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


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
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  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:–9fbSETMBoEm8PhV34qOXvh6otrZWv3htuLVPhugSW4LymVbnNtEfuQv9O-I%3D

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 I am looking for haiku, senryu, tanka and haiga (to appear in monochrome)–preferably unpublished–on the aforementioned themes.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 or via US mail, including an SASE, to: 1343 Navellier Street,
El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Thank you very much!

Best wishes,


Back-to-School Ads

I always feel bad for the kids trying to enjoy their lazy summer days while being bombarded with back-to-school advertisements.  And as a parent, I must say the pressure for a whole new wardrobe to be purchased at once seems unnecessary.  The weather is usually mild the first month or more into the school year and the kids still wear their summer clothes anyway.  Ah well…

summer’s end
loose-leaf notebook snaps
echo in the hall

                                                                                                             -Sari Grandstaff, first published in The Heron’s Nest, March 2006