What is Haiku Commentary?

Haiku Commentary is a weekly (more or less) publication that was made to help people learn more about haiku and related forms, and to discover the greatness of perhaps the smallest type of poem. We share commentary on poems from both living and passed on poets.

Haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, haibun, and shahai are selected and written about in-depth, and posted here with the permission of authors, who retain their full copyright. Authors can submit their poems and have it commented on, or submit poems with their own commentary. If authors want to write a response to their commentary, they are free to do so and we will post it as additional commentary. See our “Submissions” page for more information.

About Our Staff

Editor and writer: Nicholas Klacsanzky

Nicholas Klacsanzky is primarily a haiku and tanka poet (Modern Haiku, Ribbons, Mayfly, Blithe SpiritFrogpond, The Mainichi, Prune Juice, The Asahi Shimbun, Presence, the anthology Yanty’s Butterfly, Zen and Son, How Many Become One, and more publications) though he writes free verse poetry as well. He is a content manager and editor by profession.

He was awarded the Touchstone Award for Individual Poems by The Haiku Foundation in 2016. Also, he placed 2nd in the H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest in 2018, 2nd in Mandy’s Pages Tanka Time in 2018, 3rd in the Mad About Cherita Contest in 2018, had an honorable mention for the Porad Haiku Award in 2017, a commendation for the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award in 2017, and a merit award in the Montenegrin Haiku Contest in 2017. In addition, he was conferred with a certificate for being one of the top 100 haiku poets in Europe in 2015, 2016, and 2017 by Haiku Euro Top, curated by Krzysztof Kokot.

His father was George Klacsanzkya pioneer in the haiku scene in America, with his publication Haiku Zasshi Zo, the first haiku journal in the Pacific Northwest. Nicholas wants to carry on the tradition of his father by promoting haiku further. He lives currently in Kyiv, Ukraine.

To see a selection of his work, you can visit his summary of published poetry.

Assistant Editor and Writer: Jacob Salzer

Jacob Salzer has been writing poetry for over a decade. His haiku, tanka, and haibun have been published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Under the Basho, Chrysanthemum, A Hundred Gourds, Atlas Poetica, Haiku Canada ReviewPrune Juice, and The Heron’s Nest. In 2016, he served as the managing editor for the Haiku Nook Google+ anthology: Yanty’s Butterfly. He is currently managing another Haiku Nook Google+ anthology dedicated to the 600+ million people who don’t have access to clean water. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. The website for Yanty’s Butterfly can be found at: https://jsalzer.wixsite.com/yantysbutterfly

Haiku Nook

One of the most vibrant, supportive, and knowledgeable online communities on the Internet for haiku, Haiku Nook has members from all over the globe. Members of Haiku Nook contribute their thoughts and feelings to Haiku Commentary regularly.