Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday updates - December 19


Re: Call for Submissions for the Next Issue

Dear Kuyu,

The next issue of World Haiku Review (WHR) is planned for January 2011.

As for haiku poems in English or in English translation, send in by e-mail anything you like, traditional or non-traditional on any topic, free or formal style, kigo or muki, up to ten poems which have not been published or are not considered for publication elsewhere to: AND Suggested themes: existence, war and winter scene

The only criterion for selection is quality. Please therefore send in your finest works as soon as you can. There is no set deadline but when enough number of good works are received we will announce that and the submission will be closed soon after that. We at this end will put selected haiku poems in either the Neo-classical, Shintai (or new style) or Vanguard sections according to their characteristics. You, as the writer, need not worry abouth this classification. Just send what happens to come out best.

As for other works relating to haiku (haibun, articles, essays, haiga or bookreviews on haiku etc.), just send in whatever you think would deserve publication in WHR. Once again, quality is the key.

I will mention some indications about our selection below for those who may be interested to know them.

We wish to continue to endeavour to present a unique haiku magazine which, while deeply rooted in tradition, is full of new ideas, innovative features or critical views. It will continue to aim at the highest standards and top quality as always.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Kengin to all,

Susumu Takiguchi
Managing Editor and Acting Editor-in-Chief, World Haiku Review
Chairman, The World Haiku Club

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1 Hackneyed, clichés, imitative or derivative;
2 'So what?' haiku;
3 Too short to be good;
4 Made artificially vague (false 'yugen');
5 Gimmicky as opposed to real skills;
6 Bad English;
7 Template-like, or ticking-box-kind factory haiku;


1 New and/or original;
2 Have something to say;
3 Reflecting truths, sincerity and honesty;
4 Coming from your heart and soul;
5 Based on your real and deep experiences;
6 If products of your imagination, true, fine and deep at that;
7 Away from rules & regulations and yet good;
8 Good choice and order of words;
9 Have good rhythm;
10 Pictorial and/or musical feel;
11 Have some sense of humour;
12 Reflecting the grasp of the essence of haiku (a sense of brevity, humour, somewhat detached view or karumi)



Basically, many things about haiku would apply to them as well. Additionally:


1 Repeating what others have said many times;
2 Trapped by and subservient to rules and regulations;
3 Uncritical parroting of received views or conventional wisdom;


1 Critical (the more so, the better);
2 Innovative;
3 New contributions to the understanding of haiku;

Ellen Olinger has started a second blog. She writes:

I began a second blog last summer, where I'm posting a few new short holiday/winter poems.  And some new photos by Karl this week on the first blog.

Merry Christmas, Ellen

Ellen Olinger

Poems from Oostburg, Wisconsin

Poems Inspired by the Psalms and Nature

Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic
sent this:

Dear Curtis,

Here is a gift for your visitors, Stjepan Rozic's haiku collection Song of a Nightingale.

Wishing you Happy Holidays,
Djurdja and Stjepan

Click on the link below to view the results of the

Journal of Renga & Renku update:

We’re happy to say that, despite Norman having been snowed in and virtually incommunicado for some weeks now, we’re still on track with Issue 1 being available for purchase if not at year’s end, then early in 2011. Purchase and pricing details will be available on our website by then too.

We’ll be finalizing page design and the proofreading stages of the manuscript when Norman’s internet connection has been restored and after that, contributors/sabaki can expect to receive a pdf of their section of the content for a last look-over.

The journal will run to some 150 large-size pages of renku articles and poetry and the list of contributors is roughly that number too. The listing is available for view on the DR website here:

We’re also offering all contributors a few lines of page space to introduce themselves to JRR readers if they’d like to. Our invitation is copied below should you not have received yours yet – we’d love to hear from (and about) you.



Dear contributor, please help us create a vibrant and interesting bio page for JRR. In 50 – 100 words, tell us who you are, where you live and what attracts you to renga/renku. Bios should preferably not be in the first person and please, not be a list of prior publications – too much fiddly formatting. We’ll load them as they arrive, into the outline on our website here:

so you will be able to check back after a few days to proof read your entry. Please reply within 7 days to (rengarenku @ and sabaki, please pass this on to the renju in your poem so we can get their information too.

Moira Richards
Norman Darlington
Journal of Renga & Renku

1 comment:

Roberta Beary said...

it looks like your Kusamakura results are incomplete; the second prize selections of Morikawa-sensei are missing...