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Haiku in the new year

Don Wentworth is the editor of Lilliput Review and author of Issa's Untidy Hut. Responding to my question  "What are your hopes for American haiku over the next year?" Don offered this:   chatting on the porch, two sparrows flitting in autumn mist…

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Matching Grant Fundraiser Off to a Great Start

The Haiku Foundation annual Matching Grant Fundraising, which runs from Thanksgiving Day through St. Nicholas’ Day (December 6) is off to a great start. Thanks to the largesse of Fund Challengers Roberta Beary, Kristen Deming and Anonymous, we are offering…

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Celebrating life at death's door, part 2

Kozan Ichikyo died at 77 on Feb.12, 1360. Empty-handed I entered the worldBarefoot I leave it.My coming, my going —Two simple happeningsThat got entangled. A few days before his death, Kozan called his pupils together, ordered them to bury him without…

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What is it about compact poems?

What is it about compact poetry that makes it special? Makes it seem more charged? For me, compact poems are all essence. Sometimes, a small poem can be a good sign that the poet put the pen down before the…

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