What is Haiku Commentary?

Haiku Commentary is a weekly publication that was made to help people learn more about haiku and related forms, and to discover the greatness of perhaps the smallest poem.

Haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, haibun, and shahai is 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 their 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 a widely-published haiku, senryu, and tanka poet (Modern Haiku, Ribbons, Mayfly, Frogpond, The Mainichi,  Prune Juice, The Asahi Shimbun, Presence, the anthology Yanty’s Butterfly, Zen and Son (collection of haiku his haiku and his father’s haiku) and many more), and a technical editor by profession.

He was awarded the Touchstone Award for Individual Poems by the Haiku Foundation in 2017. In addition, he was conferred with a certificate for being one of the top 100 haiku poets in Europe in 2015 and 2016 by Haiku Euro Top curated by Krzysztof Kokot.

On the side, he is a mentor for haiku, senryu, and tanka on the online group Poets on Google Plus. His father was George Klacsanzky, a pioneer in the haiku scene in America, with his publication Haiku Zasshi Zo. Nicholas wants to carry on the tradition of his father by promoting haiku further. He lives in Kyiv, Ukraine.

To see a selection of his published work, you can visit The Living Haiku Anthology and his summary of published work.

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: Haiku Nook G+ Anthology can be found at: https://jsalzer.wixsite.com/yantysbutterfly