Sorry folks, but a surprise snowstorm and in and out Internet have finally caught up with me! After 38 on time issues, this one will be a day or two late. I am not dug out and have spotty Internet but should have it out by the 2nd of March at the latest. Apologies, but this entire effort is done in the cloud and I don’t want to take short cuts that mess up the final result.
Issue 36 is a milestone in many ways. I never expected to get this far. 24 issues of ShortStuff 17 years ago, and now Failed Haiku Issue 36. About a dozen other publications too in between, so although I may not be famous for my own poems I hope that I get some credit for promoting the poems of others. I want to thank every poet who has submitted their work to me. I hope I have lived up to your expectations. I have enjoyed reading the work of so many fine poets, and it is humbling to think you would trust me with your poems. THANKS!!!
This issue has some surprises like they all do, there are a couple of dozen ‘stunners’ in this one. I hope you enjoy it as much I did putting it together for you.
Next month will be a RETROSPECTIVE ISSUE, so hold your submissions for now. My Internet still sucks, and hope is that by this time next year we will have the issues solved with a new system. I will do a much better job of letting people know what is happening this year. But I will still have to leave the house to do much of the work on the site.
This month, The Guy Fawkes edition of Failed Haiku, will be ‘guest edited’ by Michael H. Lester! The guidelines for this issue will be as follows:
Any combination of five to ten humorous senryu, kyoka, cherita, haiga, kyoka art, sequences (each poem in a sequence counts as one submission) and short senryu or kyoka prose are okay (each of which will count as three submissions). The general Failed Haiku guidelines also apply. All submissions will be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission for this issue close at Midnight Eastern Time on the 25th of October!
Also, this month we have the Third Annual Jane Reichhold Hiaga Competition!
Check out the Guidelines by CLICKING HERE! Please read the ENTIRETY OF THE GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING! Thanks!
This was a fun issue to edit! Some wonderful haibun, haiga, Kyoka, and Rengay as well! Some of my ‘favorites’ outdid themselves as well, so all in all, I had a blast! My Internet has been very flakey of late and any solution is a year or so away. BUT this issue made me feel a whole lot better. Lots of announcements in the next week so stay tuned.