Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Haiku 100 new edition

sunday-morning sex
lasts only as long as the
children's video

© Gerald England.

was my contribution to THE HAIKU HUNDRED.

The Haiku Hundred represented the outcome of the largest haiku event ever staged in the UK. IRON Press, in collaboration with the British Haiku Society, received more than 5,500 submissions when they invited work for this small anthology.

videos are now yesterday's technology and my contribution isn't the only one to reference pre-millennium technology:

On the VDU,
a bright ray of sunshine falls,
and the message fades.

© John Light.

This historic little book was published initially in 1992 and ran to six prints. It sold more than 10,000 copies making it the biggest selling book of English language haiku in the UK. It has been out of print for many years but is now published in a new format with every one of the 100 haiku intact.

Most of the haiku are timeless and some of the authors are no longer with us. One of my favourites is:

drawing a home
with a fenced in yard
the deaf boy

© Francine Porad

ISBN: 978-0-9931245-0-1
Price £5.00
Published in October 2015 by Iron Press
Edited by Peter Mortimer
Cover design by Kate Jones.