to our "Same Moon" Issue

What other theme would we have for our first autumn issue than the moon? When I was a child, I lived in a small community where streetlights were few. Among my early memories is of viewing the moon through a neighbor's telescope. For many years I must have been busy with other things, but haiku and renku have brought me back.

As I looked for a particular title for the issue, there kept tugging at my mind one phrase from an otherwise forgotten haiku: "same moon." In a browser search I've learned that various haiku poets have used it, and it is a comforting image, isn't it? On a clear autumn night we can gaze at our one natural satellite and know that we share the experience with people throughout the world, through millennia, even if it means something different to each of us.

We hope you enjoy the issue. Traditional Haiga returns with a collection of four moon haiku by John E. Carley, and the winner of our Haiku this Haiga contest, Adelaide B. Shaw. Moon is also the theme of this issue's Haiga Challenge.

As it happens, the featured work this time is all collaborative: we have a wonderful new linked sequence from Ron C. Moss and Jim Swift, three urban haiga from Pris Campbell and James Owen Shepard, and an ekphrastic series by Anita Virgil that is based on European Medieval and Renaissance tomb sculptures.

What fascinates me about Anita's feature is that she was able to do so much with photo images that are available online through Creative Commons licensing. It has prodded me to pull together an idea I've had for some time: a short piece on using copyrighted material in haiga, with some useful websites and Internet resources. Many thanks to everyone who contributed their poetry, art and effort to making another full issue of Haigaonline.

On behalf of the resident staff, we wish you happy reading and a good night for viewing for the approaching Hunter's Moon.




Linda Papanicolaou