A Window into Haiku

The Haiku Foundation’s Troutswirl blog has been featuring a weekly haiku segment on the theme of windows.  Curated by Kathy Munro (kjmunro) each week is a different window such as hospital window, storm window, train/subway window, window cleaner, etc.  If anyone would like to participate you can check it out here:  https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/category/archives/haiku-windows/.  Kathy, a haiku poet in the Yukon Territory, Canada, does a wonderful job selecting from among the submitted haiku and commenting on a couple of her selections each week.  Here is my storm window haiku followed by her commentary:

a sea of storm windows
all along
the evacuation route

Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, NY, USA

Those of us who are fortunate enough to have never personally experienced a flood, have probably seen the footage on the news of other places in the world… this is an extremely powerful poem because of the calm, detached description of a scene of destruction and devastation – the reader is not instructed how to feel…



Samurai Senryu

Interesting article by Dave Lowry on senryu in the October/November 2016 issue of Black Belt magazine.



Join or Renew Haiku Society of America Membership

Just a friendly reminder to renew membership for 2014 if you have not already. If you have not joined before, please consider it. The Frogpond subscription alone is so worth it. Plus you get Ripples newsletter with haiku news of regional and national events. Check out all the benefits of membership at http://www.hsa-haiku.org.


I did this last year when I was at Kripalu. It is a type of Hawaiian kirtan where you chant these four phrases. You chant for someone and then last you chant for yourself.  The four phrases are:

I love you

I am sorry

Please forgive me

Thank you


Haiku Society of America National Meeting in Seattle

June 21 – 23, 2013 is the Haiku Society of America national meeting in Seattle. Information can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/meetings-1/hsa-national-meeting-2013
All are welcome and if you are a haiku enthusiast and/or just interested in haiku poetry please attend. A great schedule of events and it is free.

Haiku for Thought in the Poughkeepsie Journal


Haiku for Thought

Haiku as oracle?  Why not?  This unique format for nontraditional haiku by Rachel Marco-Havens takes haiku in an unusual direction.  The deck of 50 cards is beautiful and thought-provoking.  The haiku can be appreciated as poetry and as inspiration.  A great gift for any haiku enthusiast or anyone who is intrigued by card readings.  It is available on Amazon.com.  I love mine.

Haiku for Thought

Haiku for Thought

Dodge Poetry Festival

At the Haiku Society of America table at Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, NJ this past weekend

Haiku Society of America Bulletin

Here is the link to the latest Bulletin from the Haiku Society of America. This contains info about haiku events which are open to non-members as well as members:


Anthology Call for Submissions

I will have a few of my haiku in this anthology on the theme of beginnings, firsts and renewals. Any haiku poets out there interested in submitting, here is the info. Mr. Epstein is a talented haiku poet and editor.

Here is the call for submissions:

I am editing an anthology titled, Now This: Contemporary Poems of Beginnings, Renewals, and Firsts. I am looking for haiku, senryu, tanka and haiga (to appear in monochrome)–preferably unpublished–on the aforementioned themes.
Poets retain all rights of publication, and I am unable to offer any compensation due to the large number of contributors.

Please send poems to Robert Epstein at worldofdewhaiku@gmail.com or via US mail, including an SASE, to: 1343 Navellier Street,
El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Thank you very much!

Best wishes,