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 And for those of you with previously unpublished sci-fi senryu in this issue, be sure to nominate your work for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s Dwarf Stars Award in 2023.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

An Interview with Roberta Beary on Haibun

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.

Haibun Today (archive of past issues) Contemporary Haibun Drifting Sands Haibun

Mike Rehling
Founder Failed Haiku

Winter: Sins, Sorrows and Shenanigans

You did what with Aunt Myrtle’s fruitcake?!?!

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.

Issue 72 (Haibun Issue) is now UP!

Issue 72 is full of haibun, and just haibun. Our guest editor Roberta Beary has put together a collection that is worth you spending some time to go from the beginning to the end in one reading.

And, look for a new Video soon!!! You will not want to miss it.


Issue 71 Is Up! And, Reichhold Results!

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.


Kelly Sauvage

YouTube Channels for Haiku/Senryu

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.

Haiku Talk by Ben Gaa

While I am on the subject please consider the following YouTube channels that support our community and SUBSCRIBE to them! Comment on the videos, and pass the word to your friends.

Ron Moss

The Haiku Foundation

The Haiku Society of America

Poetry Pea

And, not to be forgotten: FAILED HAIKU

When you subscribe to these and other channels that support haiku and you make them more relevant in search engines, and promote their appearance when people come to YouTube. Your Likes and positive comments also make a huge difference is how many will see the work portrayed. So PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!

Mike Rehling