What is Haiku Commentary?
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. Poets can submit their poems and have it commented on, or submit their own poems with their own commentary. If poets 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.
Editor: Nicholas Klacsanzky
Nicholas has had his poems and essays published widely in journals, books, and on websites. Additionally, he has collaborated in creating the following books: Yanty’s Butterfly, Zen and Son, and How Many Become One. He is a technical editor by profession.
Nicholas 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 International Kusamakura Haiku Competition in 2018, 3rd in the Mad About Cherita Contest in 2018, had an honorable mention for the Porad Haiku Award in 2017, an honorable mention in A Little Iris Haiku Contest in 2019, an honorable mention in the UHTS Fleeting Words Tanka Contest in 2019, a commendation for the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award in 2017, a merit award in the Montenegrin Haiku Contest in 2017, was a runner-up for the Reader’s Choice Award for Shamrock journal in 2017, and has won awards in several competitions on Haiku Column and My Haiku Pond online. In addition, he was conferred with a certificate for being one of the top 100 haiku poets in Europe in 2015-2019 by Haiku Euro Top, curated by Krzysztof Kokot.
His father was George Klacsanzky—a pioneer in the American haiku scene, 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 with his wife and dog.
To see a selection of his work, you can visit his summary of published poetry.
Editor: Hifsa Ashraf
Hifsa Ashraf is a multi-lingual poet whose work has been published in various international journals, magazines, anthologies, and books. She is the author of a haiku chapbook ‘Working with Demons – Workplace Islamophobia’ and a co-author of a collaborative chapbook with Alan Summers ‘The Comfort of Crows’.
In terms of her achievements, she is one of the finalists for the Sable Books Haiku Book Contest for Women for the echap ‘her deep-rooted scars: mental health issues of the Kashmiri women’. She won first place in the Third Annual Jane Reichhold Haiga Competition and third place in the Annual Tanka Contest 2017 by Mandy’s Pages. Her haiku and tanka received honourable mentions in The 19th HIA Haiku Contest and Mt. Fuji Tanka Grand Pix Contest, Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai for the Non-Seasonal Haiga category, Autumn Moon Haiku Contest, November 2019, UHTS annual AHA Haiku/Senryu Contest, 2020, haiku and haiga categories in the Third Edition of Santoka International Haiku & Haiga Contest, haiku selected for the “Masters of Japanese Prints: Haiku” based on Japanese prints in the collection at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, England, The Annual Betty Drevniok Award 2020 organized by haiku Canada org, and honorable mentions in the Best of Autumn Moon Haiku Journal.
Besides that, her short stories have been published in a UK-based online English magazine. She is currently working on her first children’s Urdu haiku story for the promotion of Urdu haiku at the primary level in schools.