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. 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 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 haiku and tanka poet (Modern Haiku, Ribbons, Mayfly, Frogpond, The Mainichi, Prune Juice, The Asahi Shimbun, Presence, the anthology Yanty’s Butterfly, Zen and Son (a collection of his haiku and his father’s haiku) and many more publications). He is a content manager by profession.
He was awarded the Touchstone Award for Individual Poems by the Haiku Foundation in 2017. He was given an honorable mention in 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 Klacsanzky, a 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 Edmonds, U.S.
To see a selection of his work, you can visit his summary of published work.
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 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
One of the most vibrant, supportive, and knowledgeable online communities on the Internet for haiku, Haiku Nook has members from all over the globe. Almost every week, members of Haiku Nook contribute their thoughts and feelings to Haiku Commentary.