

Mike Rehling is watching the snowfall in the forest that is his backyard and recording in short poems the antics of squirrels. More videos SOON!

Looking for something to read and enjoy while we muster through the holidays and the New Year? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Don’t forget the lastest issue guest edited by Roberta Beary, and full of great haibun. CLICK HERE
  2. How about a good dose of SciKu??? Jay Friedenberg has a free eBook out “Sci-Ku: Explorations into the Poetry of Science” CLICK HERE
  3. How about reading the ‘back issues’ of Failed Haiku??? CLICK HERE
  4. How about visiting the Failed Haiku YouTube Channel??? CLICK HERE

Have a wonderful season, and please know that we all love and care for our poets and our readers at Failed Haiku!

Kelly, Bryan, and Mike