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Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
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Celebrating Seven Years of a Great Journal

All past issues are archived and available for viewing in the Archives and via the Search Engine


Simply Haiku published its last issue in the Winter of 2009. It was a quarterly journal created by the dedicated efforts of a team of volunteer editors and webmasters and was contributed to by a vast number of today's writers and artists in the genres of haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, renku, and traditional and modern haiga. Simply Haiku also offered articles, interviews, and book reviews featuring renowned figures from the international Japanese short-form poetry community along with reprints from other journals that merited wider distribution.

In particular, the contribution of Robert Wilson is notable who along with Rob Mestre founded Simply Haiku and who then played a key role in attracting writers from the haiku world. Also notable was the behind the scenes service of Associate Editors Johnye Strickland and Carol Raisfeld, and of Keith Heiberg, who served as Webmaster/Web Editor. Also behind the scenes, Mike Rehling, the owner of the Simply Haiku website and domain name, generously contributed the service provider that allowed the journal to show up on computers in homes all over the world. The Archives have been secured and will remain available for readers to enjoy and for scholarly research through the searchable Contributors' Index. Copyrights reside with the individual contributors, whose permission should be sought for reproduction in any form.

All of this was, of course, orchestrated by the spirit of poet-monk Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) who somehow reached out to all of us from the distant past and who is represented here by the frog looking on to the bud of the idea of Simply Haiku in 2003 to its full flowering as the years progressed.


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