Annual Selection, Sharpened Pencil

The Annual Selection 2012 from The Mainichi is a collection of all haiku being presented during the year. 14 German Tongues and their 40 works have been presented this time (in number of appearance): Heike Gewi (5), Lothar M. Kirsch (7), Elke Bonacker (2), Horst Ludwig (2), Ramona Linke (5), Rudi Pfaller (6), Valeria Barouch, Walter O. Mathois (2), Cezar F. Ciobica (2), Beate Conrad (4), Bernhard Kopf, Gesine Becker, Claudia Brefeld, Helga Stania.

Sharpening the Green Pencil is the name of the contest, organized by the Romanian Kukai Group. This year 15 authors from Austria, Switzerland and Germany participated. Though they have not been mentioned as winners, their 28 haiku were published - and worth reading: Sylvia Bacher, Valeria Barouch, Piotre Bratzki, Frank Dietrich, Volker Friebel, Sebastian Hengst, Silvia Kempen, Wolfgang Rödig, Birgit Schaldach, Angelica Seithe, Georg C. Sindermann, Heike Stehr, Joachim Thiede.

Notes from the Gean, issue 18, publishes haiku from Stella Pierides and Beth McFarland.

Seven years ago, Angelika Wienert wrote about Issa. David Lanoue presented the essay on his haikuguy-homepage.

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