Senryu Selections

January 2007

Senryu Selections

Editor : Susumu Takiguchi

Editor’s Welcome

In the last issue of World Haiku Review, a new experiment pursued at the World Haiku Club in its WHCsenryu, concerning the rethinking of senryu was explained. In this issue we continue to see some of the results of this experiment.

The following paragraph from the explanation is repeated here to remind the reader of the features of WHCsenryu:

“The main characteristics of Japanese senryu are summarised as okashimi (humour), ugachi (insightful and penetrating observations) and karumi (light-heartedness), though not all of these need to be present in all senryu, except perhaps for karumi. In dropping all non-Japanese definitions and conventions, the comparison between senryu and haiku, and the common practice of asking whether a particular work is haiku or senryu are particularly avoided as misplaced and causing confusion. In other words, at WHCsenryu senryu is pursued and developed as senryu in its own right and in relation to no other genres, especially haiku. In this sense, whether or not haiku has similarities or differences with senryu is totally irrelevant…”

Susumu Takiguchi
WHCsenryu Editor

List Of Poets Featured

Kevin Doran, UK
Elizabeth Fanto, US
Lorin Ford, Australia
Damien Gabriels, France
Victor P. Gendrano, US
Olga Hooper (Origa), US
Bill Kenney, US
Carmel Lively, US
Vinodh Marella (yajushi), India
Zhanna P. Rader, US
Terrie Leigh Relf (semi), US
Willow Katsumi Relf-Discartin, US
Bruce Ross, US
Adelaide B. Shaw, US
Shuichi Sakane, Japan
Tad Wojnicki, US/Taiwan

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The Best

1

cup final
he took the penalty to kick
himself!

Vinodh Marella (yajushi), India

Best Ten (In no particular order and including The Best)

1

morning after one-night
stand — hiding behind
bacon and eggs

Kevin Doran, UK

2

Too sleepy
to wash off my makeup —
dawn, art on the pillow

Zhanna P. Rader, US

3

class reunion
all the old flames
burned out

Elizabeth Fanto, US

4

old married couple
the bickering begins
before breakfast

Bill Kenney, US

5

ninetieth spring —
grandmother’s romance
in its peak

Olga Hooper (Origa), US

6

father’s day
a reverse charge call
from his daughter

Lorin Ford, Australia

7

sleepy street —

both heads down
old man and old dog

Damien Gabriels, France

8

a jogger
sucking in the fresh
exhaust fumes

Tad Wojnicki, US/Taiwan

9

Oh! bedbug
you know my sleeping habits
better…

Vinodh Marella (yajushi), India

10

cup final
he took the penalty to kick
himself!

Vinodh Marella (yajushi), India

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Zatsuei

separation agreement
he combines the light and dark
colors in one load

Carmel Lively, US

#

Animation cat —
luring it with the mouse
into My Images file

Zhanna P. Rader, US

#

apple gnawed in rows —
old farmer’s wife
with one tooth

Elizabeth Fanto, US

#

unsold valentines —
on the day after still waiting
for love

Adelaide B. Shaw, US

#

my neighbor’s cat
surveys the parking lot —
I need a new car

Bill Kenney, US

#

late for work
she calls sick
soccer mom

Victor P. Gendrano, US

#

Mt. Fuji cools off
in the white cloud yukata
worn out at the foot

Shuichi Sakane, Japan

#

slow day
the pedicab driver
stomps his foot

Bruce Ross, US

#

old man asleep
covered in crums —
out comes the hoover

Kevin Doran, UK

#

filling the trash
with my neighbor’s weeds
torn gloves

Terrie Leigh Relf (semi), US

#

a stream of ants
on the bathroom floor
black hairs

Terrie Leigh Relf (semi), US

#

this pickle
looks like a guitar!
saving it for daddy

Willow Katsumi Relf-Discartin, US

#

nori and pickles
for after-school snack
mama ate all the gohan

Willow Katsumi Relf-Discartin, US

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