XXIV:2 June, 2009

A Journal for Linking Poets  


Thanks Jane, and thank Werner, too. All best luck with Lulu. With all your experience and expertise with computers and printing, I shouldn't think you'll have any trouble.  I'll be anxious to see Scarlet Scissors Fire when it's ready. By the way, a second edition of my book, Blue Night & the inadequacy of long-stemmed roses, has just come out from MET Press. I'll send you a copy when I get my copies. M. Kei did a review of the first edition in LYNX, as I recall. This one is the same, but has a better font size and cover, as well as the addition of a free verse sequence, The Temperature of Love. I could have done this book myself, but thought that more people go to magazine press sites than to private ones.  I hope I'm right. Cheers, Larry Kimmel

Yes! Scarlet Scissors Fire can be ordered: Jane

I'll be reading my work at the Art Bar, Clinton's in Toronto tomorrow night, February 3.
A last minute cancellation. Ed Baranosky  ed

PS It was an actual pace in Newport that burned down about a year ago...three or four floors stacked with strange marine-goods
from around the world dating back to the mid 1800's. Dusty, of course, in the harbour area long before it became posh; and with a long list of stuff from old and new lighthouses in plaster of every possible description, bushels of shells, model ships, shrunken heads, pinned insects, ostrich eggs; Bowie knives, jack-knives, Swiss-Army knives...Meersham pipes, and banks of glass cases filled with both expensive (pearls of several types) jewelry and inexpensive; and ivory bone and tooth, with and without carvings; scrimshaw of every description, some recent, some centuries old; and mounted trophies, skulls and skeletons...And an old-old cat bored by all the rich clutter, happy to greet the customers; and an old person surrounded by tools, actually etching the scrimshaw, besides the usual mix of staff, mostly generations of family.  There are many shops in the area still, most opened in the sixties and seventies. Few are this authentic, except perhaps the Army-Navy surplus store, which is heavily military and macho, and not.

Below is an introduction, form grid and tanka sequence called  "Bicycle for Two"  of a Pantoum/Tanka combination developed by Luce Pelletier.  She has named the combination "Rengoum". I am the second poet in the sequence submitted.   We are submitting the introduction and form grid with the sequence in order for the reader to further understand the Rengoum.  We hope our
submission will find a home in Lynx.

The Rengoum
By Luce Pelletier

A few months ago, I came across a Tankoum written by the French oulipo poet, Guy Deflaux (<
Being a pantoum and haiku writer myself, I found the poem of great interest.  In his
Tankoum, Deflaux stayed close to the pantoum line positions while keeping the syllable count of the tanka.  Because of this, he chose to repeat rhymes (like in a sestina) instead of entire lines.  This left me looking for a way of combining the two forms differently than Dufleaux, while  keeping  the 3-line/2-line stanza form of a Tan-Renga with the structure of the pantoum, which is best achieved by repeating entire lines.

The pantoum model utilized is the occidental form as practiced over the last two centuries
in various European countries*.    It also ignores rhymes, which is not uncommon in modern European and Canadian pantoums.   The main objective was to repeat integral lines and keep the two-tier structure of each verse in the Tan-Renga, while retaining the spirit of Japanese style poetry.

Each of the 12 stanzas in the Rengoum is structured in the following manner: the first
line of the 3-line verse is the last line of the 3-line verse of the stanza preceding it,
and the first line of the 2-line verse is the second one of the 2-line verse preceding
it.  The twelfth stanza, however, also contains lines from the first stanza to imitate the
typical ending of a pantoum. Finally, I opted for a collaborative writing approach for the
Rengoum, as is normally done  in renku.  The style grid for the Rengoum can be found after the Rengoum which follows this introduction.

Because of the repetition of the lines, special care must be placed at the ending of each
stanza so as to leave enough “grammatical room” for the other writer to compose the next
stanza, using a line written in the previous one, while leaving him room to be able to shift
the meaning and create something fresh.

The first Rengoum was written with fellow poet, Lucie-Soleil Ouellet.  We successfully composed “Faire semblant et rien d’autre”, which will appear in the Revue du Tanka francophone, Vol. 2, No. 6.  The second Rengoum, written in English with Mike Montreuil, is called “Bicycle for Two”.  Comments are welcomed and can be sent to:

* Échelle et papillons by Jacques Jouet, Les Belles Lettres, Architecture du verbe; is an
excellent anthology about the European pantoum, and features a good number of pantoum in English language as well as in other languages.

See the poem BICYCLE FOR TWO by Mike Montreuil & Luce Pelletier

Below are eight Renhai for your review for possible inclusion in the next issue of Lynx (June, 2009). Renhai is a short collaborative form in the hakai tradition that I been developing with others since the August, 2007. A number of haiku poets have worked with the form and a Yahoo group was set up to share ideas and results (this home page of the Studio provides a quick summary of the form):
More information about Renhai can be found here: Detailed introduction:
com/group/renhai/message/938. Step-by-step tutorial: <
Looking forward to your reply, Vaughn Seward, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada



The talk I gave here on April 23rd can be viewed at: Jane

 Dear Werner, always looking ahead, I'm enclosing a pleasant summery sequence.  The eponymous "Ingrid" actually refers to Ingrid Pitt, the only film actress who ever embodied my macabre ideal...Evidence against me just keeps mounting... –Carl Brennan

dear friends & family,my neuro-surgery consult went well yesterday at dr. paul maurer. i am going to have a myelogram done next week at Strong.  my surgery is scheduled for June 10th; should be in the hospital for 3 days, have a neck collar for 8 weeks & no driving for quite a long time.  please keep me in your prayers, that the myelogram shows less involvement than the MRI showed; he has to fuse at least one of my vertebra & maybe up to three. i pray not that many and i pray that God will bless dr. p. maurer's skilled hands during the surgery. he is one of the best neuro-surgeons in the US. i appreciate all the prayers you can send my way. god bless all of you!  happy springtime!
love & prayers,    Pamela  Pamela A. Babusci []



The new Sketchbook is now on line. We hope that you will enjoy the new video feature. This issue contains two videos produced by Editor Karina Klesko and one video produced by Shanna Baldwin Moore: _Video: Then and Now, an A. D. Winans Photo Gallery 
( _Haiga Video: Heart Beat_
( —Pris Campbell and
Karina Klesko _Happy Mother's Day Video_
—Shanna Baldwin Moore. Please check the Announcements section on the left column of the contents page. Consider contributing to the _May - June 2009 "wedding" Haiku
Thread_ ( and the _May / June "Sunflower(s)"
2009 Kukai_ ( The Link to your work: _March / April 2009 Sketchbook_
a.htm) The Sketchbook Editors, Karina Klesko and John Daleiden


Curtis Dunlap continues his good work of informing poets on a weekly basis with his blog – tobacco road poet.

Hi friends, Just a quick note to say that there's a new photo-haiga exhibition at
www.reedscontemporaryhaiga.com_ ( -- "The Turning Point" by Peggy McClure and Raffael de Gruttola. It shows a very creative approach to photo manipulation using Polaroid film and various multi-media techniques. Also, I've uploaded a reprint of an interview with me that originally appeared on _www.haigaonline.com_ ( "Starlit Mountain: How White Space and Imagination Work in Haiga." Check it out! Jeanne Emrich

This website is focused on the poetic rhyme of my creation called indriso. I wish it may be a pleasant experience for you. Sincerely yours, Isidro Iturat DEFINITION OF INDRISO IN SEVERAL LANGUAGES


Friends, At last, the stone radif challenge issue is online. You may access from a link on the main page (URL in my signature). This is an outstanding issue with 23 quite varied ghazals. I hope you will enjoy it. All the best, Gino Peregrini, The Ghazal Page

Good Morning, everyone, and Happy Earth Day! We've just added two more exhibits to our Spring Gallery: 1) a selection of haiga for Earth Day by Mary Davila, Billie Dee, Anne-Marie Glasheen, Jadwiga Gala Miemus, Linda Papanicolaou, Linda Pilarski, Andy Pomphrey, Carol Raisfeld, Emily Romano, Alexis Rotella, Manoj Saranathan and Detelina Tiholova 2) a portfolio by Alexis Rotella for the survivors and the victims of the April 2009 Earthquake in Central Italy. Please join us! Linda Papanicolaou

I'm hoping that Juxta will develop as an academic membership, and do what other academic groups do: create an annual international conference and publish proceedings. The goal of Juxta is to validate haiku (in whatever place, language or country) as an estimable academic study. And to raise in the eyes of academe the visibility of the genre and genre research. The journal will have a section with presented haiku, but in the form of papers with analysis and/or commentary. So there will be no haiku submissions/selections (as within a literary journal). Generally speaking, papers will follow the academic practice of having abstracts, citations, references and thesis statements which indicate what the author wishes to demonstrate or prove. I think the first issue will likely contain mostly reprints of important papers -- future issues will contain a reprints section as well. The subscribership will include university professors, grad students, and university libraries. Right now Juxta has no particular university affiliation, but if the journal takes off, this may be possible. Along with a 2010 conference and online publication of Proceedings and past journal issues. Best to you, Richard Gilbert,  Juxta, Senior Editor <


The New Issue Of Haiku Reality Is Out Izašao Je Novi Broj Haiku Stvarnosti
Your further contributions to haiku reality are most welcome! Thank you! Saša Važić, editor Sadržaj


The editors of Roadrunner would like to invite you to participate in a new project. The publication of Richard Gilbert's Poems of Consciousness (Red Moon Press, 2008) seems not only important and timely but also groundbreaking and perhaps controversial, heralding a new day in haiku poetic studies and interpretation. Instead of simply having one person review this book for Roadrunner, we would like to invite you to take part in a project that would involve the voices of many. A kind of "collage review," if you will. We are looking for thoughts, responses and opinions, positive or negative, or both, about the book. Feel free to write whatever you want. We are not looking for essays, but well written, succinct commentaries (a few paragraphs, or even just a sentence or two) on your reactions, opinions, points of inspiration, disagreements, frustrations, points or areas you wish there were more of, etc. If you do not have the book, we encourage you purchase a copy:

Much of the material inside it, in different formats and versions, can be found on Richard Gilbert's websites:

In other news, we are considering publishing certain material (a kind of 'best of') from the 2009 issues into a special hard copy/print edition which would be available for purchase sometime in early 2010. If you are interested in something like this, please let us know your opinion, ideas, advice, or any other feedback on this. We look forward to hearing from you. And please feel free to pass this onto others who might be interested. sincerely,
Scott Metz & Paul Pfleuger Jr. Roadrunner


Concise Delight Magazine of Short Poetry. Issue 1. Summer 2009
You are invited to submit poems for the Summer 2009 issue of Concise Delight. The submission deadline is June 30, 2009. Submissions will NOT close earlier than the deadline. Concise Delight Magazine of Short Poetry is a biannual journal, published as a 4.25" x 6.87" paperback pocket book. Information about each issue and excerpts from each issue may be posted online at . Concise Delight is dedicated to publishing the very best of very short verse, from one to nine lines in length (not including title). Many general interest poetry journals give little or no space to very short verse; Concise Delight specializes in it. Every short form, from one-line epigrammatic poems to three-tercet poems, and free verse up to nine lines in length, are welcome. We judge each poem on its own merits, not by formal compliance. For example, when a poet submits a tercet, it is not judged by any of the widely varying haiku standards, nor as senryu, nor as zappai. It is evaluated for its intrinsic poetic merit. Poems published in Concise Delight will not be labeled nor categorized. This is not a magazine about form; it is a magazine dedicated to top quality very short verse. Concise Delight prefers poems that are written in a natural, modern, English idiom with great care for the sound of the verse when spoken. Artificial “poetic language” is not appreciated. Poems in sets and sequences are not wanted. All selection decisions will be made at the sole discretion of the editor. Previously unpublished work, not on offer elsewhere, is solicited.
Concise Delight, Baltimore, Maryland USA. Website:
Editor: Denis M. Garrison. Email up to 10 poems to the Editor at submissions @  Before submitting, please read the detailed submission guidelines and haiku selection criteria on the website at  No payment for publication. No contributor copies. Thank you for sharing this call widely - especially beyond the Japanese short form poetry community. Sincerely, Denis M. Garrison, Editor, Concise Delight

 A new website for short poetry with haiku, haiga, tanka, essays, symbiotic poetry and prose, published by Dietmar Tauchner, bilingual German/English www.chrysanthemum-haiku.

The Berklee College of Music in Boston caters to students who are interested in developing and marketing their skills as professional musicians.  Their concentration is on jazz and popular song styles from rock, all the way to fusion ensembles of all genres of music.  They are not a Conservatory which stresses more the Classical training of musicians. Fusion Magazine informs the students about many aspects of the schools student population who come from all over the world and at the same time opens a dialogue for their interests.  Some of the instructors are familiar with different international forms of music. They emphasize the varieties of musical styles and interpretations.  Since many students at the school are from Japan, the editors of Fusion Magazine thought it would be a good idea to feature haiku, and haiga in this issue. The website is: . Raffael de Gruttola

Red Moon Press celebrates the tenth year of publication of contemporary haibun as the only book and series committed to the best haibun and haiga produced each year. This volume contains 54 haibun, ranging in style from memoir to journal to short story, in tone from the arch to the mystical, in content from the commonplace to the supernatural. Add to this 25 haiga which include the most traditional approaches side by side with creations employing a multitude of styles from other traditions and media, and the result is a volume unique in contemporary English literature. "contemporary haibun has stood alone for a decade as the chief vehicle and bulwark of the burgeoning haibun movement in English. Without the vanguard role of this annual anthology, one might reasonably inquire how and perhaps if haibun would have survived." Jeffrey Woodward, Editor, Haibun Today. contemporary haibun Volume 10 is now available online at or by ordering from Red Moon Press. If you're a contributor to the volume and have not yet ordered your copies at the contributors' rate, contact the press directly at redmoon@ Thank you all for your continued support. Jim Kacian.

The new issue of Shamrock Haiku Journal, the online magazine of the Irish Haiku Society, is now available at  This issue focuses on Polish haiku, and, as usual, has a big international haiku section, as well as a haibun and a book review. Don't miss the results of the Shamrock Haiku Journal Readers' Choice Award 2008 just announced in this issue: we have an Irish runner-up this year! And an Australian winner! Shamrock is an international quarterly online journal that publishes quality haiku, senryu and haibun in English, and has a home page at Shamrock Haiku Journal is calling for submissions from local, national and international haiku poets for the next issue, which will be out in early June 2009. Please submit your work to the editor, Anthony Kudryavitsky, at irishhaikusociety[at] The deadline for submissions is 31st May, 2009. See submissions guidelines at .
Also, please find attached Irish Haiku Society Newsletter, the latest issue (also available here: It has information about all the haiku events and competitions around the world. For those who live in Ireland and can listen to Lyric FM, check out the interview with Anthony Anatoly Kudryavitsky about haiku, which will be broadcast on Friday 6th of March at 7pm. Finally, a haiku reading + workshop with A. Kudryavitsky will take place in Ennis, Co. Clare as part of Ennis Book Club Festival, on Saturday 7th of March at noon. More info here: or here: With best regards,
Anthony Anatoly Kudryavitsky, Ph.D.Editor, Shamrock Haiku Journal Dublin, Ireland
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Red Moon Press announces the release of white lies: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2008. white lies is the 13th volume in this most awarded series in the history of haiku publishing. The details: 182 pp., 8.25" x 5.5", ISBN 978-1-893959-80-4. 133 haiku, 18 linked forms and 5 essays on the reading, writing and study of the genre. $17. You can purchase this volume online at < where you can also see the listings of our other fine books on haiku. And of course you can purchase this in the conventional way through our hard copy catalog. If you need a catalog, please send a request to this email with your snailmail address and we'll get one to you right away.

Turtle Light Press is glad to announce its second bi-annual Haiku Chapbook competition.  In general, we are open to both traditional and modern-style haiku but have a particular fondness for haiku that deal with both people and nature. Please submit an original, unpublished collection or sequence of poems on a theme of your choice between 12 - 24 pages, two haiku per page maximum, postmarked by December 1, 2009. For entry fee and more details, please go to:

The Boston Haiku Society's 21 Anniversary Anthology, wind flow, is a beautiful letterpress edition, perfect-bound, 72 pages, with poems, prose and artwork in black-and-white and in full color.  The Anthology includes the work of 22 poets and artists in English, German Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Romanian and Russian (all foreign language poems are translated into English).  Included are haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, haibun, and renku.  Sumi'e art is included by the late Kaji Aso. Poems in the collection have won recognition in the World Poetry Contest, Vol. 2 in Japan (2007), moonset Contest II (2008), and the haiku Calendar Competition (2008), and the Kaji Aso Studio Haiku contest (2007 and 2008) as well as being published in all the major haiku magazines in the United States and Canada. It's available only from members, and only until this limited print run has sold out.  Copies can be obtained from Raffael de Gruttola, who will handle distribution for $10.00 plus $3.00 dollars for postage and handling at 4 Marshall Road, Natick, MA 01760 USA or for $15.00 plus p & h outside the US and Canada.

Haiku Canada Logo 
The winner of the Haiku Canada logo contest is Lesley Dahl.  Her design, which is currently featured on the Haiku Canada web site, was selected by the members of the Executive from the many that were considered for this contest.  Thank you to everyone who participated. Philomene Kocher, Contest Coordinator

Hi my friends --  Norb Blei did a very nice thing for me by posting an e-interview he conducted with me along with a haibun on a website he produces with Klaus Theimann who is based in Paris. I'm humbled..... Jeff Winke

Concert of haiku songs (and some other repertoire) will be Sunday April 5  at 2 p.m., at the (Vancouver) Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. Free of charge. Just show up. Concert about an hour. See "events".


                                                            the sound of things under things
                                                            beginning to think
                                                            spring melt

Lin Geary, Paris, ON

Janick Belleau who has selected (along with HC member Jessica Tremblay from B-C and a French Haikuist, Dominique Champollion) and edited the collective work, Regards de femmes – haikus francophones (86 haiku women and 283 of their previously unpublished haiku and senryu) will be touring France in June to speak about the contribution of French writing women to the advancement of Haiku. From June 5 to June 15, she will be giving speeches, participating in round tables, giving workhops or reading in public in Beauvais, Nantes, Lyon, St-Clair-du Rhone and Paris. If you would happen to be in France during those dates, please contact Janick (see HC Membership List for email) for details before May 10.

The Magpie Haiku poets of Calgary had a very positive experience on February 7, when we did a reading before a large crowd of those who had booked a place on line, Library staff and people who had just dropped by on that gloriously sunny day. Our readers consisted of Tim Sampson who was also our M.C. Lucille Raizada, Nan Puntil, Sylvia Santiago, Lori Roadhouse Haney and myself. We were missing Joanne Morcom who was partaking in a Yoga Laughter workshop which she will be presenting for the membership at the Haiku weekend in May. Be prepared to giggle. DeVar was unable to be with us due to family commitments and no doubt he is also in deep preparation for the May conference. Sylvia and Nan are the newest members of our group and although they were a little apprehensive at first, they went on to thoroughly enjoy themselves and the rest of us got to hear new and exciting work being read aloud for the first time.
News to share:Lucille is currently publishing her fourth Haiku Chapbook which she will use as a fundraiser for Development and Peace. She and Pat have had Haiku accepted for the North American Haiku Conference in Ottawa in August and both are hoping to attend. Pat was awarded third place and an honourable mention for Haiku submitted to Wintry Haiku, and her Tanka was published in the recent edition of Gusts. Lori is very active in the League of Canadian Poets and she is M.C. for the Single Onion Poetry Series on April 19.  Joanne's book A Nameless Place is selling nicely. She also has a very classy website if you want to check it out at:  We try to meet monthly and hopefully once the weather allows us two fine days in a row, we will venture outside and do some Renga in the sunshine. Creative thoughts to everyone. Pat

The winter meeting of KaDo was held March 7th at the Royal Oak Tavern.  Many of the members present shared recent news of their publications and awards. Terry Ann Carter received the Lucy Maud Montgomery Award sponsored by the Anne of Green Gables Symposium in Japan. Claudia Coutu Radmore (Sakura Prize), Mike Montreuil (Honourable Mention), and Sheila Ross (Honourable Mention) were recognized in this year’s Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival haiku contest.  Mike Montreuil will have his haibun included in the Haibun Online annual anthology. As well, his chapbook of haibun will be published in May through Ink Sweat and Tears. The meeting focused on the topic of writing haiku, and knowing when and where to send your poems for publication. Guy Simser described the Japanese elements of wabi sabi, aware, and yugen through the examples of several haiku. Ambiguity often provides the energy and mystery in a haiku.

shallow brook water
running over stones
never the same face

the sweaty darkness
of its silent floating world
a single firefly

April morning fog
gripping gnarled cherry bark
dead white moth
Guy Simser (these haiku have appeared previously in KO Magazine, Japan)


The Haiku Poets of Central Maryland’s first meeting of 2009 was held on Saturday, January 31, at the home of Beth Edelstein in Timonium, MD. Present were: Elizabeth Fanto; Tony Nasuta; Tim Singleton; Susan Sanchez-Barnett and Dave Barnett; and Cathy Drinkwater Better; along with welcome guest—and friend of Beth’s—Anita Poloway.
Sending in poems to share in absentia were Kirsty Karkow (Waldoboro, ME), Joan Murphy (West Hempstead, NY), Maria Steyn (Johannesburg, South Africa), Joan C. Sauer (Berlin, MD), Pamela A. Babusci (Rochester, NY), Edith Bartholomeusz (Phoenix, AZ), and Rajib Phukan (Mumbai, India). A sampling of the poems read aloud at the start of the meeting (an asterisk denotes work submitted by e-mail or snail-mail):

a poplar petal
slips into the storm drain
~Tim Singleton

snow clouds overhead
leaves swirling around gravestones
pizza man arrives
~ Anthony (Tony) T. Nasuta, Jr.

upside-down egret
stalking the edge of the pond
strikes at his reflection
~Joan C. Sauer*

pale winter moon
bare ice-covered branches
solstice arrives
~Beth Edelstein
full moon
a snail inches
up the window
~Maria Steyn*

Between you and me, my love
In the last night of the year
Our breaths and stardust memories
~Rajib Phukan*

by the door
karate test
~Susan Sanchez-Barnett*


Member News: Pamela A. Babusci reports that she won the 2008 Tanka Splendor Award for her tanka sequence “Fathers & Daughters.” In addition, she received an Honorable Mention in the 2008 Winter Moon Awards for Haiku as well as an Honorable Mention in the 2008 Saigyo Awards for Tanka. Congratulations, Pamela! Several HPCM members have been honored with inclusion in white lies: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Editorial Staff. They are: Roberta Beary, Tim Singleton, and Cathy Drinkwater Better. Materials on hand: In addition to several recent haiku journals and magazines, Tim Singleton also brought copies of the latest issue of the Little Patuxent Review, a fine Maryland area literary journal. For additional copies, contact Tim at They are $10 each. Tim and Beth also brought out their collections of artistic haiku cards and notes exchanged with poets around the world in a New Year’s project in honor of the Year of the Ox (cow). Each one was different, and bore the particular personality and creative stamp of its creator; and they have inspired many of us to look forward to participating in next year’s challenge.

Discussion: The Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards: Going Forth. This year marks the fifth year HPCM has sponsored the ASW awards, which were founded along with the inception of the group. For a variety of reasons, we are suspending the contest next year while we reevaluate how to make the contest more user-friendly during times of global economic meltdown and seeming haiku-contest-overload. Stay tuned! (Note: The 2009 entries are currently with our secret “celebrity” judge for adjudication. The name of the judge will be revealed, along with the winners, on April 1.)

Poemsheet: Copies of Lunch Break, our November 2008 poemsheet, are free for the asking. For three copies, send a No. 10 SASE to: Elizabeth Fanto, 51 Gerard Avenue, Timonium, MD 21784 USA; or Cathy Drinkwater Better (Walker), 613 Okemo Drive, Eldersburg, MD USA. (Outside the U.S., send one SAE + US$1 or 1 IRC.)

Book Notes: In mid-December 2008, Black Cat Press (owned by Cathy and her husband Doug Walker) released their latest project, In the Company of Crows: HAIKU and TANKA Between the Tides, by Carole MacRury, with sumi-e illustrations by Ion Codrescu, edited by Cathy Drinkwater Better. Contact Carole at Also, Geert Verbeke’s new book Hermit, text and illustrations by Geert, is a collection of ruminations on the writing and history of the haiku form. E-mail Geert at or visit him at The next meeting of HPCM will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the home of Tony Nasuta in Timonium, MD. For more information, e-mail: or


Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival haiku table
Pacifi-kana will host a haiku table March 28th and 29th at Van Dusen Gardens in conjunction with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Days events.  We, the members, hope to lead short ginkos into the gardens, encourage writing haiku on the sopt, and pass out brochures on haiku "how to" resources.  Carole MacRury will be teaching haiku to elementary school classes during the week associated with the Sakura Day Events.  See the VCBF website for all the events. Pacifi-kana is also hosting the Haiku Canada Weekend/Conference  May 15, 16, 17.  Come to Vancouver for haiku and fun!  See the Haiku Canada website for more information. Speakers: Janick Belleau -   Friday 7:30 - 8:30 pm  ‘Haiku Women Connected through Recurrent Themes’.
Themes favoured by Haiku women, whether they are French, English or Japanese, are recurrent through Time. The content, including haiku reading, will concentrate solely on the wide-ranging Everyday. Janick Belleau was born in Montreal. Graduated from Ottawa University. Lived seven years in Winnipeg. Back to Montreal since 1987. Published a sociocultural portrait, "Le Manitoba des femmes répond – questionnaire Gabrielle Roy"; a poetry collection, L’En-dehors du désir and a haiku & tanka collection, Humeur… / Sensibility… / Alma… in three languages. She coauthored with Micheline Beaudry, an erotic haiku and senryu anthology containing 182 poems from 77 contemporary poets, L’Erotique poème court / haiku. She most recently authored another anthology of 86 haiku women and 283 of their previously unpublished poems, Regards de femmes – haikus francophones. Her poetry (tanka and haiku) and her feature articles appear in feminist and literary journals mainly in French-speaking countries. She is a member of Association française de haiku (France), Haiku International Association (Japan) and Haiku Canada.

Joanne Morcom - Saturday 10:30 - 11:15 am Connecting Through Laughter with Joanne Morcom, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. Created in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, Laughter Yoga is a series of movement and breathing exercises designed to stimulate laughter and cultivate an inner spirit of joy and childlike playfulness.  It's a technique that invites laughter without using jokes or humour. Laughter Yoga increases the oxygen supply to the body and brain, making one feel more energetic, healthy and creative.  Safe, easy and scientifically proven, Laughter Yoga is lot of fun in a group setting.  Nothing brings people together like laughter! Joanne Morcom is a much published haiku and tanka poet from Calgary, Alberta.  She also loves to laugh, and recently became certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader.  She's a strong believer in the world peace through laughter movement.  Seriously!

Winona Baker - Saturday 5:15 - 6pm The title is The Haiku Universe for the 21st Century; sub titled Japanese /  English Haiku 2008, JAPANESE HAIKU 2008.  Although haiku has spread far from Japan, it is probably the most written verse form world wide and serious haiku poets know the work of eg Basho, Busan, Shiki et all.  Most are much less familiar with the work of haiku poets writing/ who have written since them. (A book includes those born after 1945.)  There seems to be an unfamiliarity with newer haijin, although some have been writing for 60 years or so. Winona Baker has written six books: International Haiku winner of  The Foreign Minister’s Prize celebrating Basho 1989; international tanka winner 2001, has won humor, free verse, and sonnet contests; poems in over 90 pb and hc anthologies in N.America, New Zealand, Japan and Europe;  some work translated into Japanese, Croatian, French, Greek, Yugoslavian and Romanian publications.

Karen Sohne - Renku master Karen Sohne is from Long Island, New York; living in Toronto for the last 9 1/2 years, with her husband , Marshall Hryciuk. I enjoy renku for the generative effect it has on my writing. At these renku sessions, I will play the part of guide to newcomers, while hoping to write a few good links of my own.

Marshall Hryciuk - Renku master Marshall Hryciuk won the Klostar Ivanic Croatian Int'l Haiku award in 2006 for "in noon light", the HIA Tokyo award for 2006 for "in darkness" and the 2002 Asahi Shimbun Award for "first butterfly.” He was President of Haiku Canada from 1990 through til 1998 (8 years) and lately publishes haiku in Kokaku, Presence, Haiku Canada Review, Frogpond and Modern Haiku. Of the 16 books of poetry he’s had published, 8 of them are haiku. He’s been leading Haiku renku sessions at Haiku Canada Weekends since 1993. Born in Hamilton, he lives in a tree-filled part of Toronto, still writing 4 kinds of poetry; haiku, translations of symboliste poetry, concrete / visual poetry and declarative poems. 

Michael Dylan Welch - MC for Saturday and deja-ku  Friday  8:30 - 9:30pm
For more than fifteen years, Michael has been collecting "deja-ku" (a term he coined), which are poems that bring to mind other haiku, whether they might be plagiarism, cryptomnesia, parody, homage, allusion, or simply being on the same topic. Deja-ku are common in the haiku community -- they're an occupational hazard of the haiku poet. Michael's presentation will focus on our emotional responses to examples of deja-ku of various types. Michael Dylan Welch is a former vice president of the Haiku Society of America, cofounder of Haiku North America and the American Haiku Archives, and founder and first president of the Tanka Society of America.

Carole MacRury Saturday 4:15 - 4:30 pm pacifi-kana member Carole MacRury will give a reading from her book "In the Company of Crows.” The poetry of In the Company of Crows was inspired by her home in Point Roberts, Washington, a unique coastal region straddling the U.S./Canadian border just south of 49th parallel. The beach on which she walks, plays, and meditates; the pastoral settings of her island abode; the nearby river delta; and, of course, the ocean…Icelandic ponies, coyotes, migratory birds, Orca pods which visit offshore—these are the places and creatures that inform the backdrop of MacRury’s work.

Marco Fraticelli - Saturday8:30 - 9:30 pm    Anonymous Workshop followed by the launch of the latest title from the King’s Road Press Hexagram Series: For a Moment by Michael Dylan Welch.

DeVar Dahl - President   MC for Friday night and meeting


Editors Jim Kacian, Bruce Ross and Ken Jones welcome you to the new issue of CHO: Ray Rasmussen. Managing Editor, CHO

Hello, My name is Penny and I'm with HAIKU (, a new directory of haiku, poetry, literature and books. We're also a place to publish original haiku. We're a new directory, so this will help us to increase our search engine rankings and online presence. Thank you, Penny Monasterial, Link Administrator

We are preparing to publish a new online journal for haiga, DailyHaiga,  that will be a sister publication for to DailyHaiku. My aim is to encourage haiga with a strong literary component. I think we can fill a niche that is not covered by other journals that publish haiga, and that will complement rather than compete with these journals. My strategy for encouraging quality and not competing is to allow the use of previously published haiku (peer reviewed and usually the best a given artist has to offer).  I  am inviting you to be part of the inaugural first 6 months which I will devote to established artists who are invited to provide high quality haiga. My idea is to set the standard for the journal when it is opened to the wider community. I would especially like to receive at least 10 haiga.  I have provided details in the text below (includes guidelines that will be for community wide submissions later on).  We will also accept exceptional previously published haiga but only as part of this invited series, particularly those which may have appeared only in print and are thus not widely accessible. I hope you will agree to be an invited contributor. Patrick Pilarski is constructing an elegantly designed website with easy navigation and advanced searching/archiving features which will hopefully make artists eager to have their work displayed on DailyHaiga. We will widely publicize DailyHaiga to encourage a large readership that goes beyond the smaller haiga community. I am eager to hear from you and hopefully to receive your contributions to DailyHaiga. All the best, Linda M. Pilarski, Associate Editors: Patrick M. Pilarski (Haiku), Nicole Pakan (Artwork)

The new February 2009 issue of Roadrunner Haiku Journal is now online: With the posting of the November 2008 issue, the founding editor, Jason Sanford Brown, has given up the wheel and has put it into my hands. I am truly sad to see him go. It was great working with him. But I'm thrilled to have been able to help him with the journal the past couple years, and I'm honored to take the wheel. I want to thank him for creating a new, alternative platform for English haiku, for having brought me on board in the first place, and for having the confidence in me to steer it forward. I hope to continue to present a journal that allows and encourages haiku to evolve, broaden, reinterpret, experiment and challenge: the only ways in which haiku, or art of any kind, can modernize, reform, and retain significance. I have asked Paul Pfleuger Jr. to be my assistant. I very much look forward to considering your work: Also, I am very much in need of a Webmaster for the journal. If interested, please do let me know asap. Lastly, this new issue, which I am thrilled to share with you, is nearly twice the size as the last, and contains a wealth of both new and more experienced voices. I hope you find something of interest, something that challenges you, changes you and, most of all, inspires you. Please do let me know your thoughts. most sincerely, Scott Metz.



Larry Kimmel

Ed Baranosky


Vaughn Seward

Jane Reichhold

Carl Brennan

  Pamela A. Babusci

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden

Curtis Dunlap

Jeanne Emrich

Gino Peregrini

Linda Papanicolaou

Richard Gilbert

Scott Metz

Saša Važić

Denis M. Garrison

Anthony Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Red Moon Press

Turtlelight Press

Dietmar Tauchner

Raffael de Gruttola

Philomene Kocher

Jeff Winke

Lin Geary

The Magpie Haiku poets of Calgary

The Haiku Poets of Central Maryland

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Joanne Morcom

Winona Baker

Karen Sohne

Marshall Hryciuk

Michael Dylan Welch

Carole MacRury

Marco Fraticelli

DeVar Dahl

Jim Kacian, Bruce Ross and Ken Jones

Penny Monasterial

Linda M. Pilarski

Scott Metz


Back issues of Lynx:

XV:2 June, 2000
XV:3 October, 2000
XVI:1 Feb. 2001
XVI:2 June, 2001
XVI:3 October, 2001  
XVII:1 February, 2002
XVII:2 June, 2002
XVII:3 October, 2002
XVIII:1 February, 2003
XVIII:2 June, 2003
XVIII:3, October, 2003
XIX:1 February, 2004
XIX:2 June, 2004

XIX:3 October, 2004

XX:1,February, 2005

XX:2 June, 2005
XX:3 October, 2005
XXI:1February, 2006 
XXI:2, June, 2006

XXI:3,October, 2006

XXII:1 January, 2007
XXII:2 June, 2007
XXII:3 October, 2007

XXIII:1February, 2008
XXIII:2 June, 2008

XXIII:3, October, 2008XXIV:1, February, 2009


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