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Frogpond 44.1 • 2021

Museum of Haiku
Literature Award

Haiku & Senryu

Essay 1 - "Menidcants"

Essay 2 - "Basho on War"




Book Reviews

From the Editor

Haiku Society of America





From the Editor

This will be my last issue as the editor of Frogpond. I have enjoyed my time as editor, but it is time for someone else to take the helm. That someone is Tom Sacramona, whom I wholeheartedly welcome to the post.

I want to thank all the people who made my time as editor pleasant and possible. First, let me thank Ignatius Fay, whose layouts give Frogpond the beautiful look that it has. I also want to thank the two people who served as associate editors, Jay Friedenberg and Tom Clausen. Their fine sense of haiku aesthetics helped guide my choice of haiku. Of course, I want to give a shout out to Randy Brooks for his excellent book reviews that have graced the pages of this journal. Also, a big Thank You to all the poets and readers of Frogpond for your fine poetry and encouragement.

Lastly, just in case you were wondering, let me mention that, of late, over 500 poets have been submitting to Frogpond a total of almost 4,000 poems each issue. One time I counted, and out of those thousands of haiku, 302 of them mentioned the moon or moonlight. So now you know what is undoubtedly the most popular topic.

Again, thanks to everyone who made my time as editor enjoyable and rewarding.


Michael Ketchek, Editor