October, 2010

A Journal for Linking Poets  



. . . Hadn't realized that even though vertical and not horizontal, LYNX's on-line layout is more like the unscrolling of a japanese scroll then its previous hard copy incarnation -- belatedly, KUDOS --James aka richard witherspoon


It is with great regret that I have to inform you that Professor Vladimir Devide passed away yesterday. Please send a haiku in memory of Vladimir Devide, who passed away on Sunday, August 22, in Zagreb. Your haiku will be published in the haiku  magazine IRIS being ready for printing. The deadline is September 15. email:   Sasa Vazic



Sukrita Paul Kumar grew up in Kenya and now lives in Delhi. A recipient of many prestigious fellowships and residencies, she was also an invited Fellow and poet at the International Writing Programme, Iowa, USA. A former Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Sukrita has lectured at many universities in India and abroad. She has published five collections of poems in English:Rowing Together, Without Margins, Oscillations, Apurna, and Folds of Silence.  A number of Sukrita’s poems have emerged from her experience of working with homeless people. Sukrita’s major critical works include Narrating Partition, Conversations on Modernism, The New Story and Man, Woman and Androgyny. She is the chief editor of the book on Cultural Diversity in India prescribed by the University of Delhi. A solo exhibition of her paintings was also held at AIFACS, Delhi.


Chen-ou Liu is a contributing writer for Rust+Moth and Haijinx Quarterly. He lives in a suburb of Toronto, where he has been struggling with a life in transition and translation. His poetry has been published worldwide and honored with awards, including the Saigyo Awards for Tanka 2009 (honorable mention) and the 2009 San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Rengay Competition (tanka third place).Read more of his poetry at his website, Poetry in the Moment,


Dr. Randy Brooks is Dean of Arts & Sciences at Millikin University where he teaches courses on publishing, haiku traditions, and tanka writing. He is editor of Mayfly magazine and publisher of Brooks Books. He was introduced to modern tanka in 1976 by Dr. Sanford Goldstein and has been writing haiku and tanka ever since. He is the web editor for Modern Haiku magazine and web-editor for Frogpond, journal of the Haiku Society of America.

Dr. Carmella Braniger., a native of Ohio, is a graduate of Muskingum College, Johns Hopkins University, and Oklahoma State University. An Associate Professor of English, she teaches creative writing at Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois. Her poems have appeared in Sycamore Review, Poems and Plays, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, The Dirty Napkin, and Modern English Tanka.  Her chapbook, No One May Follow, was published by Pudding House Publications in 2009.  She enjoys gardening, walking, and cooking meals with her husband and daughter.

Jackson Lewis,,  is a sophomore at Millikin University, majoring in writing with a minor in theater. He began writing tanka in the Tanka Writing Roundtable in the fall 2009, and has found it impossible to stop writing tanka in his pocket journal. He enjoys the social collaboration of creating a tanka sequence such as this round-robin sequence,  “Where We Come From: A Tanka Quartet.”

Joseph Bein,, is a junior at Millikin University with a double major in theater and writing. He learned the art of writing tanka in the Tanka Writing Roundtable in the Fall 2009 semester, co-taught by Dr. Braniger and Dr. Brooks. He enjoys the challenge of crafting formal verse and seeks to find the music in free-verse tanka poetry.

Virtual Chapbooks (2010) by Richard Kostelanetz
Most of my writing for media other than printed pages has been done in collaboration with others. What I did with video, audio, film, and holography has also happened this past decade over the Internet, sometimes beyond my expectations, thanks to web publishers. These are sites with texts of mine that can be read only through the Internet, on your own computer.
  In sum, they constitute a collection, virtual chapbooks, that is still in progress.
1001 STORIES (a selection in Swedish and English):




From the old Maascone one dug
this lake in centuries - wide sand.
Once the exhausted Spanish army
reposted here, on their way to the town,  
hooked homesickness on the clouds.

Gilze - Rijen, Lake 'De Warande', about 15 km from Breda, Netherlands.

stone place

During the 80 - Year's War against Spain, the Italian marquis Ambrogio Spinola commanded (since 1605) the Spanish army in the Netherlands.

He was on his way from Belgium to reconquer the military town of Breda, by a strategical siege. (1624) His enemy was Prince Maurits of Orange.

Spinola found a reposing- and collectionspot at the borders of a former branche of the river Maas. (La Meuse, coming from France)

The river disappeared. In the 19th century the white sand was dug away (for roads and building nearby) and caused a deep, wide lake, loved by hikers and their dogs. Nature is saved here by the village Gilze - Rijen and the national 'Staatsbosbeheer' (company for protection of wood and landscape)They built a cellar for bats, a wall for the nests of borderswallows, a path around the lake and a small carparking.

On the small peninsula, loved by waterbirds, the municipal office of Gilze constructed a path to the three white granite stones, transported from the Ardennen in Belgium.They appear as if they are once left behind and polished by the river.

The poem is meant to stop passers by and let them muse for a moment on this historical and rural spot. Also to conclude how absurd wars are in every time.

The artist Pien Storm van Leeuwen found the place and cut the text into the stone.
Silva Ley wrote the poem and Jan Willem Storm van Leeuwen made the photo's.  




Have you ever written a tanka that is on the theme of science or technology or fantasy or science fiction or horror? If so, did you publish it last year?
Dwarf Stars is the Science Fiction Poetry Association's yearly edited anthology of short-short poetry. We are trying to find the best speculative short poetry of 10 lines or less published in 2009. Tanka is very welcome.
We define “speculative” as “science fiction, fantasy, horror, mythic or any combination or variation of the above.” The deadline for nominations for 2009 poems is August 31, 2010.
This is what you can do to help.
1. Send us your 2009 short poems of 10 lines or less.
2. Send us recommendations of 2009 short poems of 10 lines or less that you've read and think are deserving along with publication information and the e-mail addresses of the poets, if you have them.
3. There is no limit to the number of poems you can send.
4. You do not need to be a member to send poems/recommendations.
Send these poems to us at You do not need to be a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association to send poems/recommendations. Please include the words "Dwarf Stars Submission" in the title of the e-mail.
We are trying to gather the largest pool of quality 2009 published 10-lines-or-less poems possible so we can select poems that stand out above the rest and are reflective of 2009 in very short poetry.

Thanks in advance for your help.Deborah P Kolodji, president, Science Fiction Poetry Association


The Ghazal Page will appear quarterly, starting in September, rather than monthly. The issues will follow this schedule:
     * September 21 -autumn equinox issue
     * December 21 - winter solstice issue
     * March 21 - spring equinox issue
     * June 21 - summer solstice issue

The seasons are specific to the northern hemisphere and temperate latitudes. Submissions from other hemispheres and latitudes more than welcome! Special issues based on challenges and other themes will continue. Along with the change in schedule, there will be two or three other changes coming. The book challenge has closed, although entries by 7 August will be considered. I'm beginning work on the book challenge issue and hope to publish it by the end of August.

Subject: Call for Content - Journal of Renga & Renku
We're ready to begin accepting offers of content for the first issue of Journal of Renga & Renku. While some details remain to be ironed out, the journal will be:
1. published near the end of 2010
2. available in hardcopy only
3. available for purchase online using Paypal
We're looking for a variety of content along the lines of:
1. Academic/polemic articles on any aspects of the genre
2. Translations of old renga and renku
3. News of renku groups and happenings
4. Book articles/reviews
5. and of course, a showcase of current examples of the genre:
a) in English
b) in any other language, accompanied by an English translation
c) previously published or not (just let us have details of prior publication so we can acknowledge properly)
d) simultaneous offers are fine too, again provided you advise us of prior publication for purposes of acknowledgement
e) in any of the standard forms: kasen, triparshva, nijûin, jûnichô, shisan, rokku, hyakuin, yotsumono, etc.

f) in any explorations of the above forms in terms of experimentation with one-line, zip, 5/7/5 or other fixed counts and even rhyme
g) solo and group work
h) with (preferably) or without notes/reflections on the poem/process from sabaki or renju or both
6. We are also considering holding a contest, but have not finalised our thinking on that. Please send us any ideas you may have and/or indication as to whether you'd be interested in entering and/or reading the results
7. We're open to discussing content ideas we've not covered above so please write
8. All communications will be acknowledged within one week
9. We are regretfully unable to pay contributors for content at this stage
Please send all contributions and other communications to (RengaRenku AT gmail DOT com)We look forward to hearing from you.Norman Darlington & Moira Richards

Roadrunner X:2 is now online:
featuring:-The Scorpion Prize #20 by Rae Armantrout –ku, -The Way of One by Jim Kacian, -A Brief Interview with Alain Kervern by Paul Pfleuger, Jr.
The submission deadline for X:3 is September 30, 2010.

Keibooks is pleased to announce the publication of Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Contemporary Tanka, issue 6 (Summer, 2010). Atlas Poetica, edited by M. Kei, is published in print and digital formats, both available through an online point of sale < or through < ATPO has expanded to contain 84 pages of poetic content in a large, 8.5 x 11 inch format to accommodate individual tanka, tanka prose, tanka sequences, book reviews, articles, and international resources. Print ISSN is 1939-6465 and the digital ISSN is 1945-8908.  ATPO is the only tanka journal devoted exclusively to tanka poetry of place. It brings multiple language offerings from poets around the world together in each issue. It is also the only tanka journal that devotes itself to tanka literature in all its forms, including individual tanka, tanka sequences, tanka prose, shaped tanka, book reviews, articles, and international resources. ATPO seeks to publish all forms of tanka tradition and innovation from well-known and emerging poets and authors around the world. For full submission information, please visit the new website at: ATPO is planning a special issue, ATPO 7, to be dedicated to tanka in translation from around the world, as well as under-represented tanka communities. Already submissions in Lugana, Hebrew, Japanese, German, Romanian, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, and other languages have been received, and many more are expected and hoped for. In addition, articles covering different tanka traditions, book reviews, announcements, and resources are wanted. Book notes and announcements can be in any language, do not require translation into English, and can be up to 200 words long.Volunteer translators who would like to assist with the effort to update the submission blurbs and information in languages other than English should contact Editor (at) AtlasPoetica (dot) org with a subject of “Translation”. Individuals and organizations who would like to be listed or to update their listing with ATPO should do contact the same address. 

The new Sketchbook is now available on-line. The issue contains poems, art and features of sixty-one writers from thirteen countries. The Editors extend a warm welcome to all readers!  
This issue contains a diversity of poetry forms:  Eastern Genre: Gogyokha, Haibun, Haiga, Haiku, Renhai, Sijo, Tanka; Western Genre: Free Verse, Cinquain, Double Dactyl, Experimental Forms: A Tab, Fusion Sonnets, Quatrain, Lanterne, Tetractys, and Ekphrastic Poetry. 
Featured Poems: The Poets Celebrate Independence Days Around The World; A Retrospective of Karen Anderson’s Poems; Video Reading by Jan Oskar Hansen.  
Art Features: Üzeyir Lokman ÇAYCI, FR; Norman J. Olson; Iolanda Scripca, and Sandy Vroom.Doug Holder joins Sketchbook in this issue as a Contributing Editor. Karina Klesko and John Daleiden


Hi All, due to pressures here to make money in a bad time, I'm postponing the first issue of JUXTA. We'll take it in stages. I hope to be back in the saddle in about six months. Everything else remains the same. The very popular Positions feature on the HF website feed will continue, so if you'd like to contribute to that, let me know. Next up is Jane Reichhold's piece; in the pipeline, three more excellent ones: thank you Ray Oliver, Ian Marshall, and Matt Cariello.-Tom D’EvelynSenior Editor, Juxtapositions: The Journal Of Haiku Poetics & Culture


The new issue of CHO, edited by Ken Jones, Jim Kacian and Bruce Ross is online: Editor Bruce Ross' selection: Our editors select a favorite and comment on it.


An end to the rumors. Simply Haiku didn’t shut down.  Only I and Saša Važić, co-owners of the Journal have the authority to do that, and why would we put an end to a journal that has become a beacon light illumination to the English speaking Japanese short form poetry world?After a half year hiatus, Simply Haiku is online and ready to rock the world like never before, with an exciting issue, featuring newly discovered pearls and wise old masters of Japanese short form poetry’s golden heritage! The International Journal of English Language Japanese Short Form Poetry, Today, the staff of Simply Haiku presents the fruit of hard work, sweat, a true team spirit, and sheer determination, to give back to you the gift some thought they could silence. 


Mariko Kitakubo and Linda Galloway will give a bilingual Japanese-English benefit performance of the their tanka in the Henry Cowell Redwoods, a California State Park, October 23 at 2 pm in the San Francisco and Santa Cruz  area.  Proceeds will be contributed to help save this financially distressed state park.  The poets will be accompanied by an original sound track composed for their poetry by Tokyo-based Teppei Satoh on his handcrafted cast iron instruments.  Japanese translations by Mariko Kitakubo.  English translations by Amelia Fielden or with the assistance of Linda Galloway.


You're invited to an
Evening Champagne Tea Service & Poetry Performance
with Mariko Kitakubo & Linda Galloway, Ph.D.
Thursday, July 22 & Thursday, July 29
5 PM-6 PM ● Self-guided JANM Gallery Tour
6 PM -7 PM ● Evening Champagne Tea Service
7 PM -8 PM ● Poetry Performance
Chado Tea Room
at the Japanese American National Museum
369 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
$20 Museum members; $ 25 non-members; $ 15 students
In this rare bilingual Japanese-English appearance, leading tanka poet and Tokyo-based performance
artist Mariko Kitakubo will present tanka— Japan's oldest and most popular poetry form—accompanied
by music on original instruments.  L.A. awarding-winning tanka poet, Linda Galloway, Ph.D. will read the
stunning translation of Ms. Kitakubo's work by Amelia Fielden. Book signing to follow.
Advance reservations required.
For information and to order tickets contact Chado Tea Room at 213.321.1748 or at
Ms Kitakubo's beautiful bilingual book edition of On this Same Star and her CD, Messages
accompanied by an original score on rare Japanese instruments (with print translation)
will be available for purchase at the Museum Store.
This program is presented in partnership with Chado Tea Room and the Japanese American National Museum
with special thanks to Mariko Kitakubo and Linda Galloway. 

Proceeds from the ticket and book sales to benefit the National Museum’s educational programming and outreach.
For information about the National Museum and the Museum Store, contact 213.625.0414, or visit





James aka richard witherspoon

Sasa Vazic



Sukrita PaulKumar

Chen-ou Liu

Dr. Randy Brooks

Dr. Carmella Braniger

Jackson Lewis

Joseph Bein

Richard Kostelanetz

Silva Ley's Poem Stone


Deborah P Kolodji, president, Science Fiction Poetry Association



The Ghazal Page

Journal of Renga & Renku


Atlas Poetica




Simply Haiku


Mariko Kitakubo and Linda Galloway


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