Bent, Kelvin, and I have completed the judging. The top three winners have been notified, and the Highly Commended will have to wait until the results are posted on July 1 in BOTH Prune Juice Journal and Failed Haiku!
It was a blast to judge this contest!!!
While you are waiting please read the work of Gene Murtha in his last online chapbook:
Huge thanks to Lori A. Minor for editing this issue!!! She did a wonderful job and you all stepped into her vision for the issue with her. Take a look!
THE MURTHA CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE SUBMITTED!!!
Kala Ramesh, our Guest ‘Failed Editor’ has picked a wonderful crop of senryu for your enjoyment!!!
HOLD your submissions until the 10th and be sure to read the Submission Guides!
Thanks to everyone for supporting Failed Haiku!
I selected some interesting senryu from past issue to comment on. I hope you enjoy them!
HOLD YOUR SUBMISSIONS! WE HAVE A GUEST EDITOR NEXT ISSUE!
Folks, no worries, but I am a little messed up lately physically. The weather changes have caught up with several of the injuries I suffered in my youth. Both knees and both my ankles have acted up at the same time. All have suffered trauma in the past. Add to that my right wrist and fingers (you figure that out), and I am a bit cranky. I don’t do pain killers ever, but I am using some good homeopathic remedies and starting to feel better.
I am glad that many of you enjoyed the video for April Fool’s Day, but I want to be clear that STEVE HODGE wrote the script, put together the video, and conceived the entire ‘plot’. Steve does many things in the background of haiku, and I wanted to be sure that he is recognized for all that he does. BUT, the award for deadpan delivery goes to Terri L. French for almost convincing me that BOTH Frogpond and Modern Haiku would publish her essay on Celeste! I love these two!
Also, I have started a YouTube Channel for Failed Haiku. We will be posting podcasts, interviews, and if you click the ‘Channels’ tab you will find many other great haiku channels. Also, we will feature readings from work published in Failed Haiku. Take a minute, look around, and please consider SUBSCRIBING to our Channel, AND some of the other haiku channels as well. You won’t be spammed or notified unless you choose to, so no worries in that way. Also, I never advertise or sell space or try to monetize anything I do. No worries, my intent is simply to promote senryu on the Internet.
THE MAY ISSUE WILL BE EDITED BY A ‘GUEST’ EDITOR. SO HOLD YOUR SUBMISSIONS UNTIL YOU GET THE EMAIL ON THE 10TH AND PLEASE CHECK THE Submission Guides Link on the site every month.
Thanks to all you who continue to support Failed Haiku, and for your kindness to me personally.
The passing of a humble haiku poet who worked in anonymity to further the reputations of others. Make to sure to listen to the very end for a touching tribute!
WE WILL DELAY THE APRIL ISSUE OUT OF RESPECT FOR THIS FINE POET!
Please visit this link for the short Video Tribute!
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.