A Journal for Linking Poets
Dr Shaleen Kumar Singh,
James & Patricia Hackett
an'ya at moonset
Three Lights Gallery
Linda Papanicolaou and the staff of Haigaonline: Mary, Hiromi, Shisen, Choshi and Jasminka
Wow! You knock me out!! In a really good way! A quote leaps into my ear and yells,”say me! say me!”; So I will. “Much madness is divine’s sense.” I like they way your poems start fast. Your tight phrasing and the juxtaposition of surprises is fun to read. I’ve just waded into reading your work and it’;s extremely encouraging to hear such a voice alive with the exciting and weird magic of language. I’ve always been amazed at the unique ways in which Joseph Conrad (not a native speaker of English) found ways to articulate. Based upon info I found in your bio, I’m assuming that English is not your first language, either. I would never have known (or guessed) that to be the case. You use the words as music, and it’s wonderful to read writing that’s connected in ways that beg for further discussion. I have an idea that I’m going to work on and before I’m completely finished, I’ll send you the results. Meanwhile, I can’t sign off without doing two more things . . . 1. Thank you both again for the positive feedback and encouragement. I gain strength from your listening. 2. Generally speaking, I am not one of those people who would say that they feel those kinds of intangible spiritual connections that come dangerously close to basic stupid belief without tangible evidence. I do have to say, though, based upon reading what you’ve shared with me so far, we seem to be mulling over some similar concepts and observations. Some of these similarities are uncanny. Jim Babwe
I have a very important mid-week post about our friend Bill Higginson.
Jane, Your complete Basho is such a feast! Wonderful translations, introductions, notes, appendices, art... I will be carrying it around with me forever. It is such an accomplishment – decades in the making, I should think. I don't know what reviews you've lined up, but I would certainly be glad to do something for the Asia Network's newsletter/journal and/or I could ask Teaching About Asia. Best regards, John Martone
Dear Jane, I respond to your kind offer of an email address on the AHA website. I am seeking opinion and guidance and hope that you can (and will) take a moment to respond: I write traditional (5-7-5) Japanese Haiku...and have for some time, as a journaling exercise. Of late, I am interested in offering some of my work for publication; however, most everything I see in print is American (3-5-3 or less) Haiku. I prefer the traditional style for so many reasons that I need two bottles of wine and a pound of cheese to explain. My concern (perhaps bashfulness...fear) is that if submitted, an editor would say (remark with disdain): amateur! pretender! or worse! I guess that I am asking you if there is a place (other than my journal) for traditional haiku. Can we find a skilled balance between the flow of words, the required brevity, and the punctuated imagery; or will I fail on form alone. I offer examples of my work below to help you formulate your answer.. (I don't trust the formatting on this email composer...so I hope they arrive 5-7-5.) I trust that I do not intrude...or perhaps answer the question by simply asking the question. I'd be pleased to hear your thoughts, no matter how brief or direct, with Kind regards, MK
Dear Friends, my haiku book Brother Buddha, just won the 'Naji Naaman's prize', in Libanon. I like to thank all my haiku friends for their warm support . Kind regards, Geert Verbeke
This is my CD release email - TRAFFIC IN GOLD... This album is the sonic equivalent of filigree, with Anna's voice the silver solder that holds the curled, twisted and plaited gold of her songs. - poet David Howard I wanted to let you know about the new album and maybe you could pass the info to anyone you think might be interested in yet another collection of esoterica from moi. Took a while to sort out the distribution and the myspace page is operational too now and you can purchase the CD on line at www.marbecks.co.nz or www.sdlmusic.co.nz Ode Records has decided to make all THREE of my cds available - Someone mainstream is actually INTerested in my stuff! And I'm not even dead yet.www.myspace.com/annarugis has some tracks you can listen to as well and which will perhaps encourage the bold move of an on-line purchase. Love anna rugis
Dear All, I am deeply thankful to all the contributors, editors, members of advisory board and patrons for contributing to Creativesaplings. Please Visit www.creativesaplings.com to check out the latest issue of the e-zine. I hope you will like it. Please do post your comments in the 'comments coffer' and encourage us. Dr Shaleen Kumar Singh, Chief Editor Creativesaplings, Budaun, INDIA
Aloha, Dear Readers, We are happy to announce that many new poems have been recorded and are now available for listening and viewing. See the Hacketthaiku.com "New Material" icon to locate the the list of poems. Cordially, James & Patricia Hackett
"Theophil Magus in Baton Rouge, to the best of my knowledge, is the first novel made up of haiku. In many respects it is reminiscent of the most amazing Central European stylistic virtuosi, and I am sure readers will be delighted to enter this universe of shining plasticity."
A Haiku Novel That You Won't Forget... Ever
THEOPHIL MAGUS IN BATON ROUGE - a haiku novel
Theophil Magus in Baton Rouge is a haiku novel featuring 101 haiku that readers will find easy to read yet challenging to understand fully. These writings reflect the life of the iconoclast East-European writer Leonard Oprea in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the thoughts he had and the emotions he felt back then. The book deals with many themes such as religion, art, culture, the laid-back atmosphere of Baton Rouge and notably it pictures a world that cannot be described in any other way. Through the author's views, readers will come to realize on how things are described in a tragic-comically absurd fashion and how imaginative people can really be when dealing with reality. Outstandingly, striking pictures of art and people have been included to complement this volume's rich writings.
Thanks again Jane and yes we do support online publishing. Although, that PDF is just of moonset's between-issues free e-supplement. The printed newspaper itself comes out again in October and then in April 2009. Here you can see a picture of our front page, http://moonsetnewspaper.blogspot.com love ya, an'ya
The results of The Haiku Calendar Competition 2008 have been announced and are available at http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/haiku_competition_results.htm#calendar_comp. Congratulations to all the poets whose wonderful haiku will feature in The Haiku Calendar 2009, which is previewed at http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/the_haiku_calendar/2009.htm. Congratulations also to Matt Morden and Roberta Beary, whose collections Stumbles in Clover and The Unworn Necklace feature in the Haiku Society of America’s Kanterman Merit Book Awards for 2008, with an ‘Honorable Mention’ and ‘Third Place’ respectively. Various recent reviews of Snapshot Press titles are also available on the internet. These include: Snow About To Fall in the Summer 2008 issue of Modern English Tanka:
A note from Amazon.com: We've noticed that you are one of the customers who have purchased or rated My Own Rhythm; An Approach to Haiku. by Ann Atwood. For this reason, you might like to know that Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your...Brains will be released on July 14, 2008. You can pre-order yours by following the link below. Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your...Brains by Ryan Mecum. $9.99.
Simply Haiku: Autumn Issue "The Showcase for Japanese Short Form poetry"
From: Ray Rasmussen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Friends, Our "Wind Bell" issue, vol. 9-1 (spring summer 2008) is now on-line and we have a wonderful variety of haiga, traditional, experimental and contemporary for you, plus some exciting
Dear Poets, I'd like to invite you to peruse the Tanka Society of America's Web Pages. http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.com/ Our website is updated on a regular basis to make available a number of past articles and interviews published by TSA. You will find a series of 'favorite tanka' with commentary by poets such as Amelia Fielden, Sanford Goldstein, H.F. Noyes, Michael Dylan Welch, and many more. You can also read award winning tanka from 2000 to 2007 with commentary that includes personal response and recognition of poetic technique by a variety of judges. Jeanne Emrich also has an interesting article titled "Elements of Tanka Narrative.” We have recently updated our site to include part 3 of "An Interview with Sanford Goldstein.” Parts one and two are also available. I invite you to consider becoming a member of TSA in order to receive our quarterly journal, Ribbons so that you can read current articles, essays and contemporary tanka. Sincerely, Carole MacRury, TSA Secretary
Dear Friends, Readers, and Heron's Nest contributors, The September issue of The Heron's Nest is now available for your reading pleasure at <http://www.theheronsnest.com/>. As always, earlier issues are accessible as well; from the home page simply click on "Volume Contents" to read any of the thousands of haiku that have graced our pages over the past nine years. Christopher Herold
Hello Sketchbook reader, The August 31, 2008 Sketchbook is now on line.
Dave Russo is our Haiku - Three Questions guest this week. Click on one of the links below to see Dave's response. http://tobaccoroadpoet.blogspot.com/
Hi, Jane! Here is a link to the article as it appears on the book blog. Feel free to share it with others.
Izašao Je Novi Broj Haiku Stvarnosti The New Issue Of Haiku Reality Is Out http://www.geocities.com/ana_vazic/indexeng.htm Saša Važić, editor (urednik)
Ludbreg 2009 International Haiku Contest, HAIKU CALENDAR LUDBREG 2009, Deadline
September 17, 2008. Regulations: The contest is open to the public. Entries (up to 3 haiku in english) must be original, unpublished and not currently submitted elsewhere. Send only one copy and print your name, age, occupation and address. No entries will be returned, so keep a copy. No entry fee this year!
Submit entries to: Snail mail:Zdenko Oreč, Petra Zrinskoga 49, 42230 Ludbreg, Croatia, E-mail:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Notification: Winners will be announced till the end of December 2008. All others wanting the results please send self addressed envelope (SAE) + two international reply coupons (IRC) Rights: Participation implies permission to print in Haiku Calendar Ludbreg 2009 after which rights revert to author. Awards: First Prize: $ 100, Second Prize: $ 50. Third Prize: $ 20. Honorable Mention Awards (10): Haiku Calendar 2009 (free copy). Judges: Zdravko Kurnik, Duško Matas, Boris Nazansky, Zdenko Oreč and Mirko Varga, English sub-editing: Elizabeth Harrisson. Host organization, International Haiku Contest Executive Committee, Haiku Calendar Ludbreg 2009
Next Lynx is scheduled for February, 2009 .