New Poet Interview with Terri L. French!!!

It was my pleasure the other day to interview my good friend Terri L. French. We discussed a number of things, and I hope you have as much fun listening as we did in talking together. Be sure to check out the links to her work and books below the video. Thanks, Terri for giving others the chance to get to know you better.

Issue 79 rocks Linked Verse!!!

In the entire life of Failed Haiku, we have not had an issue such as this one. Thanks to everyone who submitted and to those who are not yet confident in Renku, Rengay, Tan Renga, and all the associated forms this issue will be a wonderful introduction to the corner of haiku and senryu. Please click below and enjoy! Bryan Rickert

In addition, the results of the H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest are now out, and congratulations to all those who submitted as well as those whose work is selected. You will find the link in the new issue! In addition the contest results will also be in the new issue of Prune Juice Journal! Thanks to our two judges for this year Susan Burch and Vandana Parashar!


And, please don’t miss the engaging interview by Mike Rehling with Agnes Savich!

Enjoy and have peace in your heart that we have poetry in the times we live in. Poems have the power to uplift and heal!

Kelly Savage, Bryan Rickert, and that old guy who lives in the woods!

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’