From the Editors
The process of creating Frogpond is exciting because so much of it is the hands of the fates. As editors, we never know what we will get and from whom. Therefore, the pieces fall into place in a way that is different each time.
For instance, in this issue, all three of the essays (including the interview) are by women—a first during our time as editors. In fact, of the forty-four essays we published in our prior ten issues, thirty-eight were by men. Also, the gender balance among reviewers is slowly getting better. These totals, however, do not count Revelations: Unedited, the invitations for which we purposely alternate between men and women.
Further, we have great variability in the number and quality of poems we receive in any given submission period. As a result, how many we publish in the section Haiku & Senryu varies considerably. Take this year as an example. The winter issue (34:1) had 155; the total for spring/summer (34:2) dipped to 95, and then the current issue rebounded to 152.
One more instance of fluctuation is in the section Linked Forms. In the last issue (34:2), it ran for seventeen pages, but, in this one, only for two, the lowest since 31:2 and 32:2 both of which had five.
Despite such unpredictable changes, we hope your positive feedback remains constant with this issue.
George Swede, Editor
Anita Krumins, Assistant Editor
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Toronto, ON M5S 2S8