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 from Pakistan. She is a multilingual poet who writes poetry in English, Urdu, and Punjabi.
In terms of her achievements, 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, respectively. Her haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, cherita, and free verse poems have been published in more than forty international journals and blogs.
She is also a creative designer who creates computer-based images for writing haiga on different social issues. She is currently working on a tanka collection in the context of the war on terror in Pakistan. Besides that, her short stories have been published in a UK-based online English magazine. The details of her publications are available on her blog https://hifsays.blogspot.com
Editor: Lucia Fontana
Lucia Fontana is an Italian haiku poet, and the founder and editor of Incense Dreams—a Japanese short poetry form bilingual journal—and the blogger of the website Chanokeburi.it, The Flowing Sound of Haiku.
She is a psychotherapist, a mother, and loves dancing tango, to use her voice for readings and songs, and creating ikebana. She is also fond of visual arts, kokeshi, matcha, and white peony tea.
Her achievements include being mentioned with honor in the 3rd International Autumn Moon Haiku Contest in 2016; short-listed in The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Individual Poems Award in 2017; ranked by “Haiku Euro Top” among the top 100 European haijin in 2016, 2017, and 2018; a finalist for the Haiku National Literary Award in 2017, Empiria Editions; ranked 4th in the Haiku Contest of Cascina Macondo in 2016, and in the European Kukai #18, summer, 2017.
Her haiku and senryū have been published by international print and web journals such as Modern Haiku, Hedgerow, Akitsu Quarterly, Cattails, The Asahi Shimbun, MoonBathing, Blithe Spirit, Failed Haiku, Stardust Haiku, Brass Bell, American and British Haiku Society Anthologies, as well the historical Japanese newspaper The Mainichi Shimbun. Furthermore, two haiku-life features of hers have appeared in The Haiku Foundation‘s and International Haiku Poetry Day‘s Haiku Film Festival in 2017 and 2018.
Editor: 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 Review, Prune 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