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Frogpond 38.2 • 2015

Museum of Haiku
Literature Award

Haiku & Senryu

Essay 1 - Haiku Diction

Essay 2 - Haiku Ethics


Haiku Sequence


Book Reviews

From the Editors



From the Editors

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
                                 ~John Maynard Keynes, Economist

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
                                 ~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Physiologist

Isn’t it interesting to find scientists and social scientists of the past century speaking directly to poets of the 21st? There’s something about the creative process that is universal across time and discipline. To make anything—a theory, an experiment, a poem—requires thought, and true original thought depends on an immediate, sensory apprehension of the world. Original thinking also requires a willingness to discard the tame response when it comes to investigations of natural phenomena, both inner and outer.

The reading period for the spring/summer issue hatched a record number of submissions, and, as always, we purposefully looked for work that treats familiar ideas, images, and words in ways that energize what is possible in English-language haiku. We hope you will be challenged and find inspiration on the pages of this issue.

Putting the final touches on an issue always comes with a sigh of relief, but mostly with a breath of gratitude for all those whose work we were priviledged to read; for the authors of essays, reviews, and feature pieces who persisted until the last t was crossed and the last i dotted; for the HSA contest coordinator and judges, as well as the executive committee for their support; for our proofreaders, Charlie Trumbull and Bill Pauly, and Noah Banwarth for his technical support.

Thank you, to Steve Hodge, for his delightful pond frog, and deep gratitude to our amazing Chris Patchel, who turns our eyes to the sea and to all that blows in on the four winds of this season.

Francine Banwarth, Editor
Michele Root-Bernstein, Associate Editor

Francine Banwarth, Editor
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