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Background: About This Photo-Haiku Gallery

This gallery is a collaboration between Simply Haiku and members of the Images Photography Club of Edmonton, Canada. Haiku poets from around the world were invited to view the photographic images and to submit haiku.

Poets an'ya and soji served as judges and were asked to select both the best haiku and what might be called short poems en route to becoming good haiku. In both cases, they were asked to offer their reasons for their selections and their suggestions for improving the haiku in order to make this web site a learning experience for the readers. The number of submissions for the 12 images varied highly, so in some cases only a few haiku were selected whereas in others, given the greater number of submissions, more were selected. Both an'ya and soji want to point out that their comments reflect their own preferences and sensibilities in composing English language haiku. an'ya would have put her famous "IMHO" next to each of her comments, but we trust that readers will understand that for both judges.

Participating Photographers:


an'ya . . . whose haigo (haiku nom de plume) loosely translates to 'a peaceful light in the moonless night', lives in Oregon, USA. She has been bestowed (too numerous to mention here) top world-class awards and honours for her haiku poetry, as well as other verse forms, not only throughout the United States, but in Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, India, the UK, Brazil, and throughout the Balkans. an'ya has 4 books out currently, haiku for a moonless night, haiku wine, crosswinds, and haiku in my apron pocket. Her personal website can be viewed at: Her extended biography is at: under staff members. Besides editing haigaonline, an'ya is the director for the World Haiku Club beginners sessions.

soji ... the pen name of Gary Barnes is a semi-retired adventurer and computer tech. He has been published in several online and print journals, and placed first in several kukais, including one of the Ehime Cultural Foundation's Shiki Commemorative Kukai, and the WHC's 2nd New Year Kukai 2001. His website, Haiku Poets Hut, one of the most beautifully designed sites on the Internet, was established in 1996 to promote the growth of English language and photo haiku.

The Simply Haiku E-Journal is, simply put, a monthly publication to showcase the best in Japanese short form poetry with an emphasis on haiku.

Copyright: All images on this web site are the exclusive property of the photographers. All haiku are the property of the haiku poets. No images or haiku may be used by anyone in any way without written permission from the photographer/poet. Simply Haiku does not have the right to further publish either the photographic images or haiku poems.