Also online is a new special feature by Ray Rasmussen: Special Feature 5—Modern English Language Haibun. Ray's article gives both background and insights on the haibun form, and shares some of his recent work (text and audio).
Lastly, we are happy to welcome to DailyHaiku our first Invited Poet: Frogpond editor and a founder of Haiku Canada, George Swede. Each cycle, we will invite a different poet to help kick off our new contributor team with a week of brand new haiku; we are honoured to have George as the first poet in this series.
We hope you enjoy the new cycle!
Wishing you a Zen-like spring,
Patrick M. Pilarski and Nicole Pakan—Editors, DailyHaiku
In other haiku news:
The KIGO SECTION requires haiku using the designated seasonal subject or keyword used with a seasonal reference. Our kigo for April is "April Fools" and must be present in all accepted haiku.
The FREE FORMAT SECTION requires a haiku on a particular object, theme, or setting that may occur at any time within a given year. This is a free format haiku, in that the writer can compose and include a season word or submit a poem with no seasonal reference.
Additional information is located on the Shiki Monthly Kukai web page.
Limit 3 Haiku poems per entry. This is a free format haiku contest. Seeking high quality haiku poetry pertaining to spring/summer. Please type "HAIKU Blossoms" in subject line to avoid deletion. Enter as often as you like by email or snail mail, 3 haiku per submission but you can make 1 total payment by paypal, US check or US money order.
More information is available on the contest announcement web page.
The April 2009 Kukai theme is "spring dream(s)". Use the exact words "spring dream(s)" in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be workshopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.
More information is located on the "spring dream(s)" April 2009 Kukai web site.