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Frogpond 45.1 • 2022

Museum of Haiku
Literature Award

Haiku & Senryu

Essay 1 - Split Sequences

Essay 2 - Nonhaiku of Bob Kaufman

Essay 3 - Covid Haibun


Interview - Laurie D. Morrissey


Book Reviews

From the Editor

Haiku Society of America



From the Editor

“The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.”

~James Baldwin

“Haiku enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing who we really are.”

~vincent tripi

Firstly, let us congratulate the Haiku Society of America’s newest members. There were 390 new mid-year sign ups to push HSA membership beyond 1,000 for the first time in 2021. This pandemic has been a difficult time for us all, and we hope that the journal has been able to provide some joy during these times. In many ways, it has made us love haiku all the more.

I am excited to share that the Society’s entire archive of 150 issues and members’ anthologies will appear online later this year for your reading pleasure. Among others, this is thanks in large part to 1) former Frogpond editor Jim Kacian who kindly donated a nearly complete inventory of Frogpond issues to the HSA; 2) HSA First Vice President Gary Hotham who shared over forty of his Frogpond volumes to fill in missing gaps from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; and 3) HSA Electronic Media Officer Randy Brooks who will be curating this digitized archive and who devoted considerable time to giving the HSA website a new look. It is important that the HSA has a digital record of its haiku history to share with you.

On this issue’s cover, Frogpond volume 45:1 features photography by the very talented Scott K. Murphy, specifically his cat’s paw prints enjoying snow on Scott’s patio for the first time. This issue marks Scott’s completion of a three-issue seasonal cycle for Frogpond. We thank him immensely for sharing his incredible work with the journal. He is a professor at the College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University, and more of Scott’s artwork can be found at his website: http://befuddledpress.com.

Many thanks to art editor Jamie A. Muth who has been providing beautiful pen and ink drawings for our Best of Issue Frogpond Award. Jamie also sought out and selected the next three-issue seasonal cycle of artwork by Eileen Kitrick. Eileen works in printmaking (linocut, screenprinting, & monoprint), and more of her work can be seen on her website: https://butterpress.square.site.

Finally, I wish to give a special thank you to our amazing editorial staff: Brad Bennett who reads and edits haiku with me each issue; Judson Evans and Lew Watts who alternate editing haibun individually issue to issue; Mary Stevens and Alan S. Bridges who worked together to bring you varied Linked Verse in the last two issues; and to Jacquie Pearce for joining Alan as co-editor of the Linked Verse section beginning this issue. I am sad that Mary has stepped back from editing this section, but we will hopefully keep her involved in a new capacity by bringing back the Re:Readings section per her suggestion.

We are growing our network of dedicated book reviewers, expanding beyond the hard-working nucleus of Kristen Lindquist, Laurie D. Morrissey, and Randy Brooks to now also include Jay Friedenberg, James Schlett, Mary McCormack, and Taofeek Ayeyemi in addition to a number of feature guest and contributing reviewers. Please get in touch if you would like to take part in book reviews or submit an essay for consideration. Thank you to all those who already have.

I encourage you to send us Re:Readings submissions of brief commentary on haiku/senryu published in issues 44:2, 44:3, and 45:1 for use in our remaining 2022 issues by email to frogpondsubmissions@gmail.com.

I hope you enjoy the issue—thanks so much for reading! Stay safe and take care.



ISSN 8755-156X

Listed in the MLA International Bibliography, Humanities International Complete, and Poets & Writers.

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