haiku by Buson translated by Mark Brooks
haiga by Kuniharu Shimizu from haijinx II:1
September 23, 2011
After several delays with issue IV:2 over the summer, the core editorial team of Mark Brooks, Alan Summers, and Carmen Sterba decided that haijinx should change publication schedule from quarterly to semi-annually. New issues will come out shortly after the equinoxes and future deadlines will occur around the solstices.
We spent some time finalizing our decisions for this delayed issue and only began contacting authors this month while kris moon, our artist-in-residence, started her magic with our final selections to create a truly unique and fantastic haikai experience. We hope you enjoy this issue when it is released in the coming days.
March 20, 2010
In celebration of the equinox, Mark Brooks, Alan Summers, and Carmen Sterba today continue the relaunch of haijinx, a journal focused on putting the hai back in haiku.
The hai found in the word haiku (and haikai) means “playful” or “humorous” and haijinx highlights this particular feature of haikai poetry. There is simply no hai in haiku without some sense of humor, lightness, or playfulness.
And what is this haikai? Broadly speaking, haikai includes haiku; renku (haiku-like linked verse); haibun (haiku-like prose that is often combined with haiku); and haiga (illustrated haiku). Although senryû (satirical poetry in the same rhythm as haiku) are sometimes classified as haikai, haijinx does not publish senryû. Indeed, clarifying this split between haiku and senryû remains one of the missions of haijinx.
The relaunch returns to haijinx‘s web-based multilingual roots, integrating haiku and haiga on the page, publishing poetry in native languages with English translations, featuring regular columns from world-class haijin, and including articles in multiple languages from multiple perspectives.
We accept original, unpublished haiku, haibun, haiga, renku, and sumi-e. We will also accept previously published work, but please include the publication information at the time you submit your work and do not submit work currently under consideration elsewhere. We are always looking for articles on haiku, even from authors who disagree with us. Please contact us with your article ideas beforehand.
The deadline for the next issue of haijinx is May 21st and submissions may be sent to our central address
submissions – at – haijinx dot org
For more details, please visit our submissions page.
haijinx is seeking haijin for exciting opportunities with an upstart haikai website.
Proposals for haikai columnists now being accepted. Multiple possibilities. Columnists are invited to submit proposals. Please contact Mark for details.
Reviews from critical readers now being accepted. haijinx publishes reviews of recent and classic haikai literature. Please contact us for a list of titles currently under consideration, to make suggestions, and to see how you might help.
haijinx normally publishes around equinoxes each year. Our most recent issue, haijinxIV-1, came out in March 2011. The next issue (scheduled for June when before we changed from quarterly) will be released shortly after the September equinox.
As we no longer have regional editors, our submissions process has changed slightly. If you have dealt with Mark Brooks, Alan Summers, or Carmen Sterba before, please continue to send submissions to them directly. Otherwise, please send your submissions to our main address — submissions -at- haijinx -dot- org — to have them routed to an editor.
Created in 2001 by Mark Brooks with an initial team of Alan Summers, Serge Tomé and Carmen Sterba, the haijinx team expanded by 2003 to include Paul Miller, Linda Robeck, and Billie Wilson. The majority of the design elements, not to mention a great number of excellent haiga, originated with haijinx’s first artist-in-residence, Kuniharu Shimizu. Other haijinx projects include the haijinx weekly wire (hww), started in 2001/2002 as both a haikai news feed and an alternate distribution of haijinx, as well as one of the first haikai blogs. haijinx suspended operations from 2003 through 2009.
On February 14, 2010, the lunar new year, Mark Brooks relaunched haijinx with a new haikai twitter feed, @haijinx. Then, six years after being pulled due to faulty external and internal links, the archive of the original haijinx issues returned. Then, on March 20, 2010, the equinox, Alan Summers, Carmen Sterba, and Mark Brooks continued the relaunch of haijinx. In 2011, haijinx shifted to a semi-annual publication schedule.