Friday, February 15, 2008


Thin but Rich

Correspondent: Lynne Rees

We’re a little thin on the ground when it comes to journals dedicated to haiku writing in the UK, but we’re lucky to have Presence, edited by Martin Lucas and published three times a year. It’s down to his insightful, editorial eye that a high standard of writing (haiku, senryu, tanka, linked verse, haibun, essays and reviews) is maintained. The amount of haibun published varies but there are usually between four and six in each issue.

In his most recent editorial (no. 34) Martin has specifically asked for submissions on the theme of ‘Climate Change’ but to avoid work that is politically ineffective and poetically disastrous he suggests that potential contributors write in response to a personal experience of climate change, adopting an oblique rather than a direct polemical approach.

Haibun on this theme should be submitted directly to Martin at: m.lucas27 (at) btinternet (dot) com

Other haibun, for the next and future issues, should be sent to the haibun editor, Fred Schofield, at: fredly24 (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk

The deadline is 31st March 2008.

Presence costs £4.50 ($10) for a single issue; £12 ($25) for three issues.

by Lynne Rees
Juan les Pins, France

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