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Other Haiku News / haibun and free verse book
« on: June 24, 2014, 11:05:48 AM »
I have published a book of my collected haibun and free verse. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, here is the link :) Much appreciated!

Other Haiku News / A book of three line free verse
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:18:41 PM »
I recently published a book of three line free verse. These are not haiku in any way, but I think they're fun :) Have a read?

EDIT: I'll re-post this when it is available on amazon

Journal Announcements / Kelsey's project - Raindrop Journal
« on: May 03, 2013, 07:27:04 PM »
Kelsey has started her own journal, (through the high school) and she is looking for short form poetry. The journal will be published in the school newspaper and on our site. Kelsey has written a few haiku, but her "micro" free verse poems are amazing. She is basically caught somewhere between the two, and that's why she started this. It'll be really cool to see poetry in the ABHS paper... I'm predicting that most of the poets that will submit will be high school and college kids, because there are posters around the school... but anyone is welcome to send her work. More info will come soon... but from now on Kels will be posting info and updates about this. Here is a link

Journal Announcements / Dark Pens call for submissions
« on: May 01, 2013, 03:46:16 PM »
Submissions for DP2 are now open. Please see the site for details

Thank you

Here is a free verse poem I wrote, I think I did an okay job reading it

any tips for improvement on my reading style? thanks! :)

I am, I'm really excited  ;D

winter stars
the darkness between
my dreams

winter stars
the darkness between
my day dreams

The original is posted first. I think day dreams makes this poem a lot better. Opinions?

Journal Announcements / DARK PENS ANNOUNCEMENT
« on: February 09, 2013, 06:41:27 PM »
Dear contributors and future readers, the submission deadline for the inaugural issue is almost here... so if you have any last minute submissions you would like to send me, please do that before March 5th. If you are still waiting for a reply to a submission, don't worry! I have been very busy with school so I haven't had a lot of time lately, but I will be going through my inbox soon to reply to any submissions that are there.

The inaugural issue is coming along very well. I have included many different kinds of short poetry... ranging from contemporary haiku, classic 5-7-5 haiku, short free verse poems and tanka. The first issue will be small in size, but big in quality. I didn't have hundreds of submissions to choose from, but  I had enough to fill the issue with some very good poems, and I hope you will enjoy it. I think Dark Pens will grow within the next year, as I submit to more directories and search engines... so bare with me!

Thank you for your support,


I have been reading haiku for awhile, (but havent gotten anything published until a year or so ago) and I have noticed some poems have been hinting at personification recently. Not toataly using it, just hinting at it. I'm just wondering if sometime in the distant future (say 100 years) if personification will be widely accepted in ELH? We'll all be dead by then lol, but it's just fun to think about.

From what I understand (and I am no expert), original haiku HAD to include some sort of nature theme. Now, many dont. and we call those poems senryu. but in Basho's day, if someone had made a senryu type poem... no one would have liked it because of the no nature theme. Just like today, if someone makes a personification "haiku", no one would like, or accept it. Again, I dont know a lot about haiku history... but I've been thinking about this for awhile now.

by the way, I'm not talking about personification like "the sun is smiling". maybe something like the sleepy moon or something along those lines.

Any thoughts?

I'm looking to find a place where I can read my haiku in front of other haiku poets. I have no idea where to go, or how to find these events. Any help is appreciated! :)

New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / a goodbye
« on: November 19, 2012, 10:30:38 PM »
I dont know how to say this... but after a long thought, I have decided to retire from haiku. with publications in six journals, i'll end on a high note. I need to find new ways to express myself. this year of haikuing was fun, but it's time to move on to other projects. 

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed my work, it meant the world to me.


In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / how to overcome writers block?
« on: November 19, 2012, 09:26:36 PM »
I haven't been able to form a good haiku in awhile, I think it might be from stress/lack of sleep. What are some tips to get over this? thanks in advance :)

Journal Announcements / Dark Pens announcement (VERY IMPORTANT)
« on: October 09, 2012, 08:04:00 PM »
Dear subscribers and contributors, due to an issue with our submission forms (sending each submission to the spam folder) we have decided to go old fashioned and just use regular email submissions. because i was in a hurry... I deleted my spam folder without checking the messages. As it was in the process of  deleting,  it I saw a good 5 to six submission forms in the box. But it was too late. So if you sent a submission or subscription within the past 2 or 3 days PLEASE re-submit it following the new guidelines in the submission form. Also, due to the higher number of submissions we will not be able to reply to them as fast as we would like. So please allow 2-3 weeks for a reply to your submission.

thank you.


Journal Announcements / Dark Pens, A journal of moon haiku
« on: October 05, 2012, 11:19:14 AM »
(I know the name was Moon Blood, but that name was domain name was already taken)

The moon is a powerful force of nature. Just step outside in the middle of the night when the sky is clear and the moon is full and look it for a moment. You won’t be able to deny that it feels magical and intense and amazing. And people over time haven’t been able to deny that either. In fact, the moon has been a central part of many myths and legends across different cultures precisely because of how powerful this part of the sky is. Subscribe to Dark Pens and see the moon in ways you never thought you could. 

Edited by, Chase Fire and Lemark Grey (*an Editorial page will soon be posted)

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