Dear Loyal Readers and Followers:
In case you haven’t checked it out, the Asahi Haikuist Network, a column from Japan that runs online twice-monthly, is a great resource of haiku and senryu written internationally. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/special/haiku/
Editor David McMurray has been writing the Asahi Haikuist Network column since April 1995, first for the Asahi Evening News and now for The Asahi Shimbun daily newspaper. He is on the editorial board of the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, is a columnist for the Haiku International Association, and is editor of Teaching Assistance, a column featuring graduate students in The Language Teacher of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT).
McMurray is Professor of Intercultural Studies at The International University of Kagoshima where he lectures on international haiku. At the Graduate School, he supervises students who research haiku. He is a correspondent school teacher of Haiku in English for the Asahi Culture Center in Tokyo.
McMurray judges haiku contests organized by Ito En Oi Ocha, Asahi Culture Center, Matsuyama City, Polish Haiku Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seinan Jo Gakuin University, and Only One Tree.
McMurray’s award-winning books include: Only One Tree Haiku, Music & Metaphor (2015); Canada Project Collected Essays & Poems, Vols. 1 — 8 (2013); and Haiku in English as a Japanese Language (2003).
I received a pleasant surprise in today’s issue, as David McMurray notified me of below:
from the ceiling
i hang my paper snowflake
sculpting the air
is in today’s issue.
Your haiku matches the paper decorations used by the priest in the sketch in