issue 9-1
spring/summer 2008


We're going to start something a little new with the Contemporary Haiga section. Heretofore, I've waited to see what haiga we have received before developing a theme for each issue, but I have found that people are writing in advance to ask me what the theme will be. From now on, we'll be reversing that. Themes will be announced in advance, and the Contemporary Haiga section will be devoted to haiga exploring that theme.

The idea developed while the current issue was in progress, so for this one last time, Contemporary Haiga will be a little bit of the new, a little bit of the old. Our featured artists, Gerd, Mary, Jodie, and Claudette and Frank, work in a range of haiga styles: photography, photo-based imagery, digital art and scanned drawings and paintings. "Fragrant Breeze: Haiga on the Theme of Air" is more like a photo essay, with many artists exploring wind, the sky, fragrance and sound across the seasons. We hope you'll enjoy, and return many times to savor these wonderful portfolios and themed haiga!


Gerd Börner

Mary Davila

Jodie Hawthorne

Claudette and
Frank Russell


Haiga on the Theme of Air

Many thanks to the following artists who gave us their haiga for this exploration: Pris Campbell, Susan Constable, Norman Darlington, Billie Dee, Fred Flohr, Laryalee Fraser, Anne-Marie Glasheen, Ida Mahulja, Jacek Margolak, Allison Millcock, Shanna Baldwin Moore, Carol Raisfeld, Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic and Manoj Saranathan.


. . .and the theme for our December issue will be

Water, Fire, Air, Earth—the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that all matter was made of these four elements. In Asia the lists are somewhat different, adding a fifth element that may have been metal, or a state of non-being aether or space (our stars issue).

What might you do for an earth themed issue? Well, for starters, we'll be looking for haiga in earth colors (though black and white are always appreciated). Having an explicitly earth-related kigo in your haiku is not a requirement—in haiga, it's often the image that provides the allusion, and we welcome haiga that suggest and have an open relation to the theme. If you need some ideas to jump-start your creativity, consult your saijiki and think of the following:

mountains, hills, boulder, rock, pebble, sand, mesa, canyon, ravine, cave, crater, volcano, desert, dust, earthquake, landslide, mountain pass, ditch, field, path . . .

Send your haiga to the editor, paplinda@yahoo.com, on or before October 31, 2008. Haiga that we accept for publication will appear in the Contemporary Haiga section of our December 2008 issue.