October, 2012

A Journal for Linking Poets  



. . .Kato Ikuya’s funeral was solemnly conducted on the 23rd May. As I said, I made my memorial address as a representative of his friends and literary acquaintances. I deeply appreciate your kindness in sending me your condolences on his death.I conveyed your condolences to his wife, sending a copy of your book review of 100 Selected Haiku of Kato Ikuya. Sincerely yours,  Ito Isao

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. . .Thanks, always, for your Lynx. Among so much in this one, I especially love Giselle Maya’s work -- her trips to Japan, her untitled sequence, her feast. And the Yuasa poems are wonderful, too. Quite a different way than in his Basho translation, the only other work of his I know. Does he have other books -- pf his own poems -- I wonder? With gratitude, john martone

. . .so good to hear from you both as well. thank-you so much for accepting my poetry. no, the three tanka are quite individual so can  be published however or wherever you feel is best. besides picking vegetables and canning i am working as often as i can on my poetry. i  don't send out my work to a great many markets (like i did in those  good old days!!) i really don't feel the need to prove anything  anymore except to myself. i write because that is what i have done since i was 8 years old to express myself and, with haiku, to write about that special moment of a greater realization that sometimes i  am lucky enough to capture. the two of you are a lot like our next door neighbours:  you manage to do wonderful things by flying just a little under the  wire. you do not boast because you do not need to. your kind works precede you both. i sure wish my jars of pesto and jam could make it  across that invisible (and not so invisible) border. today is already very warm so our two big fans are blowing   away the heat. dick and i moved three perennials because my ‘official’ perennial bed is getting crowded. it is a shock to them this year but they will do better when spring comes next year. i am  having a late lunch so i will say good-bye for now. we will be chatting again. fondly, Jeanne Jorgenson

. . Albeit late permit me to communicate my grateful thanks for “Cat in Its Idleness” which you kindly included in Lynx XXVII;1 of February, 2012. I’m reading Lynx XXVII:2 at present, but I take my time to that I might take note of what to reread later. If I may enclose the presentation pack of the postage stamps issued for the Olympics currently taking place in London.  Wish my sincere thanks and best regards, Francis Attard.

(Francis is the only person I know who is comfortable using the Roman numerals for issue numbers! His habit of sending stamps goes back to the early 90s when he kept several of my grandchildren supplied with his very special stamps for their collections. – jr)

. . .write you a line to say that my haiku book My Loved Japan  is on Amazon . You can find it at : Please, click on one of the three covers of  the book .All my  income, as author, from the sale of book , I donate to The Japanese Red Cross Society . Please, tell your poets /friends .  Many thanks! Clelia Ifrim

Liebe Freunde und Haiku-Freunde, "Haiku hier und heute", herausgegeben von Rainer Stolz und Udo Wenzel wurde am 24.7.2012 im Deutschlandradio Kultur besprochen. Der geschriebene Text entspricht nicht dem Radiobeitrag, der sich beim Klick auf die Überschrift öffnet: <

. . .Just to let you know I am back home, in the land of the living, yawning non-stop and sleeping any and everywhere. Waiting for more biopsy results, and having daily scans, tests et al. on a daily basis. I have had a fair number of ops. and 'procedures' over the last three years. This one I definitely do not recommend. It is excruciatingly PAINFUL! But, after some time at home, the pain begins to thin (so they tell me). DON'T trust those doctors doing their statutory 6 months in a hospital. They will kill you without a second glance at their information books. Mine, aged 6 or 7 at the most, dehydrated me and then complained after 6 failed attempts to steal more of my blood. She then decided on a dose of a drug I know something about, so high it would cause serious problems, if not death! Fortunately an experienced Sister mildly suggested she refer to her 'superior'. Anyway, lovely to be sitting here able to moan away in the usual old manner. THANK YOU! Coming from you gives me a HUGE boost. Collections 1 - 7, have been a long time coming (9years!), but the intentional Series (see p7 of Intro) is now complete!. Any other will be 'self-contained'. Having had op after op over the last 3 years, I am becoming quite stoical about 'the next thing'. We shall see! Been told by Senior Consultant that I am clear of cancer (for the time being!), but that i must be re-tested in 3 months time and, all being well, every year for the next 5. Then, as he put it, "you can be released" From where I am sitting, I can't see it myself. Based on recent experience, 5 years is pretty optimistic.  I am working on another Collection (based on removing less relevant ones in ABOUT TIME, and because Collection 7 was getting unwieldy), but it will not form part of this series. love to all!  stanley pelter



The Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition 2012 has been announced! It offers prizes of Euro 150, 50 and 30 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English. In addition there will be up to 7 Highly Commended haiku/senryu. Deadline: 30th November 2012.
Details here:
Good luck to all the future participants! The Board of the Irish Haiku Society



Go here to see the winners
of the the Shiki Monthly Kukai!




Ito Isao

john martone

Jeanne Jorgenson

Francis Attard

stanley pelter

The Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition 2012


Shiki Monthly Kukai!



Ardea 2 is now online at:

Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms by John Daleiden, & Karina Klesko

 haiku-art  haiga  by Christine L. Villa  with haiku by Gabriele Reinhard Ramona Like

The new issue of Shamrock


Chiaroscuro—by Janick Belleau in a special edition of Atlas Poetica.

The Ghazal Page for 2012 is now online. Here's the direct URL:

The National Gallery of Art, exhibit of Ito Jakuchu’s scroll paintings in Aril,2012 along with haiku written by visitors.

Poetry Wall on your website. . William Lam


CHO 8:2 July 2012:

A Hundred Gourds June 2012:

Haibun Today June 2012:

Poetry Society of New Zealand carries favorite haiku
and at:






August 14-18, 2013on board the Queen Mary
Long Beach, California, USA


The new issue of Shamrock (No 22) is now available online at It has a big selection of English-language and translated haiku, as well as two haibun and three reviews of the haiku books by Helen Buckingham, Clare McCotter and Svetlana Marisova & Ted van Zutphen.
Many thanks to the contributors. We hope our readers will enjoy it.


Chiaroscuro—25 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Tanka edited by and with an Introduction by Janick Belleau is available in a special edition of Atlas Poetica.

Issue Three of The Ghazal Page for 2012 is now online. Here's the direct URL:
Beginning on Monday, 13 August 2012, The Ghazal Page will stop  accepting submissions. Ghazals currently accepted, and the results of  the ekphrastice challenge, will appear by the end of the year. (Much sooner, one hopes!) The  Ghazal Page will remain online for sometime, so your bookmarks should  still work.  I am grateful for the many good ghazals I've been able to publish and  for the many supportive comments. However, I am burnt out on the project; it would not be fair to me or the poets to continue. My wishes for the best success to each and all of you. Gene Doty

The National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC held an exhibit of
Ito Jakuchu’s scroll paintings in April, 2012. In conjunction with this they held, online, a call for haiku from viewers and posted them with the pictures. You can scroll through the paintings and see the ‘haiku’ (an excellent idea of how most people think about what a haiku is) written about each.

I found your website on the Internet and was wondering if you would be interested in featuring our Poetry Wall on your website.  We have poets from all over the world contributing to making it a great destination for wonderful poems. . William Lam

CHO 8:2 July 2012:

A Hundred Gourds June 2012:

Haibun Today June 2012:

Sandra Simpson of the Poetry Society of New Zealand invited Werner and I to pick 10 of our favorite haiku and explain why we admired them. You can read the results at: and at:



Haiku Poets of Northern California

Annual Two Autumns Haiku Reading

 the longest-running haiku reading series outside of Japan
 featuring some of the best haiku poets writing in English today.

September 23, 2012, from 1:00 to 5:00 pmFort Mason (room C-260) in San Francisco                                                                                                         Bruce H. Feingold, Michael McClintock, Naia and
Renée Owen (with musician Brian Foster)

                ~~Commemorative Chapbook of the Poets' Haiku Available for Purchase~~
(edited by Susan Diridoni)  

Bruce H. Feingold lives in Berkeley, California, with  his wife, Mady, and has two young adult children who live in New York City. He  has been a practicing clinical psychologist for thirty years and  is the author of two collections of haiku published by Red Moon Press, A New Moon (2004) and Sunrise on the Lodge (2010).  A member of the Haiku Society of American and Haiku Poets of Northern California, he publishes regularly in Modern HaikuFrogpondbottle rockets and Mariposa.  Some of his awards include First Place  Season Word,  in the Hawaii Education Association Contest, 2nd Place Hawaii Education Association Contest Season Word, honorable mention in the Haiku Poet of Northern California Senryu contest, Third Prize, 16th International "Kusamakura" Haiku Competition, and  Commendation in the Haiku Foundation HaikuNow! contest.  His haiku have appeared in the Red Moon Anthology of English- Language Haiku in 2005 and 2010. He views  haiku as a psychological and spiritual healing practice and has written, "With its emphasis on nature and being, haiku is a wonderful way to express the rhythms of awakening from the confines of the ego and perceiving the 'infinite." His haiku  reflect his connection with  family, his sensibility as a  psychotherapist, a life long passion as a naturalist, and practitioner of yoga and meditation.
Michael McClintock has been a poet, editor, essayist and critic in English language haiku, tanka and related literature for over forty years. He was assistant editor of Haiku Highlights in the 1960s and associate editor of Modern Haiku with founder Kay Titus Mormino in the early 1970s. His collections include haiku and senryu in Light Run (Shiloh, 1971) and tanka in Man With No Face (Shelters Press, 1974) and, most recently, Letters in Time (Hermitage West, 2005), Meals at Midnight (Modern English Tanka Press, 2008), and Sketches from the San Joaquin (Turtle Light Press, 2008). During the past decade he served as president of the Tanka Society of America (2004-2010) and tanka editor for Simply Haiku; he edited collaboratively The Tanka Anthology (Red Moon, 2003) with Pamela Miller Ness and Jim Kacian, and a series of anthologies published by Modern English Tanka Press (Baltimore, Maryland) including The Five-Hole Flute (2006), The Dreaming Room (2007), Landfall (2008) andStreetlights (2009), with Denis Garrison. Presently, he is tanka editor for Notes from the Gean(Scotland) and writes the "Tanka Cafe" column for Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal. Born and raised in Los Angeles, there he pursued a career as public library film and recordings curator, principal librarian, and administrator. He now resides in central California's San Joaquin Valley with his artist wife, Karen.
Naia lives in Temecula, California. Her haiku, tanka, haiga, watercolor art, haibun, and other poetry have been widely published in journals and anthologies since 1999, both print and online. Naia co-edited the Haiku Society of America's 2002 anthology titled bits of itself. She edited two anthologies for the Southern California Haiku Study Group: above the tree line (2008), and shell gathering (2009). Naia has been a member of the Southern California Haiku Study Group for 12 years and is a founding member of Haiku San Diego. She is a member of the Haiku Society of America and currently serves as HSA Regional Coordinator for the California Region. In addition, she maintains membership in the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, Haiku Poets of Northern California, and Haiku Canada. Naia was a member of the host/planning team for the first Haiku Pacific Rim Conference, held in Long Beach in 2002. Naia is co-chair along with Deborah P. Kolodji of the upcoming 2013 Haiku North America, which will be held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.
Renée Owen was born near Virginia's Blue Ridge mountains and raised on the west coast of Florida. Though her southern roots inform much of her longer poetry, for the past twenty-five years she has lived in Northern California. Her haiku, haibun, and rengay have been widely published in journals and anthologies, and she has served as judge for numerous contests. Selections of her work are featured in A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, Haiku 21, Where the Wind Turns and Contemporary Haibun, as well as The Haiku Foundation's Per Diem Daily Haiku and her own handsewn art book, Blossoms, among others. Renée's most recent awards include the 2012 Snapshot Press Book Awards, HPNC's 2012 Chime Award and the Haiku Society of America's 2011 Haibun Contest. A first collection, Alone on a Wild Coast, comprised of haiku, haiku sequences and haibun, is forthcoming from Snapshot Press in November 2012. Her mixed-media haiga collage and book art has been exhibited in juried shows and published in Haigaonline, Modern Haiku and Mariposa. An active member of the Haiku Poets of Northern California and the Wellspring Poets, she enjoys performing her poetry live to the accompaniment of her musician husband on shakuhachi flute, mandolin, guitar and harmonica. They can be found most weekends hiking in the hills or the wild coastal shoreline near their home, gathering haiku moments.

HAIKU PACIFIC RIM AT ASILOMAR, California  this September will featureUnfolding My Wings:  A Multi-media Performance on the Differences between Japanese and English Language Tanka by Linda Galloway.

This multi-mediation presentation about Japan's other short poem, the tanka, will include an original art installation, butoh dance, shakuhachi music, Japanese percussion instruments and a lecture. 

The lecture will explore the considerable differences between Japanese  modern (kindai) and contemporary (gendai) tanka and current English tanka.  Various schools of Japanese tanka and theoretical poetics will be described.   Many poetic aspects will be explored including  theme, topic, style, tone, diction and poetic voice.  In modern Japanese tanka the role of nature has significantly expanded in ways which are not often seen in English tanka.

Overall English language tanka are typically quite homogeneous compared to the wealth of variance found in current Japanese tanka.  English speaking poets may well be encouraged to expand their writing styles to include the many literary options of modern Japanese tanka.

Karl Young will accompany Linda Galloway with jazz improvisation and traditional music on the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute).  Don McLeod will accompany her with a world premier butoh dance, an avant guarde dance form arising out of the existential despair of Post War Japan.

Linda Galloway, PhD  (Encino CA), a former university professor and research scientist, is an internationally established and respected tanka poet.  She has been anthologized in numerous volumes, awarded international prizes, and has spoken at poetry conferences in Australia and Tokyo, Japan.  Karl Young, PhD (San Francisco CA) is a virtuoso shakuhachi player and by day a research physicist at the University of California medical school in San Francisco.  Don McLeod (Sherman Oaks CA) is an internationally acclaimed movement artist who studied mime under the inimitable Marcel Marceau in France, and later butoh in Japan.  Don owns his own dance company in Los Angeles and travels internationally to perform. 

The three will have books, CDs and DVDs available for purchase at the conference.


Jann Wirtz

On July 7th and 8th this year, a Renga Days event took place in North Devon England, in the Sculpture Gardens of Broomhill Art Hotel.
On the first day the hotel and grounds were closed to the public because of a wedding booking .so five of us sat in the rain happily composing  a Nijuin Renga called INDIGO, by the river
About 14 people took part in the second day’s renga.. which was a New Junicho. This was written in an Art Gallery where an Exhibition was taking place. People ranging in age from 70 to 9 took part in composing Red Stiletto. At the top of the drive, just outside the hotel there is a large sculpture of a Red Stiletto by the artist Greta Berlins, and it is the hotels ‘ trade mark.’
We hope you enjoy reading these two renga . For us, the two days were magical!


August 14-18, 2013
on board the Queen Mary
Long Beach, California, USA

SAVE THE DATES for Haiku North America 2013. On behalf of the HNA Foundation Board and the local organizing committee, HNA conference co-chairs Deborah P. Kolodji and Naia are pleased to announce that Haiku North America 2013 will be held on board the historic Queen Mary ocean liner, permanently docked in Long Beach, California.

The Queen Mary is steeped in history and old-word grandeur. Poets will walk the decks where such celebrities and dignitaries as Fred Astaire and Winston Churchill once walked, while enjoying Southern California's climate and the companionship of their fellow haiku poets. The Queen Mary has five restaurants on board, and there is easy tram access to downtown Long Beach. The local organizing committee has reserved a block of reasonably priced rooms on board, with both inside and outside state rooms available. As with past Haiku North America conferences, we are planning five days packed with haiku workshops, panels, presentations, and readings, as well as a haiku book fair and an art display. Come and meet editors, publishers, members of regional and national haiku organizations, and the people behind the names you readin haiku journals.

The local organizing committee is planning to issue a call for proposals. Although the details will be announced later, it is not too soon to start thinking about how you can share your haiku expertise, energy, and ideas with your haiku colleagues.

For more information as it becomes available:
    Follow updates on the HNA 2013 blog at where you can stay informed until the HNA Foundation website is updated at
    Follow us on Facebook by "liking" our page at
    Email the co-chairs: Deborah Pl. Kolodji ( or Naia (

Members of the Local Organizing Committee to date:
    Deborah P. Kolodji - Co-chair
    Naia - Co-chair
    Don Baird - Director of Facilities
    Greg Longenecker - Registrar

Coordinators to date:
    Billie Dee - Art Display Coordinator
    Linda Papanicolaou - Memorial Reading Coordinator





The journey to full moon,
        at the full moon's
          rising, the silver-plumed
          reeds tremble
                Masoaka Shiki (tr. unknown)

the timespan of high to low tide,
        their colorful umbrellas
         low tide
                Kobayashi Issa (tr. David G. Lanoue)

the lull from one wave to the next,
        The spring sea rising
          and falling, rising
          and falling all day
                Yosa Buson (tr. Robert Hass)

the pause between breaths.
        Orchid breathing
          incense into
          butterfly wings.
                Matsuo Basho (tr. Lucien Stryck)

INTERVALS - the spaces in-between, where humanityslows, observes, absorbs; there, where connection ismade through our senses, sensibilities, intuitive nature.



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