October, 2011

A Journal for Linking Poets  


Karina Klesko

Don Ammons

Steffen Horstmann


Polish International Haiku Club

Journal of Renga & Renku


The Ghazal Page


Revue du Tanka francophone


Simply Haiku

contemporary haibun online

Haibun Today 

The Fib Review

Roadrunner Journal

Atlas Poetica

Showcase Haiku Haijin



. . .you probably have heard that Betty Kaplan passed away on July 25 of heart failure. Here is the link for the virtual card for the family. I have not been on all summer so just trying to get into the swing of things. The link for the card, more are added each day . It will appear in the next issue of Sketchbook with her tribute. Hugs, Karina Klesko

. . .I have just read an article on the Danish haiku site by one J.S.H. Bjerg that quotes you extensively.  Do you know him? Go to the site,  Then put the mouse on ARTIKLER and click. Under vinter 2011 you will find seven articles listed.  The last two are by J.S.H. Bjerg, and the next to last is the one I have just read.  It begins with a Jane Reichhold quote. And how are you? Hope all is well in the great north woods. Don Ammons

. . . In recent years I've taken the opportunity, from time to time, to review past issues of LYNX. To be honest, I've been humbled by the experience--in my realization of how much there was that I didn't know about the ancient eastern forms. For instance: before reading LYNX I had no knowledge of haiga, and learning of haiga was truly a fascinating experience for me. I also realized that my understanding of the practice of haiku was very much out-of-date. But the greatest pleasure for me is to be able to read the work of contemporary poets who continue to practice these forms.

. I spent most of 2010 revising older ghazals, written between 2003-2008. I found in rereading those poems that many of them had the capacity to be improved upon.  It's a bit of a strange experience, to return to poems I'd written six or seven years before and begin working on them anew. In some cases the revisions were minor, but there were a few ghazals in which I felt it necessary to delete several couplets and write new ones to replace them. The working draft of the manuscript will be sixty-four ghazals, but I think ultimately the size of the book will be determined by the kind of feedback I receive.

I'm certainly aware of Jane's extensive knowledge of the ghazal, and will always welcome and appreciate her feedback, suggestions, as well as her thoughts on the development of the ghazal. A couple of years ago I came upon an interesting essay on the evolution of the sonnet by Anthony Hecht. In this piece Hecht cites examples of experiments with the sonnet by contemporary poets. Some of the poems featured in his
essay include a minimalist sonnet, and a poem of fourteen lines without rhymes that has very long lines (like a prose poem)... One of the things that interested Hecht is that to his knowledge no one complained about these poems being called sonnets.
I believe the reason for this is that any avid reader of poetry knows the types of sonnets (the canonical forms) because of their extensive practice in English over many centuries. So as readers we know immediately if a particular poem calling itself a sonnet is in fact a
traditional sonnet or not. I think it is inevitable that what has taken place with the sonnet will occur with the ghazal (if it hasn't already). We live in a time when anyone interested in researching the ghazal or learning how to write a ghazal in it's classical Arabic or
Persian/Urdu form can quickly obtain this information. So I don't believe that its valid to claim that a poet who, say, writes a poem that doesn't follow all of the rules of the ghazal (but calls the poem a ghazal) is deceiving readers that the poem is a traditional ghazal. These days experienced readers of poetry will already know if it's a traditional ghazal or not. I certainly think poets should still be encouraged to write traditional ghazals, but I don't believe experiments with the ghazal in any way devalue the classical versions
of the form. I hope I wasn't too long-winded with that explanation! I'd certainly be interested to hear what you and Jane think. Sometime soon I'll let you know when I'll have the working draft of my book ready, and will also keep you informed on my progress with the essays on the German poets. It's been a pleasure writing to you! Steffen Horstmann



Entry form for the Polish International Haiku Club’s haiku contest can be accessed here :

competition open to anyone


Submission Period

1 August 2011 — 16 October 2011


1 (one)
not previously published in any form






three lines
within the 5-7-5 syllable pattern
no strict syllable count




>> here <<


Jane Reichhold — Final Judge
Rafał Zabratyński — Pre-Selector


11 November 2011
(Jury’s decision is definitive and irrevocable)


books, diplomas and souvenirs for:
1st Place (one haiku)
2nd Place (one haiku)
3rd Place (one haiku)
Commendations (ten haiku)


Krzysztof Kokot

Journal of Renga & Renku, we are delighted to announce this year’s renku contest which will be judged by well-known renku poet, Eiko Yachimoto. Details: Entry fee: None Deadline: 1 October 2011 Prizes 1. The winning poem will be published, together with a detailed critique, in the 2011 issue of the Journal of Renga & Renku. All entries will be considered as content for inclusion in the journal.2. A small (and yet to be selected) prize will be sent by way of congratulation to the sabaki or one designated participant  of the winning poem.
Details1. Only renku in the shisan form are eligible for this contest; 2. There is no limit on the number of entries you may send; 3. Both solo and collaborative shisan are eligible; 4. Previously published shisan are also eligible for the contest; 5. Shisan that include verses written by the contest judge or editors of JRR, or  led by them, are NOT eligible for this contest.
Entry procedure:The leader or sabaki of the poem is designated the contest entrant and should do the following:1. Send a clean copy of the poem (stripped of initials, schema notes, renju's names etc.) as a Word (or RTF) document attachment to (RengaRenku AT gmail DOT com); 2. Mark the subject line: Shisan contest/name of poem/name of sabaki, e.g. Shisan contest/October's Moon/Moira Richards;3. In the body of the email, paste the following text:I hereby confirm that I have obtained consent from all of the participating poets to enter this poem in the 2011 JRR Renku Contest, and to offer it for publication by JRR; 4. There is no need to list the names or number of poets who contributed to the poem. We'll contact you later for this information if we decide to publish.
Judging criteriaThe judges will look for: 1. evidence of appreciation of both the renku genre and its shisan form; 2. successful employment of jo-ha-kyû movement; 3. effective use and variety in linking techniques; 4. a rattling good poem
The editors Journal of Renga & Renku



The new ghazal challenge is on the theme of music, with a deadline of 31 December 2011. New! Year's! Eve! (I go to bed earlyanyway.)Here's the URL for the challenge: Gino Peregrini, The Ghazal Page

Liebe Haiku-Freunde, dear haiku-friends, die Monatsbeiträge August 2011 sind online  haiku-art … haiku and haiga of the month August 2011 are online:
haiku  - Volker Friebel; haiga  - Magdalena Banaszkiewicz / art - Konrad Banaszkiewicz
Eine gute Zeit … wish you nice summer days.Haikugrüße aus dem Mansfeldischen,
sincerely yours, Ramona Linke

Dear friends, Ardea, the new online multilingual journal for haiku, tanka and related forms, is now live at Submissions for issue 2 are welcome. Guidelines are on the website. Please feel free to publish this notice and forward it to anyone who may be interested. All best wishes, John Kinory, editor

. . .Canada Post was on strike for 25 days. Only today did I receive the 2011 June issue of the Revue du Tanka francophone of my free and abridged adaptation of your Introduction to your collection Take Tanka Home. The link to see the content (titles and short summaries) of the literary revue for June is Or to read the advertising of my adaptation of your text, one may go on my web site:
I gave the following title to the article: Jane Reichhold et le tanka : 30 ans d’histoire. I will let you know when the issue is sold out: the editor will then put the content of it on his web site and I’ll put my adaptation on my own site. In friendship, Janick Belleau

Simply Haiku, Summer 2011, Vol. 9. No. 2
W E L C O M E! Robert D. Wilson,  Saša Važić Co-Owners, Co-Publishers, Co-Editors
and the staff members

. . .Editors Jim Kacian, Ken Jones & Bruce Ross announce the release of the July 2011 issue of contemporary haibun online. Enjoy the editor’s haibun pick and a special feature: Haibun as Journalism, and haibun by 31 writers.

. . .Editor Jeffrey Woodward recently released the June 2011 issue of Haibun Today containing articles, interviews and reviews and haibun and tanka prose offerings.

. . .Submissions are open for the partly complete website, “Romance under a Waning Moon”, a website of haiku, tanka, haibun and images about the ups and downs of later in life romance: Email:

. . . Just a note to let you know that the June issue is online Not too many tanka in it this time, but there are a couple in the Contemporary Haiga section--one of Susan Constable's and one of mine. Enjoy! Lorin Ford

The Fib Review Issue #10 has been posted to the Muse-Pie Press site.  This issue features an international community of poets of Canada, Italy, New Zealand, the UK, and the US. Visit the site to read the outstanding Fibonacci poetry from poets new to the Fibonacci form as well as some poets featured in previous issues of the Fib Review. Be sure to visit the Writer’s Archive which links the poems of all of our previously published poets to the archived issue in which they were published. Submissions for Issue # 11, due to be posted in December 2011, are now being accepted.  Please send your submissions to  Be sure to put “For the Fib Review” in the subject line.

Roadrunner Journal is now up at: New ku by 20 poets; The Scorpion Prize 23 by Joseph Massey (author of Areas of Fog and At the Point).
Submission for 11.3 are most welcome. Send submissions to Scott Metz [] with 'Roadrunner Submission' and your name in the subject line. Include your submission in the body of the email; no attachments please.  
Please send 5 to 25 ku at a time for consideration. No single poem submissions, please (they will be ignored). Also, please limit yourself to sending only two submissions per reading period. All poems must be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. Please read the journal before you submit work. At this time there is no payment for accepted work. The submission deadline for issue 11.3 is December 1st, 2011. 
We look forward to them!

Liebe Haiku-Freunde/Innen, Freunde des Renku …gerne möchte ich in der Zukunft versuchen jeweils zur Mitte jedes Monats auf haiku-art ein Renku zu posten, wenn möglich unveröffentlicht … da mir die Renkudichtung sehr am Herzen liegt. Den Anfang macht Hans Lesener mit dem Solo-Stück „Warten“ … Warten – auf haiku-art  Danke für Zeit und Interesse und viel Freude …Grüße aus dem Mansfeldischen,Ramona Linka

Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka, issue 9, is now available from < One of the advantages of switching to the new printer is more reliable distribution, including via Therefore, all issues from ATPO 9 forward will be available for sale at Amazon, as well as through the printer at at < On the other hand, purchases made through the printer pay larger royalties to the journal, thereby helping secure its financial support. Issues sold through must pay a cut to Amazon, and so return less to the journal. However, we understand that many people are already customers of and prefer the convenience of shopping for ATPO along with their other Amazon purchases. Ultimately, it doesn't matter how you support tanka poetry, as long as you do. Small presses depend upon their readers' support to be able to continue publishing high quality, innovative works. Atlas Poetica has been published since the Spring of 2008, and is a unique venue not only for poetry of place in tanka, kyoka, waka, and gogyoshi, but is one of the few print journals to publish sequences, tanka prose, and non-fiction. ATPO's large format means it can accommodate lengthy works, as well as sizable selections by individual poets. Past issues are archived on the website for free at: In addition, ATPO sponsors 'Special Features' focussing attention on different topics in tanka literature, all of which are always free on the website. Thank you for your support. Cordially, M. Kei, Editor, Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka

A note from Karina. Some of you may know, as a woman I love to create new things. In addition to my Global Correspondents, the Little Black Book, Contributing Editors and Childwriter's Sketchbook, which were my last creations to the Sketchbook, I have a new one, Showcase Haiku Haijin, ie. SHH! I will scout out each Sketchbook Issue for haiku to Showcase. These haiku will be chosen by rigid standards. I have not set a limit to how many haiku will be selected for the Showcase Haiku Haijin; that will be determined and vary each issue depending upon the haiku submitted and selected for the issue. While our thread is themed and our kukai has a kigo, the Showcase Haiku Haijin (SHH), will not be restricted to a topic. However, each Showcase Haiku must have a kigo / season word in the season of the publication they are submitting to. Showcase Haiku Haijin is only for Haiku, no other genres. Later we will add Tanka as a separate showcase. Haijin may send up to five haiku for each bi-monthly issue: February, April, June, August, October, and December. Haiku entered in the Showcase Haiku Haijin (SHH) must be previously unpublished; they must not be work shopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print. In short, if the haiku has appeared on the internet or in print we consider it to have been published. The next deadline is 20, October, 2011 for the September/October 31, 2011 issue. Any autumn kigo may be selected. Send to: Shh@poetrywriting.orgSubject line: SHH and your name Include a Reference from which your Autumn kigo word was chosen; for example: Autumn Kigo: "morning dew"--autumn season/climate: The Haiku Handbook. William J. Higginson, p. 277. Autumn Kigo: "quail"--autum season / animals: The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words: on-line @ Autumn Kigo: "harvest time"--autumn season/humanity: World Kigo Database--on-line:
The World Kigo Datebase also maintains a list of regional Kigo. Other saijiki sources may also be used; just be specific. The July / August Sketchbook issue will not be published until September 30, 2011 due to the high volume of submissions and tributes.
Remember to submit your poems to the Found Poem Contest to be elegible for the 1st. prize of $50.00 or 2nd prize of $ 25.00. Read the Details here! Deadline is December 1, 2011. Send Found Poems to : Subject Line: Found Poem Contest plus Poet’s Name
Karina Klesko, Sketchbook Administrator








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