The 19th issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry, is now available. This June 2016 issue is our final issue. All issues of A Hundred Gourds will remain available for the foreseeable future and we hope readers will continue to find them useful resources. We thank all of our contributors for the wonderful work AHG has been able to publish.
As well as our Haiku, Haibun, Haiga, Tanka and Expositions sections, AHG 5:3 presents two Features, plus a range of Expositions: further details can be found below.
‘In the Footsteps of Bashō: small group travel in Japan with a focus on Japanese Literature’
Beverley George shares her experiences, as literary adviser to Mitsui Travel, of leading small groups of haiku, haibun and tanka writers on inspiring journeys in Japan. Illustrated with many poems and photographs of people and places, this feature will bring reminiscences to those who’ve visited Japan and a lively feeling of what being there – where Bashō, Chiyo-ni, Shiki, Santōka and others lived, wandered and wrote – is like.
‘A Bit of Ourselves – Haiku by the Gourds Team’
For our final issue, we also leave readers with a little bit of ourselves. Each member of the AHG Team – editors, webmasters, web host and artist – has selected five to seven haiku of our own. A brushwork haiga by Ron Moss accompanies each person’s page.
Jo McInerney provides an essay on H. Gene Murtha’s bird haiku, Marion Clarke a commentary on a haibun by Terri L. French and David McMurray gives us something to think about with his commentary on ‘The President’s Haiku’.
Book reviews in this issue are by Michael Dylan Welch, Glenda Cimino, Jo McInerney, Gary Ford, Rodney Williams and Susan Constable.
Happy reading to all, and we wish all of our readers and contributors a pleasurable and fortunate continuation on the haiku-and-related poetry path.
Lorin Ford – Haiku Editor, Managing Editor
for the Editorial Team, A Hundred Gourds